Natural Ways to Soothe a Sunburn

Feeling the burn? Sunburn is caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Too much exposure to UV light can damage your skin, making it red and painful.

The symptoms may not occur immediately, it can take up to five hours for sunburn to appear. If not treated timely, the burn can lead to peeling or blistering skin. Sunburn also doubles the risk of developing melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to reverse the damage, but you can take steps to soothe your skin. Here, easy-to-find natural sunburn cures that can help quell the discomfort:

Cool milk compress

A cool milk compress is one of the quickest, simplest and low-cost ways to treat sunburn. It doesn’t get much easier than just heading to the refrigerator for relief-and easy is good when treating anything. The initial coolness of the milk will ease the heat, while it also creates a layer of protein to protect your skin, help it heal, and further soothe discomfort. [1]


Yogurt’s probiotics will help moisturize your skin and reduce pain. Choose a full-fat, plain yogurt and apply it gently on the sunburnt areas — a washcloth is helpful here. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then wash off in the shower. [2]

Coconut Oil

We’re all aware of its moisturizing properties, but it’s also known to reduce inflammation. Wait one day after your burn to set and use plain, natural coconut oil and rub it over the burned areas. Even better: You can apply some (along with your sunscreen) before you head outdoors for extra protection. [3]

Our Bonus tip: Always drink plenty of H2O after you get sunburn. It helps rehydrate the skin and fight off inflammation and peeling. And, of course, always wear sunscreen and you won’t have to worry about these remedies!


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