Coastal DIY: Sunburn Relief at Home

My PostA relaxing beach vacation is what everyone wants for a Spring or Summer getaway! Once you arrive on the beautiful sugar-white sand beaches and listen to rolling waves, the last thing you want to do is leave, right? Well, let’s hope you’ve been reapplying that sunscreen! If that sunburn snuck up on you, here are our favorite sunburn relief methods you can use while on vacation!

27387800057_c6dd13ccbd_oOnce you leave the beach and feel that tingle, go ahead and take a lukewarm shower or bath. This helps to stop the skin damage in its tracks. Personally, I prefer the relief that comes from a cooling shower but if you’re taking a bath, there are a few things you can add to your water that can further! (Feel free to add a cup of any of the following things mentioned!) Witch hazel is great with skin healing along with cucumber juice, milk, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and oatmeal. If you have the time, add steeped tea as well. Soak in this relaxing bath for 15 minutes or longer before you get out.

After your bath, you’ll want to moisturize repeatedly! Here are a few DIY methods for cooling and moisturizing:

My Post-2Aloe Spray

Mix together cucumber juice, Aloe Vera and coconut milk in equal parts. This is a great, cooling way to moisturize without having to rub anything on your damaged skin!

My Post-3Aloe Cubes

This is just as easy as it sounds! Take aloe vera gel, put into an ice tray and freeze. Extra cooling relief with the healing power of aloe!

Aloe Lotion

This is the ultimate in healing moisture! Take ½ cup of coconut oil, ½ cup of aloe vera gel and 2 tbsp of witch hazel. From here, you can either mix together as is OR you can add essential oils. (We hear that lavender, marjoram, and peppermint would be great and smell amazing!) Once everything is blended, you can put everything in a sealable jar and store in the cabinet or the refrigerator. (Anything to help with cooling, am I right?)

These are our local beach bums tried and true home remedies! As locals, we love to pass on these great tips to visitors but remember, we aren’t doctors! If you question how severe your sunburn is, you’ll want to visit a local doctor! Remember, the best way to avoid this while visiting is to reapply every 2 hours or after being in the water. Have fun on the beach and stay safe!