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10 Tips for DIY Sunburn Relief

The big yellow guy in the sky can fry!! Of course we are talking about the sun here and everyone has had a least 1 sunburn in their life that they'll never forget, right? The pain, the blisters, the peeling. From clothes to sleeping to showers, everything is a struggle. 

Ok lets say you accidentally forgot the magic slip, slop, slap formula and had a bit too much sun, in other words you got sunburnt. So lets speed up this uncomfortable recovery process with a little kitchen DIY home remedies for sunburn relief.

Water & Ice 

  • a simple cool bath or shower
  • spritz affected area with chilled water
  • apply wrapped ice packs to affected area 10mins on / 10mins off
  • drink plenty of water to keep hydrated  


  • mash cucumbers and place in cheesecloth or a cotton thin tea towel & place directly on affected area
  • mix mashed cucumber with chilled milk & spritz affected area

Aloe Vera

  • use fresh cut aloe leaf and remove the skin from one side. scoop out the gel like pulp. apply directly to affected area
  • mash pulp and place in cheesecloth / towel & place directly on affected area
  • place mashed pulp in ice cube trays and freeze. place frozen aloe cubes in cheesecloth / towel to affected area 10mins on / 10mins off


  • steep a large strong pot of tea using 4-6 tea bags. Cool tea down in refrigerator, soak cotton cloth in tea & apply to affected area.
  • spritz area with chilled tea & milk mixture, mix 1:1 ratio  


  • use household white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • spritz affected area directly with vinegar
  • soak cotton cloth in vinegar & apply directly to the affected area
  • add 2-3 cups of vinegar to a cool bath 


  • spritz the affected area with chilled milk
  • add a gallon of milk to a cool bath
  • apply plain yogurt directly to the affected area


  • mix raw oatmeal with egg whites and apply directly to the affected area
  • add 2 cups of oatmeal to a cool bath

Essential Oils

  • add 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oils to water & spritz on affected area
  • lavender & chamomile are recommended
  • keep out of reach of children and out of eyes & mouth  

Corn Starch

  • mix cornstarch with water to create a spreadable paste. apply directly to the affected area & let dry
  • add & dissolve 2 cups of corn starch in a cool bath 


  • apply & smear honey directly over the affected area or apply to gauze first
  • mix honey with milk & chill, spritz directly on the affected area, ratio is 1:1

Medical Note- if you have any of below we suggest you seek medical attention and see a doctor if-

  • sunburn is servere
  • severe blisters
  • swelling or inflammation
  • nauseous and/or vomiting 
  • headaches
  • faint or dizzy
  • purple patches or rash
  • chills or fever
  • swollen glands

Please Note- the above list of DIY Sunburn Relief remedies and is not professional medical advice. Seek a doctor’s opinion when unsure or to confirm appropriate care. 

If you have any remedies of your own please feel free to add them to the comment section below.



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