Sunburns spoil the entire holiday mood. What is worse is that you realize the fact that you are a victim of the harsh rays of the sun only hours later. The swelling, redness, and pain that is involved is really unbearable. There are times when the burns last for just 48 hours; higher degree burns can really leave you sick. There are a couple of natural baths that could ease the symptoms and offer you relief. Read on to know more about these DIY sunburn baths!


Oatmeal Bath: Packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, oatmeal is one of the most effective home remedies for sunburns that works on kids and adults alike.

Ingredients: Oatmeal – 1 cup, Milk – enough to dissolve the powder

How to:

  1. Blend the oatmeal you are using to a fine powder using a food processor or blender.
  2. Transfer to a dish and add milk so that the powder dissolves and you get a milky mixture.
  3. Add this to your bathtub filled with water.
  4. Soak for 20 minutes.
  5. Do not rinse away the oatmeal particles as it helps in alleviating the sunburn induced itching and redness.
  6. Blot dry and leave on. Repeat this twice or thrice a day to enable faster recuperation.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is also effective as it is a good astringent that promotes the healing by easing the itching and swelling. The pain involved will also be alleviated.

Ingredients: Apple cider vinegar – 2 cups, Dry milk powder – 1 cup

How to:

  1. Dissolve apple cider vinegar and dried milk powder in a bathtub filled with tepid water.
  2. Soak yourself in this bath for at least 20 minutes for the swelling, itching, redness, and pain to ease.
  3. Dab dry gently using a soft towel.

Tea: Tea is a great source of tannic acid, one of the most prominent home remedies for soothing sunburns. Use black tea, green tea, or chamomile tea bags according to availability. You can even use a mix of tea bags to promote faster healing.

Ingredients: Water – 4 cups, Tea bags – 6

How to:

  1. Boil 4 cups of water in a clean vessel.
  2. Add the tea bags and steep for a couple of minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  4. Refrigerate the strong tea until cold.
  5. Mix this tea in the tub filled with tepid water.
  6. Soak yourself for 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Dab dry with a soft towel.

Cornstarch : The silky cool texture of cornstarch makes it an adorable solution for sunburns. It cools down the burning sensation that your skin experiences while allowing the inflammation and redness to calm down.

Ingredients: Cornstarch – 2 cups, Water – enough to make into a thin batter.

How to:

  1. Add cool water, little at a time, to the cornstarch to make a thin batter.
  2. Mix this in cool water filled in your bathtub.
  3. Soak for half an hour.
  4. Get out, dab dry using a soft towel.

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