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Sunburn Soothers

Sunburn Soothers

Sometimes, despite our best intentions and slathering ourselves with sunblock, we or someone we love gets a painful sunburn. Ouch! Not only can sunburn cause skin cancer, it can also prematurely age and damage our skin.

Here are the best natural remedies we know for healing painful, sunburned skin. Soothe your sunburn safely with these great ideas:

Easy Sunburn Salve
Just snip a leaf off an aloe vera plant (some of us keep them growing in the kitchen for just this purpose; it’s great for kitchen-accident burns, too) and spread the jellylike sap evenly over your burned areas. If you donít have an aloe vera plant, buy the pure gel and use that instead.

Cucumber Body Pizza: A simple refreshing way to cool and heal sunburned or itchy skin.

Sunburn Healing Bath
In a handkerchief tied with string or a muslin teabag, place the following:

1/4 cup rolled oats
1/8 cup whole milk powder
1 teaspoon tea leaves, green or black
3 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil

Run a tepid to cool bath and soak along with this bath bag. Use it as a compress to spread healing, cooling relief all over.

Tea Compress
Store used teabags in the fridge and apply as a cold compress to burned skin.

Read more: Beauty, Skin Care

By the Care2 Staff.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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1:13AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Thanks for all the info.

5:02PM PDT on May 8, 2012


6:18AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

The only quick relief is a product called INSURANCE from California Tan containing Calendula, aloe vera and other it at a tanning salon. Takes the red out and turns it to brown...and takes the sting from a sunburn away...absolutely immediate relief and done! No reapplying. needed. Believe me, I am an expert at this

6:48PM PDT on Jul 5, 2011


11:50AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

Thanks, hope I don't need it, but good to know.

5:24AM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Thanks for the article.

3:56PM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

Thank you Annie.

3:07AM PDT on Jun 28, 2010


12:36AM PDT on Apr 27, 2010


1:53AM PDT on Apr 20, 2010

Fish oil and evening primrose oil supplements can be added too to treat sunburns.

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