Sunburn Remedies: Treating Sunburns with Aloe Vera, Vinegar and Potatoes

At-home sunburn remedies may be something for you to try out if you love the beach but hate the effects of being scorched by the sun. No one likes being miserable and having to deal with the pain, fatigue and discomfort of having burned skin, so next time you find yourself looking like a lobster try a few of these simple fixes to get you and your skin feeling better in no time at all.

Easy Sunburn Remedies


If you are tired of dealing with the OUCH! That comes with getting fried, a few simple sunburn remedies are employable to help you keep your cool. Below you will find just a few of our favorite fixes to help you get more comfy while your skin heals back up. 

Aloe Vera

It is common knowledge that Aloe is a huge help to scorched skin. Whether you buy pre-made aloe gel in the bottle at your local drug store or harvest a few pieces from a plant you have at home, the gooey green ooze from this plant is full of soothing nutrients that help rehydrate and heal your skin. It also provides a nice soothing cool sensation when applied to skin – so use as liberally as you like. 

If you are dealing with severe sunburn – you may need to apply the aloe more often depending on your level of discomfort. Unfortunately, aloe gel can get messy and you will be running back and forth to wash your hands a lot. If this is an issue – try purchasing a small spray bottle – like one you’d use to spritz hair for styling. 

Fill the bottle a third of the way with water and then squeeze a good amount of aloe gel into the bottle before shaking. The result of this sunburn remedy should be a slightly diluted aloe gel that you can spray on simply and as often as you like rather than having to use your hands. 


While it may be a bit of a stinky solution – numerous sources reveal that using vinegar to relieve the pain associated with sunburns can be extremely helpful. You have several choices as to how to use the vinegar – all of which will aid in relief. Firstly, you have the option of running a cool or luke warm bath and adding several cups of apple cider vinegar to it. Avoid using soap if you can help it and don’t scrub, as this will further damage your hurting skin. Stay in the tub no longer than 20-30 minutes as over soaking can dry you out even more. 

If you’re using vinegar for sunburn remedies, you can also soak a washcloth in a bowl of apple cider vinegar and apply it to the burned areas of your skin. If you’re looking for an extra bit of relief – try chilling the vinegar in the freezer for five to ten minutes. Alternately, you can try putting the vinegar in a spray bottle and spritzing your skin periodically when you need relief.


While it seems a bit strange – potatoes are an excellent tool for relieving itchy, burned skin. All you need to do is chop two large potatoes into smallish chunks and place them into a blender or food processor until they become a creamy paste. Apply this paste directly to your burned skin until the potatoes dry out and rinse off in a cool shower. 

*Tip: if your potatoes look a little dry once you’ve creamed them – try adding just a bit of milk or even yogurt to add extra hydrating nutrients. 

Everyone likes to enjoy a long day at the beach but no one wants to be a victim of an angry sun. It is important that you protect yourself from skin cancer and damage by wearing protective clothing and proper sunscreen as much as possible during sun exposure. Even with the best preparedness however, burns will sometimes happen – so be prepared with a few easy sunburn remedies to help reduce your pain and discomfort.

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