Best Ways to Cure Your Sunburn

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There are a lot of great things about summer, but sunburns are not one of them. While we all know the importance of protecting our skin from the sun, every now and then we slip up—we’re only human!—and have to deal with the pain and discomfort and sitting around with our stinging skin. Fortunately, there are actually a lot of natural remedies to soothe that tortured skin when you were just a tad too neglectful. Those remedies include:

Vinegar
This might seem a little far-fetched, but my (super-pale) best friend swears by it! Vinegar is an astringent, which is a substance that shrinks body tissues, and so it works as a great anti-inflammatory. It also works to balance the pH level in the skin, helping it to heal. Just add 1 cup of white or apple cider vinegar to a cool bath, and let the vinegar sooth your burning skin! If you’re not a bath person, you could also just put vinegar straight into a spray bottle and lightly mist your burn every few hours!

Milk
Milk has some great restorative properties for your skin, so it’s no surprise that it can help with sunburns too. Dip a clean washcloth or gauze into a bowl of chilled milk, allowing it to saturate. Let excess liquid drain off the cloth to reduce mess, and then place the cloth on the affected area like a compress, pressing down just slightly so it will stay on. The cool temperature of the milk will help ease the burning, and then the milk creates a layer of protein on the skin that helps with healing and forms a protective layer.

Oatmeal
Oatmeal is one of the best substances to soothe any kind of skin irritation. Run a bath with the water slightly on the cool side, then put about 2 cups of oats into a clean sock or pantyhose and tie off the top. Throw the sock in the water and let it soak for a few minutes before hopping in. Squeeze the sock every few minutes to make sure you’re getting all that oaty goodness! Don’t worry about the water getting cloudy, it’s supposed to do that. When you get out of the bath, make sure not to scrub dry with the towel—that will only irritate your burn more—but pay dry or air dry.

A key factor in helping your sunburn heal quickly is so stay hydrated—on the inside and outside! Drink lots of water and moisturize your skin regularly and soon enough you’ll be back to normal!

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