Too much of swimming, sunbathing and outdoor activities in the sun usually leads to a stinging, red sunburn. The best thing to do for relief from sunburn is to try out some of these home remedies for sunburn.
Add a few tablespoons of baking soda to your cool tub water and soak in it for only 15 to 20 minutes and not longer as it can dry out your skin. When you come out of the bath, don’t wipe off the water. Instead, let it air-dry so that the baking soda does not get wiped off.
Add half to one cup of oatmeal to cool bathwater instead of bubble baths, oils or bath salts for relief from sunburned skin. Don’t use cold water as it will only send the body into shock. After bathing, air-dry your body and don’t wipe off the oatmeal from your body.
Aloe Vera gel is a great sunburn home remedy that takes the sting and redness out of sunburn by constricting blood vessels. Just slit open the aloe Vera leaf and apply its gel directly to the burn five to six times a day, for a few days.
Home remedies for sunburn relief involves applying a cool compress directly to the burnt areas. Soak a washcloth in cool water and directly apply it to the burnt area for a few minutes several times a day to relieve discomfort.
Do not use ice or an ice pack, and make sure you rewet the cloth often to keep it cool. For better effects, you could also add baking soda or oatmeal to the water and use the washcloth after dipping it in this water.
Sunburn means burnt or dried skin; so rehydrate your skin by drinking as lots of water to recover from sunburn. You can tell you are hydrated when your urine becomes almost clear once again.
Home remedies for sun burn for widespread burns is to soak yourself in a tub of chilly water to cool the burn and ease its sting. Avoid using soaps as it will only irritate the skin. If you do need to use one, use a mild one like Dove and rinse it off.
Don’t use any washcloth, loofah or bath sponge in the water as it will only irritate your skin. Pat and don’t wipe yourself dry using a soft towel. It is not advised to linger in the tub for hours as too much of soaking can aggravate dry skin and cause itching and peeling.
After soaking or wiping yourself with a cold compress, immediately apply a moisturizer. For better relief, chill the moisturizer in the fridge before applying.
Potatoes offer a great sunburn home remedy. Wash two potatoes, cut them into pieces and blend them till they are in liquid form. If it looks dry, add some water to it and apply this paste to the burnt areas. Take a cool shower when the potatoes dry up. You can also add the paste to clean gauze and place it on the burn, and change this dressing every hour till there is relief from pain.
If the pain is really bad, you can take an OTC pain reliever like aspirin or ibuprofen. While this only provides relief from pain, it is these home remedies for sunburn relief that gives better relief from stinging and redness of the sunburn.