The Best Way to Soothe a Sunburn

by Jonathan Croswell ; Updated July 18, 2017

Sunburn can be treated in a number of ways.

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Overexposure to sunlight can cause burns on your skin to varying degrees, ranging from slight redness and itching to extreme sensitivity, peeling and blistering. Regardless of how bad your sunburn is, it's wise to treat the skin to help it recover from sun damage. Treatments that moisturize your skin, replenish its nutrients and soothe the pain will make your sunburn more tolerable and help it heal faster.

Apply a moisturizing lotion featuring aloe vera at least two to three times each day. Aloe vera is a natural treatment for sunburns, and moisturizing your burned, dried skin will offer relief and help your skin recover faster.

Apply a soft cloth or piece of cotton gauze soaked in whole milk to your sunburned skin. Leave the cloth in place for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove and rinse your skin with cold water. According to CareFair.com, milk proteins cover your skin in a protective coating that helps maintain hydration in your skin while healing enzymes soothe your sunburn.

Blend 2 cups of rolled oats into fine pieces or powder. Fill a bathtub with warm water and mix the oats into the water. Get in and let your body soak for 30 minutes. Oatmeal can help soothe skin irritations like sunburn and help protect your skin from further damage, according to CareFair.com.

Mix one part tomato juice into six parts buttermilk and apply the natural lotion to your sunburn. Tomatoes help cool and soothe burned skin and have plenty of vitamins A and C to help replenish skin, according to DailyGlow.com. Buttermilk is reported by HerbalRemedies.com to have nutritional qualities that help soften, moisturize and soothe skin.

Apply an anti-itch and skin irritation cream, like Preparation H, to your sunburned skin. These products can help reduce swelling on your skin and soothe the burning sensation and irritation on your skin.

Sleep in loose-fitting clothing made of soft fabric. The less friction or abrasion your skin suffers during the night, the less pain you will feel when you are awake.

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About the Author

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.