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Sunburn Remedies from Your Kitchen

Early in summer, it’s sometimes hard to remember sunscreen before it becomes habit. My 6-year-old came home from a pool date this afternoon having spent several hours in the sun without a shirt, hat or sunscreen, and later in the evening, as his skin turned a brilliant red, I found myself searching the internet and asking the Twitterverse for advice on home remedies. It turns out there are plenty of products commonly used to ease the pain and heat of a sunburn while acting as a salve against skin damage — and many of those items you’ll likely find in your kitchen.


  • Yogurt 1 of 10
    Yogurt
    Cool plain yogurt can calm hot skin, soothing and moisturizing straight from the fridge.
  • Vinegar 2 of 10
    Vinegar
    The most replies I had on Twitter recommended vinegar -- white or apple cider. One concerned friend advised: "White vinegar on a paper towel, and dab the skin. Works miracles to help take the sting away." Try adding a cup or two to cool bathwater, or soaking paper towels and applying to your burn. Photo: Stock Xchng
  • Tea 3 of 10
    Tea
    Black and green tea contain tannins and other compounds that ease swelling and according to Best Health Magazine can help protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation damage. Photo: Stock Xchng
  • Oatmeal 4 of 10
    Oatmeal
    Best Health Magazine suggests that if you're burned all over, take a soak in a cool bath with some oatmeal -- grind up a cup in a food processor and add it to your bath. Photo: Stock Xchng
  • Ketchup 5 of 10
    Ketchup
    This was the strangest suggestion, via Twitter because of its vinegar content and tomato. Yum. Photo: Stock Xchng
  • Cucumber 6 of 10
    Cucumber
    Best Health Mag says cucumber or potato slices could help; they contain compounds that cool the burn and help reduce swelling. Photo: Stock Xchng
  • Baking soda 7 of 10
    Baking soda
    Mix baking soda and vinegar to make a thick paste, suggests Best Health Magazine, slather it over the sunburned areas before bedtime and leave it on overnight.
  • Fresh mint 8 of 10
    Fresh mint
    Best Health Magazine recommends the cooling, aromatic qualities of mint; make peppermint tea or mix two drops of peppermint oil with a cup of warm water, then chill it and apply to the affected area. Photo: Stock Xchng
  • Potato peels 9 of 10
    Potato peels
    Natural News says potato peels are an age old remedy for sunburns; doctors have found that in case of minor burns, potato peel bandages can be more effective than conventional dressings, providing moisture and anti-bacterial properties that help speed healing. Photo: Stock Xchng
  • Lavender 10 of 10
    Lavender
    Natural News also recommends lavender or lavender oil to soothe skin and prevent peeling. Photo: Stock Xchng

Top photo: Stock Xchng

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