Beat the Heat! Home Remedies for Sunburns

Too much sun on your skin? These easy-to-make recipes cool and soothe.

| July/August 2011

  • Yogurt and aloe vera both help relieve sunburn.

In hot weather, it can be easy to accidentally get overheated or sunburned, even if we’re careful. Soothe sensitive skin with these spa-like treatments you can make with grocery-store ingredients.

Yogurt Mask  

To relieve the heat and redness of a sunburned face, apply a thick paste of cold yogurt and chamomile essential oil. Because yogurt is a good source of lactic acid (a natural alpha-hydroxy acid), it gently smoothes rough skin. Yogurt also has mild bleaching action, and if applied often (three or more times a week) can help lighten discoloration caused by excessive sun exposure. Greek yogurts are thicker than other varieties. If your yogurt is runny, strain it through cheesecloth to remove excess moisture.

2 tablespoons thick, plain yogurt, strained if necessary
2 drops chamomile essential oil



1. Mix yogurt and chamomile essential oil.

2. Smooth the mixture over your face and neck.



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