A fantastic time at the beach is often followed by sheer agony at home because of those pesky sunburns!
It’s too late to reach for a bottle of sunscreen — there’s nothing else that you can do at this point but to wait it out. This does not mean, however, that you have no choice but to put up with the pain. You actually have plenty of choices, and you can find some of the most unusual home remedies for sunburns below. So don’t stop reading now.
Milk contains anti-inflammatory properties. And if it’s cold, it can provide much-needed relief from pain like magic.
It’s because of this why cold milk tops this list of strange solutions for sunburns. All you have to do is daub cold milk on affected areas with the help of a cotton ball or cotton pad. No need to rinse off with water afterwards
Every health-conscious person knows that yogurt is a wonderful addition to one’s everyday diet in order to keep the gut in a healthy state — yogurt is packed with beneficial bacteria.
But because yogurt is from milk, it also possesses milk’s anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. So go ahead and smear generous amounts of yogurt where it hurts.
A lot of people who are bugged by painful sunburns swear by the effectiveness of black tea in providing relief most especially at bedtime.
What you need to do is brew a strong cup of black tea — you may use 3 to 4 tea bags all at once. Allow black tea to cool to room temperature, soak a few cotton pads in it, and then place on sunburned areas of your body.
There’s another lesser-known home remedy available for sunburns, and that’s cornstarch. You can count on this very common cooking ingredient if the throbbing pain is keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Dust a little cornstarch on areas of your bed that come into contact with your sunburned skin. Feel free to dust cornstarch on sunburns themselves, too.
You can take advantage of the soothing abilities of cornstarch without actually dusting it on your body or bed, and such is by reaching for a few slices of potatoes.
All you have to do is gently rub potatoes on sunburned skin — certain compounds in potatoes have starchy consistency which is very good at giving you the relief that you need after spending a lot of time under the searing sun.
One of the reasons why tomatoes are good for you is the fact that they are rich in antioxidants. This is why you may count on tomatoes each time you can no longer stand sunburn pain.
In order to spare yourself from all the slicing, simply reach for a can of tomato sauce and apply a little on affected areas. Just make sure that the tomato sauce you are about to count on is 100 percent pure for best results.
Last but not least, you may count on shaving cream until the day that your sunburn no longer hurts like crazy.
The best shaving cream for the job is something that contains menthol — the cooling properties of menthol is what makes this unusual home remedy for sunburns capable of making your day go as smoothly as possible.
WARNING: Dermatologists cannot stress enough the importance of applying sunscreen with a sun protection factor or SPF of not less than 30 about half an hour before you spend time under the sun. Re-applying sunscreen every 2 hours is also essential for the prevention of sunburns.