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Inexpensive Homemade Remedies for Sunburned Skin

Updated on August 16, 2011

During this summer season it's all about being in the sun, on the beach, and enjoying the outdoors. But this presents an inevitable problem; getting sunburned. Even when you use precautions, like sunscreen, protective clothing, hats and sunglasses, spending time under the hot sun can burn your skin.

You would much rather spend your money on outdoor activities than wasting it on expensive skincare products. So here is a list of great products, and how you can use them to bring relief to your sunburned skin, right in your own home.


Milk - Just dip a clean washcloth into a bowl of cool milk, and gently dab on the burned areas. The coolness helps reduce swelling and the milk's lactic acid has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pain.

Olive Oil - Use as much or as little of this as you like. It has natural oils that our own body produces. Plus it creates a moisture barrier for our skin, while reducing inflammation.

Baking Soda - Mix a little of this into your bath, soak for about 15 minutes, then gently pat try with a clean towel. This will reduce the redness and swelling.

Sliced Cucumbers - Cover any parts of your skin that are intensely burned. Cucumbers will help soothe and extract the sting.

Vitamin E - Most of us always keep a good amount of Vitamin E on hand. Taking one or two of these pills will help keep the inflammation down, and reduces the time it takes for our skin to heal.

Aloe Vera - This is one of the best, instant cooling and pain relieving products to use when you are sunburned. Its all natural ingredients can help soothe your skin, and keep it from peeling.

Water - Always drink lots of water. It keeps our skin and bodies hydrated and increases recovery time.

For more health and skincare needs try using WebMD's website.

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    • crazybeanrider profile image

      Boo McCourt 6 years ago from Washington MI

      Super great tips, I had no idea milk was good for a sunburn.

    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Terrific tips - I have an aloe vera house plant that I occasional use for soothing skin irritations so I can certainly vouch for that one. Great hub earning you a vote-up and a useful.