In need of a sunburn remedy?
Having spent a good chunk of my adult life living in the tropics, I’ve become pretty familiar with how my skin reacts to the sun. I know how much of a tan I need to keep from getting a sunburn, how many hours I can spend out with no sunscreen on, and when it’s time to cover up or get in the shade. I almost never got sunburned once I learned how to adjust to the strong rays beaming down nearly every day in Hawaii.
I also learned how to maintain the number one best defense against sunburn—a healthy diet low in PUFA and plentiful in protective saturated fat and antioxidants. My number two defense was always to take internal sunscreen in the form of astaxanthin when the sunshine-iest weather is upon you. And I’ve developed a love of slathering on coconut oil (which has a natural sun-protection factor) pretty much every day, but especially any time I know I’m going to be particularly sun-exposed.
And yet, with all these in place, and no matter how sun-experienced you are, burns can still happen. Now that I live in the only seasonally-sunny Pacific Northwest, I have been missing out on another effective means of sunburn prevention—a suntan!
So, just a couple weekends ago, during the first major heatwave of the summer here in Portland, I spent a little too much time out by the pool at my brother and sister-in-law’s house. It was just too dang hot to do anything else, and while I managed to keep the rest of me burn-free, my shoulders wound up fairly scorched.
Now, mine weren’t quite as red as the one in the pic up top (that’s not me), as I usually just don’t burn that badly no matter what. So, I’m not saying my remedy will take away a 3rd-degree, blistering beast of a burn overnight, but for the average sunburn from an accidental overexposure to otherwise-beneficial UV rays? This is just the ticket.
I just happened to have photographic evidence of the burn, shown here when my 12-week-old puppy who has yet to figure out that he can indeed swim in the pool with me instead of on top of me:
(He had already fallen in once and wasn’t about to make that mistake again, apparently.)
Thankfully, I got rid of the redness on my shoulders, quickly and easily.
Sunburn Remedy: Instant Relief and Overnight Healing
I actually didn’t even realize I was sunburned until the next morning, when the pain of my stinging skin woke me up early. But I knew just want to do! I grabbed my sunburn remedy ingredients, and in just a few minutes, the stinging stopped and I was on my way to burn-free skin! By the very next day, it was basically gone. This works way better for me than aloe vera ever did!
Remember this sunburn remedy the next time you get burnt, and your skin will thank you. It’ll heal the burn much more quickly than you ever thought was possible!
Sunburn remedy healing supplies:
- Clean washcloth (I love these organic cotton cloths)
- Raw apple cider vinegar
- Organic coconut oil
- Optional: Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils (where to buy therapeutic essential oils)
Heal your sunburn overnight in just 2 steps:
- First, wet the washcloth with cold water, then splash on a little apple cider vinegar to the cloth. Dab the wet cloth onto your sunburn, soaking the skin. You should notice instant relief from any stinging! It feels sooo good on a sunburn. After a few minutes, your skin should be dry.
- Now, liberally rub on some coconut oil to the area. UPDATE: I now use Lavender and Peppermint essential oils with the coconut oil, just by melting a little in my hand, and adding about 2 drops Lavender, and one drop Peppermint. The Lavender really helps to support skin health, and the Peppermint cools the skin and releases heat. I highly recommend it! But only if you’re using therapeutic-grade essential oils. Learn more and find out where to order them HERE.
By the next day, your skin should be significantly better. I recommend continuing with the coconut oil for several days to promote healing and to help ease the skin peeling that is usually inevitable after a burn. Exfoliate and lubricate (with more coconut oil)! 😉
This worked like a charm for my most recent sunburn. Immediate relief from the stinging, and literally the next day, it wasn’t red anymore. Maaaybe the slightest bit pink. But the sting never came back. Just to be sure, though, I dabbed on another round of the apple cider vinegar, let it dry, then followed with more coconut oil. The following day, it was just tanned skin!
Give this remedy a try next time you get a little too crispy from the sun, and say goodbye to that burn!
What do you use for a sunburn remedy?
Any other tried-and-true remedies you use for a sunburn? Or have you also had success with apple cider vinegar and/or coconut oil? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Photo credit: Emily Hildebrand on Flickr (altered)