Sunburn Relief

Hopefully we are long past the days when a day at the beach involved smothering yourself with baby oil, carrot oil or coca cola to achieve maximum tanning.  That said, the sun is extremely strong and no matter how careful we try to be by replying sunscreen, taking cover and staying away from the midday sun we can still get caught out and burn., And, as we all know, sunburn can turn a fun day in the sun into a painful experience. Whether you spent too much time lounging by the pool or forgot to reapply sunscreen during a beach outing, the result is often the same: red, tender skin that’s begging for relief. But fear not! In this guide, we’ll explore the best remedies to help soothe your sunburn and get you back to feeling comfortable in your skin.

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Cool Compress

Applying a cooling towel to your sunburned skin can provide instant relief. Simply soak in cold water and gently apply it to the affected area. You can also add a few ice cubes to the water for an extra cooling effect. Just be sure not to leave the compress on for too long, as prolonged exposure to cold can damage your skin.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a natural remedy that has been used for centuries to treat sunburns and other skin irritations. The gel from the aloe vera plant has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness and pain. If you are lucky enough to have an actual aloe vera plant, simply break off a leaf, squeeze out the gel, and apply it directly to your sunburned skin. Alternatively, you can also find aloe vera gel at most chemists or supermarkets.


Keeping your sunburned skin moisturised is key to promoting healing and preventing peeling. Look for a gentle, fragrance free moisturiser and apply it liberally to your skin several times a day. Avoid products that contain alcohol or petroleum, as these can further irritate your skin.


Sunburn can leave your skin feeling parched, so it’s important to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, and consider adding electrolytes to your water or have some coconut water or sports drinks to replenish lost fluids.

Oatmeal Bath

Taking a cool oatmeal bath can help soothe sunburned skin and reduce itching. Simply add a cup of finely ground oatmeal (yes, the kind you use to make your overnight oats)  to your bathwater and soak for 15-20 minutes. The oatmeal will create a protective barrier over your skin, helping to lock in moisture and relieve discomfort.

An oatmeal bath definitely sounds much more appealing than being doused in a vinegar compress like I was when I got sunburnt as a young child. 

My gran always tells me the same story about how she wrapped me in vinegar soaked newspaper (I was literally a walking, talking human fish and chip advert) when I got badly sunburnt as a three year old.  She says that whilst standing in the kitchen I kept telling her the birdies had come to visit us and she thought I was delirious.  But, the birds had really come in to visit lol.  I swear I still remember the stink.  I must have wreaked for days!

Pain Relief

If your sunburn is particularly painful, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen to help ease the discomfort. Be sure to follow the dosage instructions on the label and consult with your doctor if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns.

Dealing with a sunburn can be a literal pain, but with the right remedies, you can find relief and promote healing for your skin. From cool compresses to soothing aloe vera, these remedies are sure to make you feel better in no time. Just remember to take care of your skin and always wear sunscreen to prevent future sunburns.

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