Let’s face it; you’re probably going to get a sunburn this summer. Hell, it’s the 4th of July. There’s a good chance you’re getting a sunburn right now. If you do, don’t worry. Here are 14 clever hacks that will help treat and cure your sunburn quickly.
1. Aloe Vera Ice Cubes
That looks so soothing. Also fun. I’m not a toddler, but I want to do it anyway.
2. DIY Epsom Salt Spray
Epsom salt is the sort of thing everyone’s grandma had around the house, but none of us know what it is for. Apparently, among other things, it’s an effective sunburn cure. Who knew?
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Of course, apple cider vinegar cures sunburns. It does everything else. And if apple cider vinegar is around, coconut oil cannot be far behind.
4. Coconut Oil and Lavender
Here’s some coconut oil! Combined with soothing lavender, it appears to have taken this sunburn from lobster to perfect tan. God, that “before” photo looks painful. I hope she didn’t get that on purpose just to illustrate this tutorial. Ouch.
5. Over-the-Counter Relief
If you don’t want to mess with all-natural, DIY solutions, you can just buy this stuff. It contains Lidocaine, and you rub it right into your skin. Suck it, aloe.
Minty, cooling Noxzema is a popular choice for treating sunburns. That company should really be advertising this benefit during this time of year.
7. Preventive Treatment
Huh. That’s good to try.
Oatmeal is a good, all-purpose skin soother. To avoid clogging your bathtub with it, make a little bag out of cheesecloth or the foot of some pantyhose or something and tie the oatmeal in there.
9. Earl Grey Tea
This makes a very pretty picture, but you could also just soak a towel in the strong tea and apply it to the sunburn. (Use an old or very dark towel because tea dyes fabric forever.)
10. Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil
If you mix ACV and coconut oil together, I’m pretty sure you could win a nuclear war. At the very least, you can heal a sunburn.
11. After-Sun Spray
This cooling spray includes lavender and peppermint essential oils and aloe vera gel. It sounds delightful, and you’ll smell awesome.
12. Oatmeal Bath
Ha! This is another excellent way to get an oatmeal bath without clogging your drain with disgusting oatmeal.
13. Banana Mash Mask
This will soothe your skin after you’ve done something terrible to it. Also, everyone will want to eat your face.
14. Baking Soda
Baking soda even helps cure sunburns. If you don’t have any other DIY ingredients in the house, you probably at least have a box of baking soda at the back of the fridge.