Pharmacy in Your Pantry: 7 Unexpected Household Remedies for Sunburnt Skin

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Apple Cider Vinegar
Many people consider vinegar the go-to for sunburn relief. Vinegar contains acetic acid which is one of the components in medications like Aspirin, and can ... more 
Photo by: stock photo
Apple Cider Vinegar
Many people consider vinegar the go-to for sunburn relief. Vinegar contains acetic acid which is one of the components in medications like Aspirin, and can help ease sunburn pain, itching, and inflammation. Apple cider vinegar in particular helps to balance the skin's pH factor, its acid/alkaline balance. Proponents of this method say vinegar is most effective after a cool or tepid shower.
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Fri, Jul 19, 2013 2:00 PM EDT
It happens to the best of us. We apply sunscreen. We miss a spot. We get a raging sunburn and vow never to step foot in the sun again. Until the next time. Sunburns are serious business and if you've overdone it, you'll want to take immediate steps to help your body defend itself and get your skin back on track. The top recommended steps for treating sunburn are: get out of the sun immediately, drink plenty of water to re-hydrate, and do not return into the sun until your skin is fully healed. It may take a few days but it's important to let your body heal. If your skin is severely blistered or you're experiencing fever and chills, call your doctor for advice. This is especially important for your little ones. Otherwise you'll want to reduce the inflammation and try to reduce damage to the deeper layers of your skin. To reduce the sting of a sunburn you can apply an after-sun product, but if you don't have access or don't want to spend money on one, or just prefer natural alternatives, try looking in your pantry. Many household items contain natural ingredients and acids that help cool and soothe sunburn pain. There isn't a lot of scientific backing but proponents swear up and down that these remedies relieve pain and make sunburns more tolerable. Aloe, oatmeal, and cucumber are among the most well-known but check out these 7 surprising sunburn remedies, all of which you likely have on hand already. - By Jill Seiman



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