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6 Surprising Sunburn Treatments You Already Have at Home

6 ways to heal your sunburn It's not even June and I've already got my first sunburn of the year. I'm 30 years old and fair-skinned to boot: I should know better. But sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of a busy day, sunscreen application can go out the window. The burn it leaves behind is a sore and dangerous reminder of the sun's power. This is why I'm usually vampiric in temperament ... minus the whole blood-sucking part.

I've resolved to make applying sunscreen all over my body (not just my face) a part of my daily routine -- no matter what the season! But that doesn't change the fact that I've been left with this icky burn on my shoulders (damn you, stylish sleeveless dress). There are loads of "professional" creams and potions you can buy for after-sun treatment. But the truth is, most of the time, these aren't things you plan for. Luckily there are loads of things you can use around the house in a pinch to soothe your tender skin!

More from The Stir: 5 Weird Sunburn Cures Using Things You Have Around The House

1. Cucumbers

That's right! This vegetable is a spa favorite for a reason. Cucumbers are naturally moisturizing and cooling. For added 'oomph,' put in the fridge for an hour or so.

2. Aspirin Paste

You've probably heard of using aspirin when you've got a zit, right? Well this works the same way. Make a paste using aspirin and water and smooth it over the burned area for temporary pain relief.

3. Oatmeal

Oatmeal's another great moisturizer! Wrap some dry oatmeal in a towel and run it under cold water to make a nice, soothing compress for your burn.

4. Lettuce

This one is super weird -- but super effective! If you boil a head of lettuce, chuck it, and then chill the leftover water, you'll get a homemade skin toner that will feed and nourish your skin.

5. Cornstarch

Another great healing paste -- make a paste like you would with aspirin, then cover the burned area. Moisture is locked in!

6. Potatoes

Potatoes are a very well-known all-natural pain-reliever. You might be tempted to eat them, but don't. A few slices of raw potato on the spot that ails you provides an awesome respite from the sun's rays.

What do you do for your sunburns?

 

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nonmember avatar Kristi

Milk. Rub it on and feel the heat leave.

Bobbie Scherzer

I know this sounds crazy, but my mom used vanilla extract on sunburns.  As a fair skin redhead I can tell you it works.  It doesn't take the red out if your skin, but it does take away the burning feeling.

LeeshaE LeeshaE

We always use teabags they work great just a bit messy.

nonmember avatar Ann

We always use fresh brewed cooled tea. SUPER effective!

TJand... TJandKarasMom

We have aloe plants around the house, my mil started with one and it just grew like crazy. So when we get a burn, we snap off a piece and rip it open, then rub it on. It's a bit sticky and gooey, but it definitely helps sooth and heal the burn.

TAG_u... TAG_ur_it

Tea is my go-to for sunburn. I was skeptical at first, but now I swear by it.

Katelin Marie Weers

Get in the hottub or take a HOT shower! It will open your pores to actually release the heat that's in your skin. It burns while youre in the hottub/shower but if you do it before bed I swear you will feel much better by morning. Be sure you only stay in the hottub for no longer than an hour though.

Night... Nighttiger

Noxema! Leave visible amounts on burn area. Takes the heat right out

elasmimi elasmimi

I have heard vinegar, but hope to never have to try it!

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