A combination of common kitchen ingredients and some TLC will help soothe the pain and discomfort of sore sunburned skin.
To help set your treatment goals, you first need to understand WHY sunburned skin is red and tender.
A sunburn results from a cascade of inflammation in your skin, all of which was triggered by excessive sun exposure. There is no “cure” for a sunburn, it simply has to run its course. You can, however, soothe inflammation to make your skin more comfortable. You can’t reverse the skin DNA damage that resulted from excessive sun exposure though.
What are the best natural remedies to speed skin healing and soothe sunburn pain?
The best natural sunburn remedy is cool pure aloe vera juice or a cool paste made of cucumbers, or a combination of the two.
Pure aloe vera gel or juice from the plant soothes inflamed skin and is a good home remedy for burns. Apply cool pure aloe vera gel to sunburned skin to help relieve discomfort and inflammation. Never use an aloe vera gel product that contains topical anesthetic ingredient, such as benzocaine or lidocaine, because they can cause an allergic skin rash that will make your skin both hurt and itch at the same time.
Cucumbers are rich in natural botanical compounds that have both antioxidant and analgesic properties. The best way for using cucumbers on sunburned skin is to make a paste of chilled cucumber. Chill your cucumbers, then use your kitchen blender to create a paste. Apply the paste to sunburned skin to help soothe sunburn pain and inflammation naturally.
You can add some of the aloe vera juice or gel to your cucumber paste to combine the healing properties of both. Remember to use cool gel or paste as the coolness also speeds recovery by constricting your skin’s capillaries, which are bringing in the building blocks of pain and inflammation.