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7 Natural Ways to Treat a Sunburn

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You know it’s summer when you have creative tan lines in mysterious places from staying out in the sun for too long. But nothing messes up your beach staycation plans like a nasty sunburn. It gets worse. Although it is more common during the warmer months, it is still possible to get sunburn throughout the year since its caused by a prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultra-violet rays. Here’s how you can treat your sunburn naturally.

1. Use a Chilled Milk Compress

Got milk? This is one of the easiest, most effective natural remedies for sunburn. First, soak a hand towel or washcloth into a cool glass of milk. Gently place it on your affected areas and leave it on for about ten minutes (or until it becomes warm). You can resoak as many times as you like, just make sure to place the milk back in the fridge until it becomes cool again.

2. Up Your Cold Water Intake

Drinking tons of water after getting burned is important. Whether your feel dehydrated or not, this is the best way to ensure that your skin is getting the oxygen and liquids it needs to heal quicker. Throw a bottle of cold water in your bag so you can drink it on the go.

3. Check Your Fridge for Leftover Baking Soda
One of its many uses, this treatment is excellent for treating your more serious burns. Mix it with cool water to create a soothing paste. Gently rub the baking soda paste on your burn until it is covered completely. You should experience a cooling sensation. After a few minutes, rinse it off. This will also lift some of the redness from your burn.

4. Say Hello to Aloe
The aloe plant has many benefits. The smooth gel from its thick leaves are especially great at removing any redness or irritation. You can either use the actual plant or buy aloe vera gel from your local pharmacy or market. Simply spread the gel over your sunburn and let it sit until the sting starts to go away.

5. Let Witch Hazel Wash the Pain Away

Witch hazel is another simple, yet effective way to soothe your peeling skin. It contains natural chemicals called tannins which help make your skin feel less irritated and swollen. It also destroys bad bacteria and stops it from infecting your burn. Dip the corner of a hand towel in witch hazel water. Next, gently pat the sunburn with the towel. You can reapply this as many times as needed.

6. Stay Cool with Cucumbers

This next remedy will have you feeling as cool as a cucumber. Cucumbers are known for their hydrating properties in drinks. Why not use it to cool off your skin, too? There are two proven ways to get some much needed relief. If you are in a hurry, you can simply place slices of cucumber on the buned area. Or you can create a paste by blending it with aloe vera gel.

7. Potatoes Are the Way to Go

You probably already have these lying in your kitchen. Cut a potato into thin slices and place them on your burn. This will reduce the redness and give you relief from any irritation. If that does not seem to work, turn it into a paste and gently dab it on the burn.

Cassandra is a beauty and women's health writer. She spends most of her time treating herself to dinner and movie dates, pretending her life is a Marvel comic and figuring out how to keep her makeup on her face. Not necessarily in that order. She blogs about affordable outfits from her favorite movies and TV shows at Onscreencloset.com.