5 Abuela-Approved Sunburn Relief Hacks

Sunburn can easily sneak up on you even while using SPF. If you've fallen victim to the sun's harmful UV rays, you'll want quick relief. Try these fast-acting natural remedies (that would definitely get abuela's approval!) to help ease the pain:

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1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a staple in most Latino households, and for good reason. The “burn plant” is filled with nourishing vitamins and minerals, including glycoproteins, which according to studies, helps speed the process of healing and inflammation. After letting the burn breathe for a bit, cut open an aloe vera plant and remove the gel. Then gently apply the soothing gel on the skin using your fingertips.

2. Oatmeal

Oatmeal doesn't only serve as a yummy breakfast. For decades, women have incorported this superfood into their beauty routine to help calm itchy skin and redness. Oatmeal also has anti-inlfammatory benefits, making it ideal for quick sunburn relief. To use, pour ground oatmeal (not cooked) into a bath of cool water and soak.

3. Milk

Did you ever burn yourself as a kid and then mami would pour milk on your wound? While it may sound crazy, she was certainly on to something. The drink won't heal the burn entirely but the proteins within it help act as a protective barrier to calm heat and irritation.

4. Baking Soda

Looking for quick comfort? Dilute baking soda with water and gently apply on the skin with cotton balls, or soak in the mix. The multi-use powder can help calm itchiness and acts as a cooling medium. 

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

After a harsh sunburn, dilute apple cider vinegar with water, put it in a spray bottle, and gently spray on to your skin throughout the day. As a natural astringent, which tightens skin tissues, vinegar will help reduce inflammation. It will also help prevent infections since this product is known to kill bacteria.