It’s early in the summer swimming season, which also means it’s prime time for sunburns. This is especially true for those living in the cooler climates — you finally shed your winter gear and reveal your tender pale skin for the first time to the sun. If you’re not wearing the right SPF (which you should always remember to do!) you’re in for a nice burn. If you’re unfortunate enough to get burned, try using a natural home remedy with some of the things you probably already own.
Vinegar. I swear this is the miracle liquid. What can’t vinegar do? To soothe a sunburn, spritz plain white vinegar over the affected area and let it air dry.
Dairy. Either cold plain whole milk yogurt or whole milk can be applied to sunburned skin using a soft cloth. Let sit for up to 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
Baking soda. Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda in a cool/lukewarm bath and soak. Don’t rinse off — let the water air dry on your skin.
Plain ole’ water. Go au naturel and soak in a cool bath. When you go to dry off, don’t rub your skin, but rather pat it dry. If you’ve been burned before, this is probably a no-brainer.
Disclaimer: I’m the furthest thing from a doctor, so use your common sense. If you’re severely sunburned, experiencing chills, fever, etc., stop doing Internet research and go see a doctor.
Photo by blmurch.