5 Weird Sunburn Cures Using Things You Have Around the House

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bad sunburnSunburns are the pits. Really. You have this awesome day at the beach that may or may not include one-too-many Coronas and a whole lot of beach volleyball, and you come home to a sandy bathing suit and OW! A wretched sunburn. While you can't plug in a time machine and slather on more sunblock to prevent that nastiness, you can treat your sunburn ASAP with things you have at home.

Seriously! There are loads of things in your pantry that you can whip out immediately to treat your lobstery body. Check out our 5 unconventional sunburn remedies you may already have at home:

1. Tomato juice: Yup, not just for skunk baths anymore! The good thing about tomato juice is it's acidic but it doesn't hurt when you apply it to sensitive, burnt skin. The catch? It's better to eat tomatoes to protect against sunburn then to use their juices after-the-fact. Apparently the protection offered by tomato paste is similar to a low SPF!

Treat_Sunburn_Home_Remedies2. Vinegar: Simply apply a light mist of distilled white or apple cider vinegar with a spray bottle to the burnt area. Get this: using vinegar ALSO reduces the likelihood of forming blisters.

3. Skim milk: This milky cure requires you mix one part skim milk with four parts cold water, then soak a washcloth in the mixture. Apply the washcloth to irritated areas for a half hour every four hours to ease the pain.

4. Cold tea bags: After steeping four tea bags in warm water, remove the used bags. Then drench a washcloth in the tea and cover your burnt areas. It's recommended that you do this ASAP after the burn occurs, as well as before bed.

5. Noxzema facial cleanser: Weird, right?! I couldn't believe that many of our own CafeMoms have used it on sunburns, and it worked!

What are your at-home sunburn remedies?


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nonmember avatar Bobbie

My mom used to use vanilla extract on sunburns. It works better than aloe and the other home remedies. Being a redhead I know this from experience.

kelti... kelticmom

As a fair skinned ginger, I have had way more than my fair share of sunburns. The best thing I have found is witch hazel. It takes the sting out of the burn and is cooling. Never use any lotion that has alcohol in it - it will just dry the skin out even more. Always look at the label, sometimes even aloe lotions will have alcohol in them. And if you can stand it, get in a warm bath, it will sting like the dickens - but after a few seconds it will actually numb the burn and it stays numb after. Ibuprofen is good as well, both with pain relief and it helps with inflamation.

eupeptic eupeptic

Healing energy. If I spend more time in the sun than I feel comfortable with (more than 10-15 minutes; I'm pale) I'll have the thought of healing any cells that may have been damaged by the sunlight. (Spiritual energy is controlled by thought alone so it's that simple. Though in cases where we choose to use healing energy on ourselves [rather than have someone else do that for us] it may be our spirit guide who does the actual work [assuming that you're like me and don't actually see energy {which appears simply as light of one or more colors}] that is being done, and they may or may not actually do anything based on how open and receptive we are about spiritual healing as well as how inclined they may be to help you [if you're not likely to express appreciation for their effort they probably won't bother helping you out as not being grateful means that you're being selfish - and becoming selfish is not something that your spirit guide is likely to enable you to become] - skeptics are likely to prevent anything from occurring as a result of their doubts that anything spiritual can and/or will happen as on a spiritual level we create the reality that we experience, and having doubts about spiritual things almost always causes almost all spiritual things to not become a part of that individual's life in response to the simple viewpoint that they choose to hold).

Lynette Lynette

Breastmilk.  If my children get a burn I pump and then apply it to the burn. In the morning often the red is all gone.  

Sandra Wilkins

My Mom used the vinegar and then did the Noxzema. It did help.

nonmember avatar Jenn

Cold tea works great, just be careful what you're wearing and where you're sitting: Tea stains!

kckcm2 kckcm2

I've used tea bags for years, takes away the dying prevents paddling and turns my burn to a golden tan

kckcm2 kckcm2

Sting not dying, ac fail

Kathy Davis Schroeder

Vinegar is good, but don't make the mistake of using it if blisters have already formed or popped! It BURNS!


2ofth... 2ofthesame

I use a luke warm bath with some epsom salts mixed in. But I think that is more the fact that my grandma installed that Epsom Salts fixes EVERYTHING. From splinters to boils and everything in between a nice soak in Epsom Salts cures it all. Even muscle aches and depression. 

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