5 Surprising Sunburn Remedies
It’s summer, and you’ve done it again. You’ve found yourself in Sunburnville, population: you. Regardless of how you got yourself into this predicament, we’ve got a solution (or five!) for you. Below, we’ve rounded up some not-so-conventional homemade remedies that you can use to help treat your sunburns—that is, if you don’t get too hungry first.
Put your (grandma’s) favorite winter breakfast on your skin—or better yet, bathe in it. When it comes to treating sunburns, an oatmeal bath is one of the oldest tricks in the book. It’s actually been scientifically proven that oats have anti-inflammatory properties, providing you don’t pour hot oatmeal on yourself. All you have to do is make yourself a bowl of oatmeal, let it cool, and smear it anywhere you please—but do not scrub. If you’re bathing, blend, grind, or process about 1/3 cup of oats into a fine powder before adding it to your bath. Unless sitting in water with floating oat flakes is your thing. You do you.
Ahh, potatoes. Everybody’s favorite starch. Delicious, comforting, and versatile, potatoes—as you most definitely know—can be mashed, baked, deep-fried, or thrown into your salad. But did you know they’re a great remedy for sunburns as well? Simply boil ‘em, mash ‘em, and let ‘em cool. Then, apply to the affected area for a speedier healing process. Just keep a safe distance from your dog…
A favorite of Moroccans and other tea-drinking mammals, mint tea is no doubt refreshing, and so it kind of makes sense that people have used it to palliate a sunburned body. Just boil yourself some water, then mix in some green tea and a couple of fresh mint leaves, and let it sit for an hour. After it’s done stewing, strain it, and stick it in the fridge. Then, once it’s sufficiently cool, use a clean cloth to administer the tea to your burn. Since mint is a cooling substance and green tea is basically the holy grail of everything, this concoction will provide immediate relief.
Once that’s over with, promptly gather the remaining mint leaves for a mojito. You’re welcome.
This is one for the hungry readers. To combat skin damage, it’s important that you both eat and slather yourself with tomatoes. Whether you use tomato juice or puree, you’ll feel the benefits thanks to lycopene, the helpful pigment that gives tomatoes that rouge glow. And eating tomatoes in whatever form will build up your immune system, and ultimately help your body defend itself against the sun.
The only non-edible sunburn cure on our list is a known household staple, our friend shaving cream. Useful for facilitating hair removal, removing pesky stains, or for finger painting (if you’re so inclined), this bad boy has also been used for years to treat sunburns. Why? Because shaving cream is typically made with menthol, an ingredient naturally found in peppermint that’s known for its soothing properties.
Image via American Psycho.
Words by Katherine O’Connor.
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