If you have gotten a sunburn that is on the mild side, you don’t necessarily need fancy over-the-counter pain relief products. Many sunburns get relief with natural remedies. Keep in mind if you have a severe 2nd or 3rd-degree burn, you need to see a doctor for medical treatment.
Hydrate Your Skin
It is more important than you think to be hydrated when you have a sunburn. This includes hydrating on the inside and the outside. Hydrate by drinking plenty of water and other healthy fluids, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, both of which can lead to dehydration. Hydrating your skin is best with water or herbal tea. You can then hydrate the skin on the outside by keeping it moist and cooled off, starting with a cool shower, then using cool compresses on the area.
Apply Aloe to the Sunburn
Aloe vera gel is often sold in stores, so many people use it for their burns. The reason is that aloe is so soothing and cool to the skin. It cools off the burn while also helping it to heal more quickly. If you don’t have any aloe in the house but have an aloe plant in your backyard, you can use the gel directly from the leaves of that plant and apply it to your burn. The store-bought varieties should use pure aloe instead of having preservatives and other ingredients you don’t recognize.
Try Essential Oils
For more of a mild sunburn, you can use some essential oils that have been properly diluted. Be very careful when using a pure essential oil on your skin, especially on a burned area. Dilute it heavily and only add more drops as needed, then spray it onto your burn. Soothing essential oils that are good for reducing the pain from a sunburn include lavender and chamomile. This should not replace medical treatments for more severe burns. If your sunburn is causing blisters, it is a 2nd-degree burn and needs medical intervention.
Wear Loose Clothing
While your sunburn is healing, you should be resting and keeping as cool as possible. Stay out of the sun or cover up if you need to go outside. While indoors, wear loose-fitting clothing with breathable fabrics. Nothing you wear should be tight or restricting, so you might want to remove your bra if your shoulders were burned. The pain should subside within a few hours or the first couple of days, depending on how badly you were sunburned.