Sunburns, How to Prevent Them and Treatment if you get One

sunburn preventionEven when we try to make it through an entire Summer without getting a sunburn it still happens.  Whether it’s you or someone in your family it’s almost a guarantee you will be hearing the “Oh that hurts.”  The obvious answer in hearing and dealing with the pain of a sunburn is to prevent one in the first place.  I’m going to call this natural prevention and natural treatments of sunburns.  Let’s start with the prevention list.

swimming suitsHow to Prevent a Sunburn

  • Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants.

This is the easiest and most natural form of preventing a sunburn.  Dressing in long sleeve items that are made from a light cotton or other breathable material allows you to be protected from the sun and eliminates the need for sunscreen.  You can also buy longer swim attire for you or your children when you are at the lake or pool.

  •  Hats

Male or female, adult or child.  There are so many styles of hats you can choose from that prevent sunburns and look amazing no matter what face structure you have.  Keeping the sun off of your face is key.  With wider brim hats you can protect your ears and neck also.  Doing that in the long run will help your skin keep its youthful glow and limit age spots.

  • Ensure you are not working outside when the sun is at its strongest.

The peak sun intensity hours, when UV light is strongest, are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. standard time or 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.. I realize people have jobs where they can’t pick and choose when they can be outside.  This time frame however can help you if you work at home, kids playing outside and or when you do have an option.

  • Sunscreen

Sunscreen is not the safest solution if you are buying it from a store.  The ingredients are harmful and awful (Don’t get me started on that).  However lucky for you I have a tutorial on How to make Homemade Sunscreen .  The ingredients are safe and you don’t have to worry about what you’re putting on you and your family.

So these are things you can do to naturally prevent getting a sunburn.  As we discussed above its wise to have a treatment plan to go along with the prevention plan.   Just in case you run into a day or moment when you are not prepared having a plan B is a wise decision.

apple cider vinegarTreatment after a Sunburn

To start, cool the skin by holding the burned area under cool or tepid water.  Never use ice directly on the skin, as it’s fragile and you could shock it.  This is good advice no matter which treatment plan you are using.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Keep a bottle of apple cider vinegar cool in your fridge.  When you have a sunburn pat it on your burn using a cotton pad or something very soft. Do not rub it on!  Pat or dab on burn every 20 to 30 minutes.  This will take the pain away and if you don’t wash it off it will also help prevent blistering and peeling.

  • Aloe Vera

This is probably the most common known method and treatment of a burn.  Straight from the plant is always the best option.  You slice a stem in half and rubbed in on.  You might get little chunks and feel a little sticky but it’s great because you have the medicine in your home 24-7.  The gel form you can also use.  It’s cool and soothing and a little less mess.  Just make sure it’s 100% natural.  Multiple applications are recommended.

  • Lavender

Lavender is an essential oil which prevents the tissue from burning further.   When rubbed on your skin lavender desensitizes your nerves, relieving the pain, healing and prevents scarring.  You can also apply a cool or tepid compress with 8 to 10 drops of lavender on it.

  • Vitamin E

sunburnVitamin E is an important antioxidant for repairing tissue and healing burns.  Use twice daily until burn is healed.

  •  Remedy

This remedy is a mixture of the individual ingredients listed above and has been used for years.

  • 2 capsules of vitamin E
  • 1/2 cup of aloe era gel
  • 1 tsp. of cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. of lavender oil

Cut the capsules and squeeze out the vitamin E oil in a bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients in the bowl and stir until mixed.  Apply to burned skin as often as needed.

sunburn protectionAs promised you now know the natural way to prevent and treat sunburns.  If you have any question please leave me a comment below and I will be happy to answer you back in-between mixing my next tonic or remedy:).  If you found this article to be helpful please share with your friends.  Sunburns are something everyone deals with and would love to know natural ways of taking care of them.

Take care for now and stay safe in the Sun.

Heather Earles


  1. Amy Peterson said:

    That is the perfect thing I needed to read today! We are “enjoying” 110 degree heat here and are not out in the sun for long…just long enough to get out swimercising in!!! I am going to try the apple cider vinegar as a cooling method! We are headed back to Lake Okoboji where my nephews sp end hours in the sun and water and my sister in law will LOVE your advice! I love getting your pearls of wisdom !!! Thanks!

    June 29, 2017
    • Amy, You will not be disappointed! We just spent all day at the lake yesterday and although I applied sunscreen to the my kids, my oldest daughter still had a little burn. I applied the tonic or remedy I gave at the bottom of the post and she said it felt so much better. It leaves your skin so soft afterwards and you also smell of lavender. Thanks for reading and passing along the pearls of wisdom;). Have fun at the lake! -Heather

      July 5, 2017

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