12 August 2013

6 Effective Home Remedies for Sunburn

Summer! Sun! Joy! The sun is the best source of vitamin D, it acts as a pro-hormone, which converts into vitamin D3 in your body. Vitamin D in your skin is generated by UV light, which is divided into three bands – UVA, UVB and UVC. UVB produces Vitamin D but it also is the main cause of sunburn caused by overexposure to sunlight.

6 effective home remedies for sunburn via @kanelstrand
photo: Tom Godber
If you overexpose your skin to the sun you can end up with a sunburn. Here are 6 home remedies that will heal the burn harmlessly. Keep in mind, though, that these remedies cannot reverse the very real damage caused by unprotected exposure to the sun's rays.

Spread evenly a thin layer of yogurt on the skin and let it work for as long as possible, preferably the whole night.

Massage the sunburned areas with a piece of cotton, soaked in vinegar.

Boil and mash 5 middle-sized potatoes. Spread on the affected skin after the mashed potatoes have cooled.

Massage honey onto the sunburned areas. Repeat after the honey has been absorbed into the skin.

Baking soda
A fast and effective sunburn relief is a thick paste of baking soda and water which you can spread on the skin.

An even better solution is to prepare St John's wort oil. It is probably the most effective remedy of all and is also great for treating wounds. Here is how you can make St. John's wort oil at home.

Did I miss anything? Share the home remedy you use for treating sunburn.


  1. My grandma always rubbed me down with chilled aloe. Felt sooo good!

    1. Indweed, aloe is a great remwdy for sunburn. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Oh yes, I was going to mention aloe. It's a great plant to have around the house. =0)