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We’ve all been there, hanging by the pool or at the beach and you get a little too much sun. Yes, we take precautions, wear our natural sunscreen, but let’s face it sometimes you just get a sunburn.

It’s a fact of life.

As the mother of a fair skinned child with red hair, it can seem like the impossible task to keep him from getting a sunburn, but I do my best. And when my best isn’t good enough, I break out the home remedies to sooth the sunburn and itch.

Now I could go into detail about why we should avoid overexposure to the sun, the risks, and how it damages your skin. Or on the flip side, talk about how vital Vitamin D is for your overall health…and how the sun is the best source of Vitamin D.

But today I just want to focus on what to do when “Sunburn Happens” by sharing my favorite Top 10 Natural Home Remedies for Sunburn Itch and Pain, starting with my all time favorite:

1. Aloe Vera for Sunburn


This may be one of the first things you think of when it comes to treating and soothing sunburn itch and pain. Aloe Vera has an immediate cooling effect, reduces swelling and begins the healing process for damaged, sunburned skin.

When purchasing aloe vera gel, be sure to choose a natural, pure option with few if any additives, like Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera. Pure aloe vera is clear in color, not bright green like some of the aloe vera gels you will find in the grocery store. Definitely avoid those and choose a pure option for better results.

If you happen to have an aloe vera plant, simply slice open the leaf and apply the gel directly to your sunburn.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar for Sunburn


The thought of applying vinegar to a sunburn might make you cringe just a little bit, but apple cider vinegar is anti-inflammatory and soothes your skin while speeding up the healing process.

To apply, dilute the apple cider vinegar in a little water and apply to the sunburned areas. Or soak a towel or rag in the solution and apply as a compress to the sunburn.

3. Coconut Oil for Sunburn


I’m sure you’ve been hearing lately about the many uses for coconut oil, but will coconut oil help a sunburn? The answer is  Yes! Coconut oil contains fatty acids that reduce swelling, moisturize and help prevent peeling.

Coconut oil can also be used as a sunscreen and after sun treatment. Simply apply to sunburned areas or all over for a soothing and moisturizing treatment.

4. Using Honey to Treat Sunburn


For ages honey has been used to treat burns and wounds. It’s anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties make it a perfect, natural antibiotic. But you can also use honey to treat sunburns. Honey decreases inflammation, seals in moisture and promotes healing.

Local raw honey or manuka honey are great choices for using honey to treat sunburn. Simply apply to the affected area and cover with gauze if you don’t want to be a sticky mess.

Honey may not be the best option for treating large areas because it could be quite messy.

5. Baking Soda for Sunburn


A baking soda bath can be great for soothing a sunburn and bringing your skin’s PH back in balance. Simply add 1/4 cup of baking soda to a lukewarm to cool bath and soak for about 15 minutes.

6. Milk for Sunburns


Have you ever used milk to treat a sunburn? A milk compress is a great way for quick cooling relief for your skin. Simply soak a soft cloth or gauze in cool milk and apply the the affected areas. You may not smell great after a while, but your sunburn will sure feel better :).

7. Plain Yogurt for Sunburns


Yogurt is filled with beneficial enzymes and proteins to help nourish your sunburned skin and speed up the healing process. Plain yogurt is best for sunburns. Simply apply to the affected areas and once the pain and discomfort has subsided, rinse with cool water.

8. Vitamin E for Sunburn


Vitamin E has been known to lesson sun damage and fight free radical damage when applied directly after exposure. So if you think you may have gotten a little too much sun, simply pierce a vitamin e capsule and apply directly to the affected area.

9. Oatmeal for Sunburn Relief


Oatmeal is another great option for sunburn relief. It is one of the best home remedies for sunburn itch, which can be extremely annoying. Add 1-2 cups of uncooked oatmeal to a lukewarm to cool bath.

10. Treat Sunburn with Tea


Chilled tea can be a convenient way to treat a sunburn, as most people have teabags in their pantry. There are several types of tea that are effective in soothing and healing a sunburn including:

  • Black Tea
  • Earl Grey Tea
  • Green Tea
  • Chamomile Tea

Soak a few tea bags in a pitcher of warm water. Once the tea has cooled, simply apply to the affected area with a rag or cotton.

So the bottom line is:

  • Enjoy your time at the pool with your family.
  • Enjoy summer vacations at the beach.
  • Remember to wear your sunscreen.

But when “Sunburn Happens” you now have some great ideas and remedies for sunburn itch and pain.

What is your favorite Natural Home Remedy for Sunburn?

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