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Treating Sunburns at Home: 7 Kitchen Ingredients That Can Provide Relief

Treating Sunburns

You did everything you could to prevent a sunburn and yet here you are- left with red and irritated skin instead of a golden tan. Perhaps you overlooked the fact that lounging by the pool or sea means getting an increased amount of sunlight as sand and water reflect the sun’s rays. Or maybe you just lost count of time!

Whatever the reason, you need to know that sunburn doesn’t need a lot of time to develop; damage can occur after just 15 minutes! The symptoms however, appear after 3-5 hours of sun exposure and may get worse over the next 24-36 hours.

So by the time you get back home after spending an hour outdoors, your skin might start developing rashes. For quick relief, you needn’t rush to the chemist’s as you’ll find several ingredients in your kitchen and pantry that can help relieve the pain and irritation!

Here are some common ingredients that you can use to reduce inflammation.


Don’t worry if you’re watching your weight because you don’t have to eat a potato to treat sunburns; you only have to apply it on the affected area! Potatoes are rich in vitamin C and are effective in treating dry, inflamed skin.


How to Use:

  • Cut a raw potato into slices and rub them on affected areas gently. Let dry and rinse with cool water after 15-20 minutes.
  • Grate a potato and apply onto skin as a poultice. Wash away after 20 minutes.
  • Cut a potato into chunks and process until smooth. You can add a little water if the paste seems dry. Pat the paste on affected areas and wash with cool water once dry.


Cornstarch has a silky texture and will feel cool when applied on irritated skin.

How to Use:

  • Simply dust cornstarch over affected areas to provide relief.
  • Mix a bit of water and cornstarch to make a paste. Apply paste on the affected area and let dry. Rinse with cool water once you feel the pain or irritation has lessened.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another common kitchen ingredient that can provide relief from sunburns. Like cornstarch, it is non-toxic and completely safe to use.

How to Use:

  • Add a few heaped tablespoons of baking soda into cool bath water. Get in the bath and let the solution work its magic.

Note that soaking in the solution for long can over-dry your skin so get out of the bath in 15-20 minutes. Don’t towel off; let your skin air dry.

Follow up with a good moisturizer to soothe the skin. Use one that has a light formula and gets absorbed by the skin easily. If you have only greasy winter creams at home, buy one that is perfect for summer and suits your skin type. Instead of wasting money buying the right one, try out free samples first to help you decide on the best moisturizer.


Tomatoes are known for their healing properties and are great for treating sunburns too. The lycopene-rich summer fruit also protects the skin from intense sun damage.


How to Use:

  • Cut a tomato into slices and rub on affected areas. Let remain for a while until you feel the itchiness subside. Rinse with cool water.
  • Grind a tomato and extract the juice using a muslin cloth or sieve. Mix this juice with yogurt and apply the paste on sunburns. Wash with cool water after 15 minutes.


This cool vegetable is great at beating the heat as well as healing intense sunburns. Cucumbers are excellent sources of the anti-oxidant beta-carotene, vitamin C, and folic acid- all of which help repair skin.

How to Use:

  • Cut a cucumber into slices and rub on affected areas. Rinse with cool water after a while.
  • Grate a cucumber and extract the juice. Use it as an astringent on your skin 2-3 times daily.
  • Using a blender, make a paste of the grated cucumber. Mix the paste with Fuller’s earth and apply on affected areas. Leave the mask on for about 15 minutes and rinse with cool water.


Milk, especially cow’s milk has anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe sunburns very well. Applying milk on the skin creates a protein film that eases discomfort.


How to Use:

Pour some milk into a bowl and add a couple of ice cubes. Dip a washcloth into the milk and gently press on the sunburn. Dip the washcloth into the bowl and keep reapplying the compress for 15-20 minutes. Repeat every 3-4 hours to provide relief.


Honey is a natural antiseptic and can cure a host of ailments. Moreover, it encourages the growth of new skin cells thus helping your skin heal faster.

How to Use:

  • Smear raw honey on sunburns and let remain for a while. The honey will trap moisture and soothe your skin.
  • Mix a tablespoon of honey with a cup of mashed papaya and 2 tablespoons of oatmeal powder. Apply the paste on sunburns and rinse with cool water after half an hour.


Preventing sunburns is the best thing you can do for yourself. But if you ever find yourself badly sun burnt, you needn’t worry! With the tips given here, you now know that you can treat sunburns effectively using common kitchen ingredients.

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