Natural & Frugal Sunburn Relief

Natural & Frugal Sunburn Relief

I’ve been spending the summer here in Florida, and I can’t tell you how many people I have seen with very bad sunburns. I assume it is because people want to get that “golden tan” on their vacations and so they don’t use the right sunscreen or omit it altogether. Problem is, they get badly burned and spend their vacation in pain!

Luckily I haven’t burned yet, but I have really been careful about reapplying sunscreen when swimming and in beach water. I’ve also been using a minimum of 30 SPF, no tanning oils for us!

If you do happen to get a burn, there are plenty of natural and frugal sunburn relief remedies using items you probably already have in your kitchen.


What you need:

  • Vinegar (Apple Cider or White)

In this one ingredient recipe, all you’ll need to do is add vinegar to a spray bottle and spray it on the affected areas. This might not be the best smelling method but it will take the sting away! You might just smell like salad dressing for a bit.


What you need:

  • Aloe Vera Plant

This one is so simple. Start growing an aloe vera plant on your counter top to have one hand when you burn your skin. To use the plant simply cut off one of the arms and extract the jelly juice. Then place it directly on your skin.

If you have a burn and don’t have a plant or can’t get one right away, you can get aloe vera in bottles at most stores, but avoid the green slime looking kinds, they contain way more than aloe. Here is a sample of ingredients I found on a bottle:

“Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer , Polysorbate 20 , DMDM Hydantoin , Phenoxyethanol , Methylparaben , Propylparaben , Triethanolamine , FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake , FD&C Blue 1 (CI 42090) , Fragrance”

Instead, head to your natural foods store or drugstore and look for Aubrey Aloe or Jason’s Aloe Vera Oil. I find that the slimy green ones at the stores make your clothes stick to you causing even more pain!


What you need:

  • Strong Brewed Tea

Make a pot up of strong tea. Once it’s finished, dip a towel in it and place over your skin. If you cool it down first it will have a nice cooling effect.


What you need:

  • Full Fat Plain Yogurt

This method works best on smaller areas of sunburn. Simply spread the yogurt over the affected areas, let it stay on your skin until it warms up and then wipe off.


What you need:

  • 4 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 cup water

Mix ingredients together into a spray bottle and spray over the affected areas. Use a cotton ball to apply to smaller, delicate areas (such as the face).


What You Need:

  • 2 cups plain oatmeal
  • Bathtub

This method is a little messy but effective! Fill a bathtub with lukewarm water and pour in 2 cups of plain oatmeal. Soak in the bath for 20 minutes. This is also great for bug bite relief.

Hopefully if you need it, one of the natural & frugal sunburn relief methods will get you healing quickly. Prevention is the best idea, so make sure to read the bottles and reapply often. Wear hats and rash guards if needed and try to get your vitamin D, not a sunburn.

Have you tried any of these before? What is your favorite sunburn relief method?

Reader Comments (3)

I have tried the vinegar and it worked very well. I used to have an aloe vera plant, and would cut off a leave and apply it. I should get another plant! Thanks for the helpful hints.
July 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
If using the oatmeal method, be sure to grind the oats up (blender, mixer, etc) into a fine powder so the bathtub will not clog up. This method is soothing and smells great!
July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJhane
These are great! I've been spending an extraordinary amount of time in my yard this summer (more than the previous 4 years combined!). Though I always use sunscreen (Badger sunscreen is awesome!), it's nice to have these remedies on hand in the rare case a spot was missed or reapplication was forgotten. I have almost all of these remedies on hand at all times, and it's nice to know that they can serve as sunburn relilef, as well. (Is there anything vinegar and baking soda CAN'T do?? They are my main cleaning staples. White vinegar, though. NOT ACV. :-) )
July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

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