Summer’s here, and so is the sun!

Summer is coming, and the sun is out! People are packing up and heading out to the lake, picnics, hiking, and camping! I have field camp these first 6 weeks, and a majority of that time is spent outside. Plus- the Jeep’s top is also down so the sun basically is laughing at me constantly. Naturally, Day 1, I got super sunburned. For this weeks blog I’m detailing some of my favorite tried and true sunburn remedies, and also the best ways to prevent sunburns!!

Sunburn Remedies

So you’re checking this section out first huh? It must be too late for you too. Not a problem! Lucky for you, I have spent many years of my life trying out different sunburn remedies!

#1. Aloe Vera

Yes, I’m starting with the most obvious. Aloe Vera is great for sunburns, it comes from the inside of the Aloe plant leaf! So if you have a plant, that’s awesome. Cut that thing up and apply! If you’re not so green thumb inclined, there are a lot of great products out there, here are my favorite 2: Vaseline & Hawaiian Tropic.

Pros-

  • Cheap
  • Effective
  • Instant Relief
  • Comes in different forms

Cons-

  • The gel stuff is really gross. Like, really really gross. But very effective.
  • You have to be sure to buy good brands in order for it to work.

#2. Essential Oils

People are SUPER into essential oils today. Whether or not you believe they work, a lot of people really recommend them for sunburn relief! The most common mix is lavender and peppermint, with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil or unscented lotion). You can get them HERE: Shop DoTerra. I didn’t have too much luck with this technique, it didn’t have that instant relief that Aloe had.

Pros-

  • Smells great
  • Reduces redness quickly
  • Soaks in quickly

Cons-

  • Can be expensive
  • May or may not have instant relief
  • Peppermint can make sensitive skin feel worse

#3. Vinegar

People are using vinegar for everything! Cleaning, health benefits, etc! So it shouldn’t surprise you that there is a sunburn remedy using vinegar! This one is super simple. Soak a few rags in vinegar (preferably apple cider) and lay them on your body for about 10 minutes. If you’re feeling fancy, mix a little lavender essential oil in with it!

Pros-

  • Instant Relief
  • Cheap
  • Reduces redness quickly
  • Feels REALLY GOOD

Cons-

  • Stinks, even if you include lavender
  • Have to lay around while it absorbs
  • Have to shower afterwards (and who has time for that??)

#4. Milk Baths

Okay, you don’t have to take an actual milk bath. If you want to, go for it! But this one is best done the same way the vinegar is. Soak some rags and lay on your lobster-fied body. You know how it feels when you drink milk after eating spicy food? This is kind of the same sensation. Cold milk on your hot body just feels amazing! This is best done immediately after your day outside or when  you realize you’re sunburned.

Pros-

  • Instant Relief
  • Reduces redness quickly
  • Feels REALLY GOOD
  • Best early relief

Cons-

  • Stinks
  • Have to lay around while it absorbs
  • Have to shower afterwards
  • Milk can be expensive

#5. Tea bags

This last one is an old wives tale. After you get your sunburn, brew yourself some tea! There are two ways of doing this. One way is brewing a black tea VERY strong (15-20 minutes), then using a rag to press it onto your skin. Another way is dumping tea directly into your bath and soaking in it! I used English Breakfast from Copper City Tea! 

Pros-

  • After the initial sting, it did actually feel better
  • Smells good
  • Excuse to get nasty tea bags out of your house and buy good tea

Cons-

  • Who thinks sticking hot fluids on your sunburn will make it feel better?!
  • If you like tea it’s a shame to waste it
  • Getting tea out of bathtub is not easy

Sunburn Prevention

If you skipped directly to this part of the blog, then good for you for being preventative! If you read the sunburn remedies before this point, at least you learned your lesson! Here are my top three ways to PREVENT sunburns!

#1. Sunscreen

Yes, again, obvious! Lotion sunscreens are generally best, but spray can be good too if you apply it properly. I love this info-graphic from Coolibar! They also have the best of the best sunscreens you can buy on the site!

 

#2. UV Clothing

I have this amazing product for you guys! It’s called Coolibar! I seriously can’t get enough of this clothing. I first bought a jacket from here for going to Australia, now half of my summer wardrobe is from here! They always have awesome sales going on, use a special fabric that protects skin from UV exposure, and their clothes are really cute. I own THREE of THESE jackets! They’re a bit expensive, but last a LONG time and I love mine!

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#3. Stay in the Shade

Even though you can still be exposed to UV in the shade, it’s an important part of being outside for long amounts of time! I love these two shade tents: Coleman & SEMOO! Large umbrellas work great too!

 

Now that you’re informed of sunburn prevention and remedies, go run outside and have fun!

What are your favorite sunburn remedies? What are your favorite summer activities? Let me know in the comments below!!

 

 

 

*This post is not sponsored. Products mentioned are based on my own opinions and experiences, but the product links do lead to affiliate sources which I am paid for.*

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