I’ve been fortunate to only have been sunburned once in my life. For the life of me, I had no idea what was happening and neither did my parents. Being that they’re from the very sunny Caribbean, the idea that I could be sunburned
never crossed their mind. A quick trip to the emergency room let us know that it was indeed a nasty sunburn. My doctor prescribed Preparation H, yes the stuff you rub on your bum for hemorrhoid relief. I kid you not. For two days I was basted with hemorrhoid cream and it worked; since then I thankfully haven’t been burned again.
That hasn’t stopped me from trying to be prepared for the next big burn should it occur. Here are three at home solutions you can use for your sunburn.
: Aloe vera
is my favorite burn relief tool. The leaves are cheap and plentiful at grocery stores and you can get a lot of use out of one (very hydrating) aloe vera
leaf. The best option is to always keep one in your fridge and should you get burnt, cut off a piece and rub it on gently.
This is one ingredient that I’m a bit more apprehensive about but it’s been popular on the interweb as a supposed cure for sunburn. For large sunburn areas individuals use half a cup of baking soda in a soaking bath for their body. For smaller areas, baking soda and ice water is mixed and applied with a cloth. The reason that I was apprehensive about this is that if you’ve ever rubbed baking soda on your body, it’s kind of painful. It almost has a fine grit sandpaper quality. I’m not sure if an individual would want that rough texture on their highly sensitive sunburned skin.
: I think everyone has either yogurt in their fridge or Pepto-Bismol. Both seem to be interchangeable as sunburn relief but plain yogurt is obviously the more natural option. It could also be the smellier option should you keep it on too long and it goes bad. And while Pepto has a reputation for helping ease your stomach woes, it seems to be a popular option online for those dealing with sunburn.
Of course you can avoid all of this by just wearing proper clothing
and making good use out of sunscreen
. But should you get a little burned, thankfully, there’s always relief in your fridge.