Because sunburns are never planned, here are five ways to soothe sunburnt skin that’s caught without aloe-vera at home:
Green tea is incredibly effective at soothing skin, reducing inflammation, and fighting skin damage from UV radiation. To treat a sunburn, make a pot of green tea, let it cool, and soak a clean cloth in it to apply to your burn.
Avoid peeling, curb itching and reduce redness with coconut oil, a great natural moisturizer found in most kitchens. Coconut oil should be used after you’ve cooled down the burn, when skin becomes dry.
White vinegar acts as an antiseptic, and can reduce pain and inflammation due to its acidic properties. To treat inflamed skin, soak some paper towels in half vinegar, half water and apply to the area. Let the paper towel dry completely. If your burn has left you itchy, try adding two cups of vinegar to a cool (not cold) bath.
Because of its high probiotic content, Greek yogurt can fight inflammation and moisturize at the same time. Apply yogurt to the area and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing off.
Cucumbers can also help to reduce swelling, pain and redness due to their anti-inflammatory properties and are a good match for irritated skin. You can slice them or blend them to apply to the burn.