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Published 05/19/2017

Aloe Vera

Use lotions that contain Aloe Vera to soothe and moisturize sunburnt skin. Some aloe products contain lidocaine, an anesthetic that can help relieve sunburn pain. Aloe Vera is also a good moisturizer for peeling skin.


Drink lots of water, juice, or sports drinks. Your skin is dry and dehydrated. Replacing lost body fluids will help your skin heal from sunburn more quickly.

Over-The-Counter Medication

Take OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) to help relieve sunburn pain and inflammation.


Apply cool, not cold, milk with a clean cloth to your sunburned skin. The milk will create a protein film that helps ease sunburn discomfort. Like milk, yogurt applied to sunburned skin also can be soothing.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant, and can help decrease inflammation caused by sunburn. Use Vitamin E oil on the skin, or take a regular dose of the supplement. Vitamin E oil also can be rubbed onto peeling skin.


Boil and mash some peeled potatoes, let cool, and apply as a dressing to sunburned areas. It is believed that the starch in the potatoes helps draw out heat, which can reduce pain and speed healing. Cornstarch also can be mixed with water to form a paste that can be applied to skin to help soothe the sunburn.


Oatmeal is also a great remedy for healing sunburn. It has skin soothing properties and helps reduce irritation and pain caused by the blisters. It also helps the affected skin retain moisture, which helps keep it well hydrated.

Baking Soda

Due to its alkaline nature, baking soda can be very soothing when applied to a sunburned skin. It also has powerful antiseptic properties which helps relieve the itchy sensation associated with sunburn. Fill your bathtub with cold water and add about 4 cups of baking soda. Stir well, bath in the mixture, get out of the bath and allow your body to air dry. Do this once per day for excellent results.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an excellent sunburn remedy thanks to its astringent properties. It soothes sunburn pain and also speeds up the healing process. The acetic acid contained in apple cider vinegar helps reduce inflammation and itching.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil forms a great sunscreen as its SPF ratings range from 5-10. Apart from being a great sunscreen, coconut oil helps sooth a sunburned skin and promotes healing due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It moisturizes the skin to speed up the healing process. The oil also has powerful antibacterial properties which prevents infection in case of blisters on the skin.

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