4 Ways to Treat Painful Sunburns

4 Ways to Treat Painful Sunburns

Regardless of how much sunscreen you’re splashing on your body when you’re at the beach, burns can still happen.

Thankfully, there are tried-and-true home remedies that can soothe that scorching skin. Here are four simple ways to treat that sunburn:

Use a cold compress

For fast sunburn relief, soak the sunburned area in cold – but not icy – water or with a cold compress for about 15 minutes. The cold will help with swelling, and wick away heat from your skin.


If you don’t have a compress, you can substitute with vegetables. Rub the burned area with a chilled sliced cucumber or potato, which both contain compounds that’ll cool the burn and reduce swelling. Just don’t toss it into your dinner prep afterward.

Use green tea

Brew some green tea, let it cool, make a compress, and then apply it to the stinging burns. Green tea contains elements that protect the skin from UV radiation damage and reduces inflammation.

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Use peppermint

Peppermint’s soothing, aromatic properties can quell a sunburn’s scorn. You can either make peppermint tea or mix in a couple of drops of peppermint oil into a cup of lukewarm water. Chill it, then use a clean cloth to make a compress.

Try an oatmeal bath

If you forgot your sunscreen and most of your body is burned, try a colloidal oatmeal product or grind a cup of oatmeal and add it to your bath.

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