It’s only a few weeks into summer break, and yet I’m already bright red and burnt in awkward places. (I never knew wearing shorts could hurt so much!) But with these simple burn remedies, I’m already up and ready to hit the pool some more!
1. Aloe Vera
Whether scooped from the plant or bought in a bottle, the gel of the aloe vera plant is calming and cooling, and spreads easily on burns. Being a sunburn magnet, I have lots of experience with this remedy, and let me tell you: it works. There hasn’t been a summer in my life gone by without the use of aloe vera.
2. Oatmeal Bath
If you had chicken pox in your later childhood, you might remember being bathed in oatmeal. This is a common remedy for the itching and inflammation of the pox, and is used similarly for burns. Just toss a few tablespoons of baking soda and a couple cups of oatmeal into a tub of cool water, and soak in the mixture for about ten minutes. You’ll feel better almost instantly.
Another simple in-a-fix remedy is to soak a washcloth in vinegar and rub it on the burn. It’s not the nicest smelling trick, but it works, and once your burn stops hurting, you won’t mind smelling like sweaty gym shoes.
Similar (and less smelly) than the vinegar remedy is the tea remedy. Using chamomile or green tea, brew a cup and let it cool. Then, use a towel to rub the tea on the burn. It takes longer than using vinegar, and isn’t always great if you’re allergic to pollen, but it is less harsh and smells great. (Just wait until it cools off; you don’t want to give yourself any more burns!)
It’s just like going to the spa! Except the cucumber slices go on your burn, not your eyes (though, no one’s stopping you from doing that too). The cooling nature of the vegetable will soothe the inflammation, and keep the skin from itching. The best part? Very little mess, and virtually no smell.
What are your favorite sunburn remedies, lovelies?