Easy Ways to Ease Sunburn Pain
So, you spent the day playing beach volleyball or you fell asleep on your beach blanket. The result: sunburn. No matter how much sunscreen you use, there always seems to be a place or two that gets overlooked; things like bikini line, tops of feet and around bathing suit straps are frequent problems. Here are some easy home remedies.
In the Tub
Draw a cool, not ice cold bath. Mix in several heaping tablespoons of baking soda and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t soak longer than that or your skin will dry out. Another bath remedy is 1/2 to 1 cup of oatmeal. Stir it in and soak. Aveeno makes a tub soak which should be used according to package directions.
DO NOT use a towel to dry off, but rather allow yourself to air dry.
There are several things that you have in your kitchen that will help your sunburn. Mix equal parts of milk, ice cubes and water and soak a wash cloth. Then apply to the affected areas for 5 minutes and repeat three times. Sunburn can be helped with potatoes. Take 2 washed potatoes and put them in a blender until a liquid is formed. Soak gauze in the liquid, apply to the sunburned skin and let dry. Then shower off and once again, air dry.
Topical Sunburn Solutions
Aloe vera is always a good go-to for sunburn. If you buy aloe lotion, keep it in the fridge so it goes on nice and cool. Or cut a leaf from your aloe vera plant and apply the gel directly to the sunburn. You can dust affected areas with corn starch. Solarcaine has an anesthetic that will ease some of the pain. Look for lidocaine in the ingredients for any anesthetic lotion.
Take an anti inflammatory medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Drink lots of water. It will help rehydrate your skin. Do not use oil based lotions. If your skin blisters from your sunburn, do not use any topical applications.
And most of all, next time out in the sun be sure to use plenty of at least SPF 30 sunscreen.
Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in June 2013. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.