Home Remedies for Sunburns

April 18, 2009 by Anna   | Filed under Tips


kim kardashian sunburned

I was inspired by this picture of Kim Kardashian posted on twitter.com of her major sunburn. And I mean...it's major...

With the recent beautiful weather and summer quickly approaching, how could you not want to go outside? Let's be real, laying out isn't good for you, but it's soooooo relaxing isn't it? Try not to overdue it and wear sunscreen if you do. But in case you pulled a Kimmy (and we've all been there) here are some treatments for sunburns.

Aloe Vera
Everyone knows of the aloe vera plant already, but I can't get over it's amazing medicinal qualities. It's always best to use the plant itself rather than the gels they sell at the store. Break off a piece and rub the aloe on your burn. It's soothing, healing and works wonders. I love you aloe....

Not only is it good to drink, if you're sunburned, put on a pot of tea! After brewing the tea, take the tea bag out and add ice cubes to cool the water. Dip a towel into the tea (it will stain, so use one you don't care about) and lay it over the burned areas. Alternatively, draw yourself a bath (lukewarm water) and throw a bunch of tea in the tub and take a tea bath. Soak your sunburned body and let yourself cool down. If you're totally lazy and don't want to wait, you can just take a tea bag, soak it in water and apply it directly on your skin. Equally as effective.

This stuff is seriously awesome as well. Just soak a washcloth in some vinegar and apply it to the burned areas. It will alleviate the burning and stinging.

Vagisil's active ingredients contain a numbing agent and hydrocortisone alleviating itching, burning and inflammation. It can't hurt to try and see if this works for you. If you look like Kim K., you'll try anything right?

Preparation H
Direct from a nurse in the ER. Next time, ditch the emergency room bill and go to Walgreens for some Preparation H Ointment. It's also great for bags under your eyes.

Personally guys, aloe vera, tea and vinegar always works for me. My body usually responds better to natural remedies. Your best bet is to limit your time out of the sun, wear sunscreen and be absolutely fabulous on the beach under an umbrella!


2 Responses to “Home Remedies for Sunburns”
  1. MizzJ says:

    Vagisil?? Wow, I wouldn’t have thought of that one!

  2. Jules says:

    Nice article! I admit I laughed when I saw that pic of Kim Kardashian. My mother also says to put sour cream on the burned area to take some of the color out and calm the skin..I don’t have an scientific proof for this but it seemed to work last time I got horribly burned :)

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