Top 10 DIY’s to Treat Sunburns

We’ve made it to the middle of the week beauty lovers! And the reason I say we made it, is because we’ve been ROASTING over here in Germany. As I’m sure you all know, I’m white a ghost, or a piece of paper, or snow. Sunburns plague me even in winter, so I like to keep a ton of aloe around and bathe in sunscreen before I leave the house. But the issue is, sometimes aloe gel isn’t enough to soothe the burning and itching. So, today I thought I would fill you guys in on some other at home remedies to treat a sunburn!

Before we talk about what happens after sun exposure, remember that the best way to take care of your skin is to avoid the sun! Don’t go in the sun between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, when the sun is at it’s strongest points. If you do go out, make sure your skin and head are covered as much as possible and use sunscreen! Also, remember to re-apply if you’re planning on getting some increased exposure.

Alright, let’s get started!

Baking Soda

Because baking soda is alkaline in nature, it is great for soothing skin after sun exposure. The antiseptic properties of baking soda can also help soothe the itchiness from sunburns.

How Do I Use It?

Soak in a cool bath mixed with 1 cup of baking soda for 15 minutes. After the time has elapsed, pat yourself dry with a towel. Repeat up to 1 time per day until your sunburn heals.

You can also mix 4 TBSP of baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Apply to your sunburn and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off with warm water. You can repeat up to twice per day, depending on the severity of your burn.


Oatmeal is great for soothing skin, whether you have a sunburn or you are suffering from something else. It helps the skin to retain moisture and reduce irritation.

How Do I Use It?

Similar to baking soda, soak in a cool bath mixed with one cup of oatmeal and soak for 30 minutes. After getting out of the bath, air dry and avoid rubbing with a towel. Repeat up to once per day until the symptoms are gone.

Another way to use oatmeal is to cook it in water until it has a runny consistency and apply it to your skin. Don’t rub it, just let it sit! After 30 minutes, wash it off with cool water. Repeat 2-3 times per day as needed.

Aloe Vera

I’m sure I don’t really need to say much about aloe, considering this is what everyone uses to treat sunburn. It has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties to ease the pain from a bad burn.

To Use A Fresh Plant:

  1. Remove gel from the plant by splitting it in half and scraping out the inside.
  2. Place the gel in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Apply a thin layer onto your sunburn and let dry.
  4. Repeat up to 5 or 6 times per day.

If you can’t get a fresh aloe leaf, use the gel from the store.

Black Tea

Chock-full of antioxidants that will help greatly reduce irritation and soothe the skin. Tea contains tannins that protect the skin from UV damage and reduce inflammation and helps to restore the skin’s pH balance.

How Do I Use It?

  1. Brew 2 or 3 tea bags and steep for a few minutes.
  2. Let the tea cool to room temperature before using it.
  3. Soak a rag in the tea and apply it to the affected area.
  4. Repeat once per day until the burn is relieved.

Apple Cider Vinegar

The miracle solution for everything makes another top 10 appearance! Apple Cider Vinegar is an amazing substance and has so many benefits for so many different things. I keep it on hand at all times! It is a great astringent, which will help speed up the healing process and reduce itching and inflammation.

How Do I Use It?

Add one cup of ACV to your tub filled with lukewarm water and soak for 30 minutes. This will balance your skins’ pH level and promote healing. Repeat once a day as needed.

Alternatively, mix equal amounts of ACV and cool water. Soak towels or paper towels in the solution and apply it to your affected skin. Leave the towels on until they air dry. Repeat several times per day as needed.

*if you have cuts or open sores avoid using vinegar!

Cool Compress

A super easy fix for on the go, using a cool compress on a sunburn can relieve pain and reduce inflammation.


Milk contains fat and protein that can help the skin retain moisture and reduce inflammation.

How Do I Use It?

1.Mix 1 cup of skim milk with 4 cups of water. Toss in a few ice cubes.

2. Dip a cloth in the solution and apply to the affected area for 30 minutes.

3. With a soft towel, pat your skin dry.

4. Repeat every 4 hours until the symptoms subside.

Coconut Oil

Another miracle product that can be used for a variety of situations, coconut oil is packed with fatty acids that work as a moisturizer to reduce symptoms of sunburn.

The presence of vitamin E in coconut oil works as an antioxidant, which helps to reduce inflammation.

How Do I Use It?

1.Melt some coconut oil in the microwave.

2. Apply it liberally to your sunburn, rubbing softly as to not irritate the skin further.

3. Repeat 3 times per day.


Honey is a natural antibiotic that acts as a moisturizer and locks moisture into your skin which is essential to treating a sunburn. Honey also decreases inflammation.

How Do I Use It?

Apply a thin layer of natural honey onto the sunburn and allow it to dry. Apply 2 or 3 times per day for a week.

Alternatively, eat one tablespoon of honey with a glass of lukewarm water 3 times per day to boost your immune system.



The starches in raw potatoes are excellent for relieving sunburn and drawing the heat out of the skin.

How Do I Use It?

1. Peel two potatoes and cut them into small pieces.

2. Blend the pieces in a blender until a paste is formed.

3. Apply to the sunburn and let dry, then take a cool shower.

Repeat 1x per day until symptoms subside.

Thanks for reading, I hope these help someone! See you on Friday, XO’S


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