If you spent a little too much time outdoors and find yourself a new shade of red, you might find comfort in some of these easy home remedies for sunburns! Sometimes that summer sun can be so harsh that even with sunscreen you get a little overcooked outside.

Get ready for summer with these home remedies for sunburns.

10 Easy Home Remedies for Sunburns

UV Exposure is harsh on our skin, leading to aging quicker, possible skin cancer, and more. So protecting your skin with sunscreen is highly recommended. The painful itch, burning sensations, and swelling from sunburns are no fun, so try to prevent it the best you can with sunscreen!

Sunscreen Rules

When you go to apply sunscreen, do it 30 minutes before you leave! Make sure to cover all areas of your skin including hands, ears, neck, and so on. Make sure to reapply as directed on the bottle, and shoot for SPF 30 or higher. The sun is the strongest between 10 am to 3 pm, so make sure to take extra precautions during that time frame.

Apple Cider Bath

If you can handle the smell of apple cider vinegar, then start running a bath. Pour in 1/2 cup to 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and soak in the tub with some cool water.

Lavender and Chamomile Bath

Grab your essential oils and put a few drops of lavender and chamomile into a cool bath and soak! It will not only be soothing to the skin but oh so relaxing at the same time.

Home Remedies for Sunburns - Essential Oil Blend

Baking Soda Bath

Grab your baking soda, put in two cups of baking soda, and some cool water and soak! This is another great bath soak!

Witch Hazel

Get a soft cloth and apply some witch hazel to it. Then use it to pat onto your skin. This acts as an anti-inflammatory relief!
Olive Oil: Use a little olive oil on the troubled areas, this has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Let sit for 30 minutes.


When you get a sunburn it can really dehydrate you. Make sure to drink a lot of fluids like water or even a sports drink. By staying hydrated it will help heal your skin.

Aloe Vera

I am sure most of you have used aloe vera on a sunburn, it works really well. Just apply it and let it soak into the skin! You can break off a leaf from a plant or buy a bottle in the store!

Home Remedies for Sunburns - Aloe

Cool Milk

Apply cool, not cold milk to a cloth and pat onto skin. This will create a protein layer on the skin and help it heal and protect.


Mix cornstarch and water into a paste and apply to your skin. This will really help reduce the heat and pain you might be experiencing!

Home Remedies for Sunburns - Corn Starch Paste

Black Tea

Apply fresh brewed black tea (once it’s cooled) to your skin with a cloth. The tannic acid in the tea can help draw out the heat from the sunburn!

Do you have any home remedies for sunburns? We’d love to add them to our list, so leave a comment below. We’ve also got a great list of home remedies for heartburn!

10 Home Remedies for Sunburn Relief - Perfect for Summer

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  1. I will need to keep these homemade remedies for sunburns in mind this summer. We have a family trip to Florida planned, so I know they will come in handy.

  2. I never would have thought to use cornstarch for sunburn! Aloe is my usual go-to–but I prefer to keep a couple of aloe plants around the house, instead of the tubes of aloe. And not just in the summer! Keep an aloe plant in your kitchen in case you burn yourself while cooking!

  3. I would have never thought to use cornstarch on a sunburn! I’ll have to try this if my son gets sunburned again, he hates the gooey feeling of aloe!

  4. Sunburns are the worst! I had no clue I had so many options other than aloe. Thank you for this helpful list of home remedies for sunburn!

  5. I’m really happy I found this! I usually have to look for homemade remedies for sunburn because of an allergy I have to a common ingredient in regular sunscreen. Thank you for putting this out there, it will be a huge help in the summer.