Sunburn Secrets From The Kitchen

We’ve all been there – an unexpected day in the sun and no sunscreen. Sure, we all know we need to be diligent about using it, but trust me, I know how life with kids can be… busy! Crazy! Chaotic! Sometimes, despite our best intentions, we end up bright red and in pain after a day in the sun. Believe it or not, there are a TON of natural sunburn remedies in your own… yep, you guessed it – kitchen! Here is a guide to the best sunburn food-fixers.

Topical Remedies 



Vinegar: Apply Apple Cider Vinegar first thing to help prevent blistering and peeling – it helps keep your skin moist and cool. And white distilled vinegar will stop the pain for about 20 minutes, so dab that on, too!

Dairy: Go full fat without the guilt! The fat in dairy helps heal sunburns – you can soak a cloth in milk and use as a compress or slather yogurt (check the package to be sure the yogurt contains live cultures) on your skin, just like moisturizer – let sit, then rinse off.

Oatmeal: The best for a full-body sunburn. Grind up the oatmeal in a food processor, add it to cool bathwater and soak for a while.

Strawberries: Get the kids in on the healing power by letting them mash up strawberries into bowl – apply the mash to the sunburned areas and let sit for a few minutes before rinsing off.

Lettuce: Can you believe lettuce has natural pain-killing properties? Boil the leaves in water. Strain, then let the liquid cool for several hours in the refrigerator. Once cool, dip cotton balls into the lettuce water and gently wipe over irritated skin.

From the Inside Out 


Tomatoes and Watermelon: These guys have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties – eat ‘em up for extra protection from the sun. The lycopene they contain boasts your skin’s natural defenses. But still apply that sunscreen whenever you can!

Do you have a fool-proof sunburn remedy I can add to my list? 



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  • twin

    I lov your ideas.i will try all these wit my family and friends.

  • Susan

    Tea! Tea contains tannic acid which is has healing properties and is used on burn wards. Brew extra strong, cool and apply on soft cloths that have been soaked in the tea solution.

  • Jun Alapag

    plenty of water so won’t get hydrated, hawaiian food in the shade. and last but not least: popsicles desert.

  • Dean McDermott

    Thanks Susan! Will any kind of tea work?


  • Dean McDermott

    Great point about water, Jun, thanks! Did you check out my popsicle post for a delicious watermelon version? Hope you enjoy!

  • Dean McDermott

    Thank you! Let me know how they like them!

  • Susan

    I believe it has to be what most people would consider “regular tea” That’s the only kind I’ve ever used. Have never tried other kinds so I can’t say for sure.