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My 7 Home Remedies for Sunburn and Peeling Skin

Updated on December 12, 2017

In warm areas, people with light complexion are more prone to sunburn which may cause itching, burns, and sometimes peeling of the skin. It occurs after 15 minutes of exposure to UV lights, and between 4-40 hours later the symptoms will appear.

Being a result of direct contact of the skin with sun rays, you either avoid sun exposure, or wear a sun block with spf of at least 15 to get 150 minutes of protection (10x15),i.e. the higher the SPF value, the longer the time of protection.

How to Reduce Sunburn or Prevent it

You will need 3-4 peeled and mashed ripe apricots and 1 TBS Aloe gel, mix them and rub your face and leave for 12-15 minutes, then wash with luke water and splash with cold water. If you do not have Aloe gel you can use apricots alone. You can add the contents of 1 capsule of vitamin E, and few drops of Cinnamon oil and Lavender oil.

Remedies for Sunburn

There are countless number of skin care products that are marketed as heavily researched ingredients, while these ingredients have been used for long centuries. These remedies produce quick relief  with little or almost no cost. Now for the remedies:

Yogurt and Honey

Mix 1 TSP of honey with 1 TBS of yogurt and apply it to the affected area and leave it for a while, and then rinse it off with cold water. Repeat if you feel needed.

Yogurt and honey both contain enzymes, acids, minerals, trace elements that can help soothe the sunburn. It is aplied like a cream and although it is a bit sticky, yet
it will relieve it in minutes.

Chamomile, Lavender and Yogurt

Mix a few drops of Chamomile oil, Lavender oil to 1 TBS of yogurt and apply to the affected aream

The ingredients altogether will cool the skin down and help soothe the skin through minimizing the irritation and redness. You may wash with cold water when your pain is relieved. If the oils are outside your reach, you can just use yogurt alone.

Tea tree and Aloe vera oils

Mix 1 part of tea tree oil with 1 part of Alo vera oil and add them to 8 parts of Olive oil and pat the area with this oil.

Tea tree oil, Aloe vera oil, and Olive oil all have wonderful properties in soothing the skin, cooling it down, and healing any damage to it.

Cucumber and Aloe vera Gel

Blend 1 peeled cucumber with 2 TBS Aloe vera gel and apply the resultant paste on the sunburn area. You will feel its cooling effect, and within a few minutes all the annoying effects are gone.

Chamomile and Black Tea

 Make a big pot of black tea, chamomile tea, or both, of course you will not sweeten it. Let the tea completely cool down and then immerse a cotton piece or a soft cloth in tea, and wet the affected area evenly. Tannins will stop the progress of damage, other constituents will reduce inflammation.

Banana Peel and Aloe vera gel

Rub 1 TSP of Aloe Vera gel on the inside face of a yellow (neither green nor ripe) and rub the affected area with them. You can add 1 drop of Chamomile oil.

An alternative way is to mix them all in the blender and apply the resultant paste on the affected area.

Baking Soda Water Bath

 Use warm water to take a bath, add 2 cups of regular baking soda to the water bath. Baking soda will stop any possible infection. If combined with any of the described remedies, it will bring relief rapidly.

Cold Water

Soak a cloth in cold water and apply on the affected area to use it as a cold compress. It is important that you drink water to compensate for the fluid loss caused by the increased body temperature, this will speed up the recovery of the skin.

Are These Remedies for Any Sunburn

If the sunburn is severe enough not to respond to natural remedies, then you have to put some bandages on and see your doctor in a short time. if the burn is  accompanied by blistering, chances are that it will be infected often.


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      Sun Burn Treatments 7 years ago

      I've already printed this page off and I'm going to try them all.

      I can't seem to use sunblock, every pore turns into an itchy red lump and I burn really fast, so I have to wear clothes covering all my skin or try and stay in the shade. That wasn't much fun when I was in Florida in September where temps and humidity get really high.

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      Robyn S 7 years ago

      I took the Made from Earth Pure Aloe Face Treatment on a recent vacation to Barbados. I usually burn on my face, shoulders and arms. My skin is quite painful and I peel for two weeks after I get home, which is never a pretty sight.

      This time, I applied the Pure Aloe Skin Treatment every evening after getting back to my hotel room. The first thing you notice is how immediately soothing it is. Also, my skin recovered more quickly the next day. I was done peeling within only a couple days after getting home, and had a great tan as well. I'm never going on vacation without this made from earth aloe again.

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      Pet meds 8 years ago

      start drinking green tea or pomegranate extract or juice. Both have soothing anti-inflammatory benefits - better yet, they're both strong antioxidants, which means that they can help mitigate some of the unseen damage that UV exposure is doing to your sunburned skin.

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      pam u  8 years ago

      I am from Arizona and have had my fair share of sunburns.

      I have tried "Aloe" everything - the green gels, lotions, and even taking an aloe vera plant and rubbing its goo right on me. NOTHING works as well as the Made from Earth PURE ALOE FACE TREATMENT (from the Made from Earth skin care line).

      When I sunburn, I tend to blister and the Made from Earth Aloe Treatment makes it so I don't even peel - it keeps my tan (which I wanted to get), but moisturizes so well that I don't have to worry about all of the ugly peeling!!!

      My family went to the lake this week and because everyone loved this lotion so much, they used up my entire bottle - well, I guess that means its time to stock up!! :) Take my word for it, this is AMAZING!!!

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      RJSkains 8 years ago

      I recently went to a theme park and got burned. This should really help me out. Thanks!

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      RJSkains 8 years ago

      I recently went to a theme park and got burned. This should really help me out. Thanks!

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      Liz 8 years ago

      What a wonderful remedies!