Ouch! Hours after we have fun in the sun, we’re sometimes plagued with a red-hot sunburn. If you’ve been laying out and now you’re lying low, we have some incredible skin-saving remedies to treat the sting and reduce redness quickly.  

Grate a peeled potato or mix it in the food processor and be sure to reserve all the juice, as that is where the potato’s power lies. Mix the resulting juice with a small amount of water, if it is too thick to apply to skin. Soak cotton balls in the juice and apply directly to the sunburn. The potato starch soothes and cools the burning sensation.

Can’t stand the burn? In a pinch, you can pop an ibuprofen
to reduce swelling and relieve pain.

Pour enough cold milk into a large bowl to soak a washcloth. Make sure the milk is completely chilled for best results. Gently pat the milky washcloth onto your burn. The milk coats skin to help ease the discomfort of sunburn.

To reap the full benefits of an oatmeal bath, blend a cup or two of dry rolled oats in a blender until it becomes a fine powder. Fill your bathtub with tepid water, as hot water will irritate the skin. You can either pour the oat powder directly into the tub or fill an old sock with it. The powder should turn the bathwater a milky color. Enjoy a relaxing soak for about 20 minutes. Do not rinse off – instead gently pat your skin dry and allow the traces of oat to stay on the skin to help prevent any further itching.

A virtually unknown ingredient in our country, tamanu oil packs a major punch for sunburn relief. The oil comes from the tropical tamanu tree (found in Southeast Asia) and it has the ability to turn sunburnt skin into tanned skin overnight. Tamanu oil  is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antineuralgic (relieves acute nerve pain). It also speeds up the process of skin cell renewal, giving you healthy new skin tissue post-burn. Organic tamanu oil is available at sheaterraorganics.com

Most of us think of aloe vera gel as a ready remedy for a sunburn. Available in organic varieties at many drugstores and supermarkets, this product really helps ease the pain. Even better, you can purchase fresh aloe vera plants at local gardening stores. Cut them open to expose the flesh and press it gently on the sunburnt area for as long as possible. The juice in the aloe plant contains powerful antibacterial and healing properties.

Pour enough cold milk into a large bowl to soak a washcloth. Make sure the milk is completely chilled for best results. Gently pat the milky washcloth onto your burn. The milk coats skin to help ease the discomfort of sunburn.cucumber

Start by making a paste of  the cucumber insides. Discard the peel, as it does nothing for your burn. You can either use a fork to mash up the cucumber, or pulse it in a blender to form a paste. Apply it directly to the sunburned areas and leave on until the cooling effect subsides. Cucumber contains both antioxidant and analgesic properties, which soothe pain and inflammation naturally.