4 sunburn relief remedies you may not know about

They say hindsight is 20/20, and when it comes to sunburns this is very true as they are easily preventable.  Maybe you just forgot to apply sunscreen to one of the commonly missed areas like your temples, tops of your feet or behind the ears, or forgot to reapply after swimming.

As your skin becomes irritated, it will begin to swell, and this stretching of the skin is what causes sunburns to be painful. For minor burns, Tylenol or ibuprofen can ease the pain, and aloe-based gels and creams have been well-known remedies.

But here are four more not-so-well-known sunburn relief remedies for you to try next time.

Baking soda -- Mix 1 cup of water to 4 tbsp of baking soda and mix. Use gauze or cotton balls to gently blot the mixture onto your affected areas every two to four hours, which will take a little bit of the bite out of your burn. This also works with poison ivy.

Green tea -- Brew a pot of green tea and let it cool down. When the tea is room temperature, wet a clean rag in the brew and compress on your skin to reduce inflammation. 

Oatmeal -- Long a skin rash remedy, oatmeal can also be used to soften the burn of sun-damaged skin. Blend 10 cups of dry oatmeal until it is a fine powder and mix with purified water until a paste is formed. Mix the paste in a tepid bath and soak.

Milk -- Dairy is full of vitamins and minerals that your body needs, but when it comes to treating a sunburn, it can be used to help ease the pain. Gently apply room-temperature milk to your skin with gauze. Don’t forget to rinse your skin with water to avoid a sour smell from following you around all day.

The best sunburn remedy is prevention. Be sure you always use sunscreen when you’ll be in the sun. For information on how sunscreen works and more, check out Angie’s List’s Fun in the Sun infographic.

Be sure to talk to a dermatologist if you have more questions about skin damage or protection from the sun. Search Angie's List to find a  Houston dermatologist who has been highly recommended by other Angie's List members.

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Apply freshly brewed black tea to a scorching sunburn to draw the heat away from your skin. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
Apply freshly brewed black tea to a scorching sunburn to draw the heat away from your skin. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

How to stop the itching and burning: read on for home remedies for sunburn relief using household items like milk, baking soda and black tea

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