Make Sunburn Remedies Out of Kitchen Staples Slideshow
April 17, 2015
Find cooling relief in your kitchen
Ever considered oats for more than just your breakfast? Plastic Sugrgeon Dr. Leffel MD, according to WSJ Online, suggests soaking in an oatmeal bath. He says the oatmeal can be soothing and has anti-inflammatory properties Just grind a cup or two of whole oats in a food processor until it becomes small flakes, pour into your next bath, and this anti-inflammatory will reduce redness. You don’t even have to wash it off; the longer you soak, the better it works. Another excuse to spend 10 more minutes in the bath tub!
Cool yogurt both helps to draw out the heat from a sunburn and moisturize damaged skin. Full-fat yogurt is especially moisturizing, although go for the plain version over the fruit-flavored kind. "Smear yogurt on your skin as soon as it turns pink to help cool the skin, reestablish pH balance and promote faster healing," advises Natural News.
Although this one may not be already in your cupboard, it may be worth picking up some aloe vera gel at your local health market to take away the sting and redness of a sunburn. According to The Huffington Post, aloe vera gel is a proven method to soothing inflamed skin. Simply cut open a leaf, and use this gel directly on your skin. Warning: Although this gel is soothing and effective, it is sticky.
Vinegar is great for metabolism and overall health, and since vinegar is a natural anti-inflammatory, it’s also great for your skin. Apple cider vinegar, unpasteurized and unfiltered, can be used to relieve the pain of sunburn and speed up healing, according to Natural News. Use it as a cool compress — coat a small, cold washcloth and place over inflamed skin.