Safe in the sun: Natural sunburn remedies straight from your fridge

Overdone it in the sun? Take the sting out of it the cheap way by slathering on these nice and natural remedies.

Blistered, sunburnt skin should be taken straight to the docs and of course, you should be swotting up on your suncare before being exposed to the sun in the first.

But if you’ve overdone it a touch and find your skin tinged with red, just open your fridge for some of the best sunburn remedies around.

Nature’s finest ingredients offer some of the best ways to ease the pain of sunburn and chances are you’ve got some lurking in your kitchen already. And with this hot weather, you might want to stock up...

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Cold milk

The fat, protein and PH of milk have a relieving inflammatory effect on the skin. Soak a cloth in a bowl of cold milk (the chilly temperature reduces swelling) and hold it on the red area.



The natural starches in potatoes attract and draw out the heat of your skin; slice a few up, lay them on the affected area and let them do their work.


Yoghurt is the best cure for cooling down your mouth and tongue after eating a spicy dish, and the same goes for your skin. Naturally cooling and moisturising, leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse off.



Whether it’s an Iceberg or a Romaine, lettuce is packed with natural pain-killing properties that can help wipe away the pain suffered from sunburn.

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If in doubt, heal your burn from the inside. Drinking lots of water will help your skin heal, replacing lost moisture and stopping it from getting any worse.

Remember, always apply SPF before being exposed to the sun and visit your GP if you have serious sunburn.

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