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Sunburn Remedy

6 years ago by

Sunburn Remedy

First off, try to just avoid getting burned.

But, if you happen to end up leaving the beach / pool / lake with a distinctive red tinge all over, you might want to try a good, ol’ fashioned remedy: unfiltered apple cider vinegar and unrefined coconut oil.

Ariane, who’s been interning at the Studio, swears by it. Here’s what she does:

First, using a very gentle soap-free cleanser and cool water, remove any sunblock that may have been left on your skin from the day.

Next, wet a soft, clean washcloth with cool water. Drizzle a spoonful of apple cider vinegar onto the  washcloth and gently dab the washcloth all over your sunburn. You should feel the burning sensation begin to subside. Apple cider vinegar is one of the quickest and most effective remedies – it’s an astringent so it reduces the inflammation caused by sunburn!

Once your skin has dried, gather a generous helping of coconut oil in your palms and rub them together until it liquifies. Apply this to your burn and you’re done!

It worked for Ariane, so we wanted to share. But we also want to know if you have any homemade sunburn remedies? Of course, a good dab of fresh aloe vera straight from the plant is just about the best thing to treat sunburn…


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  • My Ukrainian grandmother’s recipe: put full fat sour cream on your sunburn. Cheap, calms the skin down and prevents peeling. Works like a charm!

  • Institute Estederm’s After Sun is the best in the class !

  • Eeep! While coconut oil may be helpful for after a sunburn has already started to heal, it is not recommended to put any kind of oil or lotion onto a sunburn as it will create a barrier on the skin thus trapping the heat inside – not good! xx

  • Plain yogurt. Slather it on, let it dry and then rinse off with a cloth. You may have to put it on a few times. Burning sensation and pain goes away, and the next day you no longer look like a lobster. A little messy, but it works 100 times better then aloe.

  • Applying aloe vera directly gives me this burning sensation sometimes. I use coconut oil for hair more often since it’s quite heavy for my skin. But natural oils in general are so soothing for skin, especially argan oil (bought mine in Morocco and it’s such a valuable beauty product!)

  • I do the exact same thing for sunburn and it always works. I keep reapplying coconut oil religiously. Almost grossly. But keeping the skin moisturized helps so much!
    – Kaitlyn |

  • Tip from my mother: Cucumber. Cools and calms the skin and feels fresh.

  • Charikleia August, 12 2015, 5:48 / Reply

    I usually use yoghourt. Korres uses edible yoghourt in its after sun cream, which you put in the fridge for a few hours and then apply. It feels extremely soothing. (

    A big kiss from Greece!

  • Venezia30123 August, 12 2015, 6:56 / Reply

    It isn`t homemade but with a severe sunburn helps ALOE VERA GEL(99% or 98% in every pharmacy)and put it 2 to 3 times a day on the burnt skin till it isn`t red anymore.
    You can put also plain yoghurt or quark or everything with lactic acid on your skin.It helps ,but not the same than aloe vera.

  • Jennifer August, 12 2015, 7:56 / Reply

    Can you use the apple cider vinegar on your face or only body?

    Clinique after sun rescue balm or Decleor prolenge gel always helped me.

  • Le gel d’Aloe vera, c’est magique et si vous ajoutez un peu de macérat de Millepertuis et un peu d’huile d’argan, alors c’est encore plus magique!

  • Sour cream / kefir / natural yoghurt – they all do miracles!!
    Alternatively, I’m well stocked with BIAFINE :)

  • Redhead from Hawaii here! 100% shea butter always makes it heal quickly. And I do like that medicated aloe to help relieve pain.

  • You should never put oil on a sunburn!!!Butters and oils seal in the heat of sunburn so the skin cannot heal and sun damage increases. It’s really really bad to put oil on a sunburn!

  • I swear by buckthorn seeds oil – it’s great for sunburn, chafing, damaged nails, brittle hair – pretty much everything :)

  • In Romania we use yoghurt packaging, it’s a traditional way to treat sunburns. I usually use aloe vera straight from the plant, I drink tons of water/green tea and use baby oil to calm and hydrate my skin. Now, it depends on the sunburn… If it’s very serious, you should go to the pharmacy and get some sprays for fire burns…


  • Aimélie August, 18 2015, 6:29 / Reply

    We use Biafine at home.

  • Caitlin June, 17 2016, 4:57 / Reply

    I’ve always been told oils make sunburns worse as they heat up and keep the skin burning.. HOWEVER I got really badly burnt once and I used oodles of rosehip oil on it (Kora Organics has a body rosehip oil) and it worked wonders!!

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