7 Natural Sunburn Treatments

Sometimes in the middle of all that summer fun we can overdo our time spent in the sun and, in burning agony, end up regretting it later. Knowing how to treat your sunburns naturally is a huge advantage and safer than other treatments found in most stores that can contain unhealthy ingredients such as parabens and phthalates.

Aloe Vera


Quite possibly the best sunburn solution out there, aloe vera can both reduce pain and swelling caused by burns. Acting as a protective layer on skin which replenishes moisture, it hydrates parched skin so burns can heal quicker. Healing will occur without blistering or peeling. You can purchase a tube of all natural aloe vera, or use the gooey substance inside a cut aloe vera leaf. Aloe vera leaves can also be purchased and grown outdoors.

Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer that helps heal skin and block out free radicals caused by sun exposure. This means you can use it as sunscreen and as an after-sun treatment. It quickly soothes the burning and tightness of burned skin and strengthens underlying skin tissues, removing excess dead skin cells. Coconut oil is very light, quickly absorbing into skin and not trapping any heat so you can stay moisturized for hours. You should notice a decrease in redness within minutes after use. Coconut oil is also a antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiflammatory oil that smells great and works. It’s also great for pregnant women in need of sunburn relief without the harmful preservatives.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E

Natural vitamin E gel or oil is perfect for burns that were left untreated and have begun to peel or blister. Vitamin E provides your skin with all the moisture and antioxidants needed for healing. It’s also great for reducing scars, or brown spots on skin as it smooths out roughness, and encourages cell regeneration.

Baking soda


Handy for all sorts of uses, and already available in almost all households, baking soda is an equally effective (and cost-effective) pain reliever. Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl of cool water, soak a clean cloth or cotton balls in bowl, and dab onto sunburn area. This gives your skin moisture, and cools your burn down.

Colloidal Oatmeal


Oatmeal is an age-old treatment to numerous skin conditions, including sunburn, and has been long regarded as a natural skin healer. Colloidal oatmeal is very finely ground oatmeal added to water. The oats are loaded with beta-glucans which are a polysaccharides that help reduce skin inflammation, initiate immune cells in skin, and stimulate collagen disposition. Fill a bathtub with lukewarm water, add colloidal oatmeal, soak for about 15 minutes, and pat dry.

Lavender Oil


With a variety of uses, and possessing a wonderful scent, lavender oil helps heal and ease the pain of sunburn. Undiluted oil can be applied to small sunburn areas such as shoulders or the nose. But on bigger areas it is suggested to use with cool water instead. Lavender helps skin to heal and prevents unwanted scarring. Try adding a couple drops of lavender to a bath of baking soda, or oatmeal, in lukewarm water and soak for 30 minutes.

Raw Honey


An ancient remedy for scrapes, cuts, and burns, raw honey traps moisture in the affected area and regenerates new tissue. Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properities raw honey has achieved great success in the treatment of wounds and burns. First, soak in a cool bath to draw heat from skin and soothe pain. Avoid using soap on burns. Apply the raw honey on the affected areas and wrap with dry gauze. Change wrapping at least once a day until healed. Honey may also help to reduce scar formation.

Word of Caution:

Remember to avoid fatty oils, petroleum jelly, and other greasy products that traps heat in your skin and flare up your burns. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of purified water as heavy sun exposure causes dehydration.