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11 Home Remedies to Get Relief from Sunburn and Suntan Naturally

Updated on March 7, 2013
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Neha has been writing beauty articles for 5 years. She is passionate about skincare and natural remedies.

Sunburn skin after over exposure to the sun
Sunburn skin after over exposure to the sun | Source

Sunburn or suntan is the outcome of excessive exposure to the ultra violet rays of the sun. You may like the feel of the sun, but too much exposure to the sun can cause sunburn. Home remedies for sunburn are very effective, even for mild, painless state and for extremely painful condition. Feeling warm on touching, blisters, reddish and sensitive skin are some of the common symptoms of sunburn. To get relief from sunburn naturally, below are 11 home remedies to rescue you from this itching and painful problem.

Aloevera gives instant relief from sunburn pain

Whenever you return home from outside, do wash your face and hands with cold water. Now, apply aloe vera gel on affected area. This will stop the inflammation and provide instant relief from sunburn pain.

You can grow an aloe vera plant on your windowsill. Cut off a leaf and unpeel the top layer of that leaf. Squeeze it and your home remedy for sunburn is ready. The moment you feel irritation because of sunburn, rub this gel directly on your skin. You will feel instant relief from sunburn itching and sunburn irritation.

Calamine lotion to treat sunburn

Calamine lotion, which is a liquid preparation having calamine can be used to soothe the symptoms of sunburn. Topical application of calamine will help to lessen the signs of sunburn, treat itching and mild skin irritations. Calamine lotion gives you a soothing and cool feeling on your sunburn skin.

Raise the intake of Vitamin C and D to get relief from sunburn

Increase the intake of vitamin C and vitamin E in your diet. Eat plenty of tomatoes as it is good antioxidant. Drink plenty of water and fluids, particularly before stepping outside in sun. Apply SPF 30 sunscreen lotion or cream 20 minutes before going outside. This will help it to penetrate into the skin and prevent sunburn.

Cold compress and cool shower to get rid of sunburn

Take a towel and soak it in cold water. Now use this soaked towel as a cold compress. Then apply an after sun cream on the affected area, avoiding those areas where the skin is broken. You can also take a cool shower to get rid of sunburn.

Cucumber to cure sunburn

The easiest way of getting rid of sunburn is to apply cucumber. Applying freshly cut cucumber slices on sunburn affected area is an effective home remedy for sunburn. It will help to cool the skin. Cucumber juice on sunburn will reduce sunburn symptoms such as redness and inflammation.

Rubbing mustard oil on sunburn is beneficial

Rub mustard oil on the affected area. Allow it to dry. This will help to remove the heat from the skin. Avoid petroleum jelly as they make things worse.

Apple Cider Vinegar to reduce pain of sunburn

Apple cider vinegar reduces pain and helps in curing sunburn. Add white vinegar (¼ cup) in the bucket of water to lessen the symptoms of sunburn. This could sting slightly however vinegar will balance yours skin chemistry. You can also apply vinegar on face with the help of a soft sponge. Vinegar is an effective first-aid remedy to soothe and heal sunburn.

Potatoes is an effective home remedy to relief sunburn

Potatoes can give you relief from sunburn pain. Grate or blend a potato to get potato juice. Apply this potato in liquid form on sunburn affected area. Keep applying for several days until the pain is relieved. A potato has bleaching properties that will also help in removing scars of sunburn.

Baking soda to get relief from sunburn
Baking soda to get relief from sunburn | Source

Baking soda cools down sunburn

Rub baking soda on your skin, this will cools down the burn and also gives moisture to the affected area. Baking soda benefits the sunburn exaggerated skin. You can add a cup of baking soda to a bath or mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda in water to make a paste. Apply this paste to sunburn, you will feel as your sunburn is healing.

Coconut oil prevents peeling due to sunburn

Coconut oil is good to get relief from sunburn. It will also reduce the red color and the burning sensation due to severe sunburn. Application of coconut oil also prevents cracking of skin caused by suntan.

Milk is an age old home remedy for sunburn

Milk will also soothe the burned area. Apply cool milk for at least 20 minutes and wash off. Milk is an age old remedy for treating sunburn.

Keep in mind; it’s imperative to seek advice from your doctor before treating yourself with a home remedy for any kind of disease and this is also true for sunburns. Home remedies are potential enough to give you relief and make you comfortable naturally from sunburn or suntan. So, go ahead and try any natural remedy to get rid of sunburn.


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    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      3 years ago from India

      Thanks Sunil for the feedback!

    • zovit22 profile image


      3 years ago from India

      Being prone to sunburns too fast I try to take every precaution. Helpful tips.

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      4 years ago

      Don't get out of your heat..after long stay in air conditioner at home.....stay in home.....for sometimes with air conditioning off...

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      5 years ago from India

      Thanks for dropping by and also for one more home remedy for sunburn. Smearing yogurt is also beneficial to get relief from suntan.

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      Susan Bailey 

      5 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Ooo! The picture of the sunburn makes me shudder. I can almost feel the burn. Natural yoghurt is good too, especially when cold from the fridge.


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