Home Remedies for Sunburn

Sunburn has affected all of us at some point of time or other. It could be a slight burn or an extensive burn. Try to avoid sunlight from 11.00 am to 2.00 p.m. But if you need to go out within that time, take adequate protection against sunburn. But if you have forgotten to take preventive measures against sunburn, there are some home remedies to get relief from the pain immediately.

But before using them, remember that these are some simple home remedies. They are not meant to replace the medical treatments offered by your doctor.

Cold Milk Compresses

Milk contains fats and lactic acids that have soothing effects on the skin damaged due to sunburn. Wet a soft cloth or cotton gauze in the cold full-fat milk and apply it carefully on the burnt skin for nearly 20 minutes. Wash off with cold water. Use only full-fat milk due to its high fat content.

Cold, sugarless tea

Tannin, an active ingredient in the tea, soothes and relieves pain caused by sunburn. Brew a large pot of tea, let it cool down completely, wet a soft sponge or washcloth with the tea and apply it on the damaged area. You can also fill a spray bottle with the tea and spray it over the affected area. Put the used teabags over the hot, tired eyes to get cooling effect. Besides, St. John’s Wort is very beneficial in treating sunburn.

Aloe Vera

It is one of the common treatments for sunburn. It soothes the skin and speeds up the healing process. Using gel extracted directly from the plant is the most effective remedy. But if you cannot get this gel, use over the counter cream, containing aloe vera gel. But it should have a high proportion of gel as compared to water and other ingredients.


Exposure to sun decreases the level of water and amount of salts in the body. When excessive amount of water is lost, your body starts taking in fluids from blood and other tissues in the body. Drinking plenty of water will reduce the risks of dehydration. Besides, water will speed up your recovery and improve your health.

Try to avoid sunburn as much as possible, as it can destroy the skin and make you highly susceptible to skin cancer. The safest treatment for sunburn is prevention and protection.