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After spending the entire July 4 weekend last year outside by the pool, at a baseball game, at fireworks, BBQing, etc, I ended up with a TERRIBLE sunburn. TERRIBLE!
I spent nights trying to get comfortable and days trying to keep my 21-month-old son from digging his paws into me. No fun. So I decided to test out all the home remedies out there (well not all, but a lot) to help for the next time you or your little one has a burn. With summer almost here, these are sure to help out when you may have stayed out a little longer than you’d planned … these tips work for regular burns as well!
Here are my results:
This should be something you do anyway, but remember that if you don’t hydrate the inside, it’s harder for the outside to stay hydrated. Not enough water and your skin can be super dry and painful. Drink up!
Aloe is my go-to remedy for the pain. It soothes, cools (and we keep ours in the fridge for an even cooler sensation) and hydrates a little. Only problem: it dries up quick, then you’re back to burning. Tip: Make sure you buy PURE aloe vera.
A friend told me she had heard this helps, so I gave it a go. It didn’t soothe the pain so much, but kept my skin nice and moist. Half of the pain is the dryness, so it helped!
I read that yogurt has enzymes that help to soothe the pain. Just slap it right on the burn. The cold yogurt felt great on my skin, and the relief came after only a minute or so. Definitely helped. Not sure if any specific flavor is better ;).
Baking Soda Bath
This is something we do for diaper rash as well. Adding about one to two cups of baking soda to your lukewarm/almost cold bath will calm the pain from the burn in no time.
Yep! I thought it was crazy, but I read that tannin (found in tea) can soothe just like aloe! So make up a pot of strong tea, cool it, then soak some cloths and lay them on your burnt skin. Felt nice, but I prefer the aloe. There’s just something about the aloe smell …
I was told to try vinegar, but after researching a little, I read that the acid in vinegar can actually hurt a sunburn, and to not use it especially on blistered burns. If you do use it, water it down first.
The most important thing is to stay hydrated! Drink lots of water. It’s so important. Using lotion to keep your skin from drying out is great, and make sure none of your showers/baths are hot. The hotter the water, the drier your skin.
Above all, use LOTS of sunscreen on your kids and yourself, wear hats, and stay in the shade if at all possible.
If you have a sunburn that’s extremely painful or blistered, it’s best to speak with your doctor. You should not try any of these remedies on an extreme burn, and my advice should not be used in place of a doctor’s.