From Ouch to Ahhhh – Great Ways to Treat Sunburn

stop sunburn I know that usually you are very good about sun protection but even the most sun savvy of use sometimes find ourselves looking like a lobster after a long day at the beach, it hurts and you need relief now! Well fear not I’m here with some great ways to ease the burn so you can finally put your arms down!  There are many ways you can get a sun burn, most commonly when the sun doesn’t remind us of it’s strength on cloudy days.

An overcast day at the beach can turn you into a red monster the kids will most likely run from if you’re not careful!  Painful blisters, peeling and restless nights attempting to sleep while levitating, ahh yes, we have all tried to sleep without our burned bodies touching the bed! Since we aren’t magicians, let’s focus on a real solution! Check out below for some great tips on how to treat sunburn!

How to Naturally Treat Your Sunburn

If you’re really suffering, try emerging yourself in an oat meal bath.  Yes I said oatmeal! Simply take one cup of oatmeal (plain) and grind it in your coffee grinder. Make sure that it’s the consistency of powder. Run a cool bath, hot is not necessary and from personal experiences, I don’t recommend it!  Pour the powdered oatmeal into the bath and swish around until milky.  Soak for at least 20 minutes and when you get out, try air drying or patting dry with something very soft.  A towel may be too rough and can cause pain. If necessary do this twice a day.

Cold Compress

If you can’t spend the day in the bathtub, you can also try soaking your shirt in cool water. Simply soak your shirt, ring it out and slip it on. The cool air from a fan makes this even more soothing! Make sure you drink lots of water because sun burns can actually dehydrate you and cause your skin to dry, furthering your pain.  Also as much as you want to pop any blisters, don’t! Blisters have healing properties that are actually helping the skin under the bump. Opening them is very painful and can cause infections and more irritation.


Because your skin loses so much moisture upon getting a sun burn, you’ll notice your skin is very dry.  Combine cold compresses and bath soaks and you may at this point, be looking like a prune. Aloe Vera is a great way to add some soothing action while moisturizing. If you don’t have any, try finding a moisturizer without alcohol.  For obvious reasons, alcohol can irritate the burn worsen the pain. As badly as your skin hurts, try to moisturize each time after bathing and when your skin starts feeling tight. That’s a sign your skin has soaked up the lotion and needs more.

Whether you look like a lobster, are as scary as a red monster or look like a sun soaked prune, there is relief.  If you can’t find relief in these natural remedies you can find items at the store designed to reduce inflammation and pain. If your sunburn is exceptionally bad consider making an appointment with your doctor.

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It’s important to keep your skin protected, wear clothing designed to block the sun, applying sunscreen at least every two hours and use items like a hat or sun shade to make sure this doesn’t happen to you again! There are great items on the market that can help you achieve sun protection now all you have to do is use them!  Don’t Fry-Day

What was your worst sunburn, how did you get relief?

About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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11 Responses to From Ouch to Ahhhh – Great Ways to Treat Sunburn

  1. kiihele says:

    When I was young (a long time ago) I got a very bad sunburn from just lying out in the sun for hours. We didn’t have SPF in those days so we put on oil which, of course, made us fry. I had to sleep on my stomach with a wire mesh cage over me so the covers on my bed wouldn’t touch my skin!

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  3. Nina says:

    I try to avoid becoming a lobster but it does happen. The last few times I’ve had a sun issue was heat rash not sunburn but that’s one her issue.
    I’ve always heard about oatmeal baths but never had the details. Thanks! Hope I don’t need it.
    My worst burn was decades ago in Mexico. I even burned the soles of my feet. I got a gauzy outfit and some soft flip flops and was miserable. Ah youth!

  4. I am so glad you posted this! Sunburns suck but, hell, life happens. As children, we took cool baths and used chilled vinegar on rags. I don’t know if it was the cold or the vinegar, but it was really soothing.

  5. Nicole says:

    Thanks for subscribing! I wish I had read this last week, but I will be sure to use the oatmeal bath in the future! Thanks for the information!

  6. I had a super bad burn recently and treated it with cooled off black tea! It worked wonders.. can be messy but as long as you’re careful not to stain the tub, its definitely worth a shot!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    From someone who spent their youth soaking up the sun, burning, tanning, burning again I can certainly say that any tan is a bad one, burning is even worse. Melanoma is no joke and frankly I have lost my ability to walk, sit or stand,for any length of time due to the cancerous monster that grew just beneath the surface, which was removed from my leg a year and a half ago. Having said that, I do understand that people forget to take care in the sun from time to time so I am glad you posted this. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  8. Hi! Thanks for following my blog, I swung by to have a look at your’s and whow I’ve never seen so much practical advice on one blog before… especially this. Not sure what the weather in LA is like atm but here in London it’s been burning hot the past week, which is really rare hence why almost everyone is unprepared!!! Everyone should come read this lol…

  9. I agree with the oatmeal bath idea. My daughter made a big mistake. She fell a sleep in the southern sun and was itching and suffering. The oatmeal bath helped a great deal! She is very careful now — hard lesson to learn.

  10. Worst I ever got was as an active 19yr old. Slathered on the supposedly waterproof SPF30 on a nice day at Bournemouth beach in the UK but running around with friends, wiping sand from unsuccessful beachy football tackles from my legs, a first time go on a jet ski and then a lot of swimming, when the sun went in it became apparent that the hot sun wasn’t the cause of the warmth of my skin. When I walked in the front door my mum’s words to my auntie on the phone were “Gotta go, a tomato just walked in”. My back hadn’t burnt at all but all down my front and particularly my legs were glowing. Bending my knees was agony and to this day I associate the frozen potato smiley faces I feed my kids with the bag my mum gently placed on my knees for relief. My children and husband now bear the brunt of my past mistake as on sunny days the hats and sunshades come out and sunscreen is refreshed on a half hourly basis. It’s a juggling act though as due to suffering seasonal affected disorder I know the importance of vitamin d and sunshine in maintaining health and happiness, so I can’t black out the suns rays completely! What’s a mum to do?!?! 🙂 xxxx

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