Sunburn Soothers

Too much sun? Try these natural remedies to stop feeling the burn.

| July/August 2017

  • Aloe vera provides anti-inflammatory relief from sunburns.
    Photo by iStock; kaanates
  • Try using a paste of yogurt and chamomile essential oil to heal a nasty sunburn.
    Photo by iStock; FGorgun
  • Strain cucumber juice into a jar and add aloe vera, rosewater and coconut milk to create a sunburn-healing spray.
    Photo by iStock; Anna-Ok
  • Try yogurt, aloe, or other natural remedies to ease the sting of a sunburn.
    Photo by iStock; Jacob Wackerhausen

With warm temperatures, the beauty of the outdoors and gardens at peak productivity, it’s tempting to spend every waking minute of summer out in nature. Of course, even the most conscientious of us can still feel the effects of getting too much sun — damaged skin and painful, red sunburns.

If you’re in need of a little sunburn relief, there are plenty of simple treatments to try. Yogurt, buttermilk, tomato juice, witch hazel, aloe vera gel, chamomile tea and vinegar (1 tablespoon diluted in 1 cup water) can all be applied directly to a sunburn with a cloth or spray bottle, or added to a tepid bath.

For a truly soothing experience that combines healing and a little pampering, try one of these recipes for natural sunburn healing.


Yogurt Mask

For a sunburned face, apply this thick paste of cold yogurt and chamomile essential oil. Yogurt is a source of lactic acid (a natural alpha-hydroxy acid), which gently smoothes rough skin. Yogurt also has mild bleaching action. If applied three or more times per week, it can help lighten redness and discoloration caused by excessive sun exposure. Greek yogurt is thicker than other varieties, making it a good option for this treatment. 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

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