Sunburns can be very painful if you have ever had one. People can experience red, hot skin as well as nausea, dehydration and blistering. You can avoid this by using sunscreen and staying out of direct sunlight for longer periods of time. If you do end up getting sunburned while on the beach or in the sun, there are common household and culinary products that can help to reduce the pain, swelling, and tenderness.
After getting sunburned, the first thing you should do is to cool the skin. Your body will still be radiating heat after the sun has burned it. The risk of shock is possible if the body is exposed to extreme cold temperatures. Cool, not cold products are best to soothe the skin. Cool baths can draw heat from the skin and soothe the affected areas.
You can also add essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, or chamomile into the bath water to rehydrate your skin and body.
Baking soda and oatmeal can be added in a lukewarm tub to soothe sunburn pain. Vinegar can also be added to the bath to reduce the sting. Let your skin absorb the oils, baking powder/oatmeal, and vinegar. This will give the skin vital nutrients and water to heal the damaged cells. Two household products that can quickly cool down the pain of sunburns are vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Rub rubbing alcohol on the sunburned areas to reduce the pain. However, rubbing alcohol can dry quickly and dehydrate the skin.
To rehydrate your entire body, drink plenty of fluids. Vinegar is another effective way to soothe and alleviate the pain of sunburns. Vinegar is not as fast as rubbing alcohol so you have a few options. It is possible to apply vinegar to the skin, but it may take some time to reach all areas. Spraying vinegar onto a towel or using a spray bottle is a better way to cover larger areas. The drying time is approximately 5-7 minutes. You may need to sit down or stand while you apply the vinegar. It should be gone within one hour. You can reapply vinegar every four hours.
You can also use household products to reduce the symptoms of sunburns. Two very unlikely foods, potatoes and egg whites, can help reduce the pain of sunburns. Separate the yolk from the egg whites and spread the eggwhite over the affected area. This is best for the neck, face, or small sunburned areas. There are two ways to use potatoes. To reduce heat and inflammation, slice the potatoes in rounds and place them directly on the skin. You can also place the chunks in a blender with some water to liquefy.
After that, rub the potato juice onto the affected area and let it dry. This will draw out the sunburn heat. After applying any of these treatments, rinse the skin with cool water and dry the skin. These home remedies work quickly and effectively. However, if your symptoms don’t subside within a few days or you have persistent symptoms, contact a doctor immediately. Remember to protect your skin from the sun when you are out in the sun.