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.
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.
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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?