Baking soda can help soothe the pain of a sunburn
- 07 June 2021 21:06:38
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There's nothing like soaking up the sun on a warm summer day, but it's very easy to get a little too much sun. How quickly you burn can vary from person to person; the American Skin Association warns that someone with lightly pigmented skin can get a sunburn in as little as 10 minutes. Even if you wear sunscreen (as you should — even indoors), people often forget to reapply it throughout the day, which means they can still get a sunburn.
If, despite your best efforts, you end up getting a sunburn, you're probably going to be in for a rough couple of days. Sunburns can hurt not just after the initial burn, but can also lead to your skin drying out and even peeling (via Healthline). Ouch.
You may have heard of some of the home remedies commonly used to treat sunburns, such as tomatoes, potatoes, and even apple cider vinegar. You might have also heard that baking soda can be used on a sunburn, but does it actually work?
Surprisingly, baking soda can be used for more than keeping your fridge smelling fresh. Per Good Housekeeping, this kitchen staple can help ease the pain of a sunburn. Don't apply the dry powder directly to your skin, though. Instead, you should dissolve a few spoonfuls in water, let some cotton balls soak up the mixture, and then use the cotton balls to apply the solution to your sunburn. This should help you feel better by balancing out your skin's pH levels.
UFHealth recommends soaking your entire body in a baking soda bath. Just add a few tablespoons to a cool tub of water and hop in. Baking soda can also help relieve the itchy skin that so often accompanies a sunburn by acting as an exfoliant.
Baking soda may help with a sunburn, but remember that the best thing to do is avoid getting a sunburn in the first place, so slather on that sunscreen!
Put Yogurt On Your Sunburn And Watch What Happens
While fun in the sun is all well and good, in this case, too much of a good thing can be disastrous. Once you become aware you've overdone the sun, the first thing you'll feel is pain. This may quickly be followed by embarrassment — oh great, now you'll have to spend the next few days looking like a boiled lobster, and if that wasn't bad enough, the next stage will be super-gross skin peeling.
A sunburn can't really be cured, so it must be endured, but there are certain tips and tricks that will help to ease your pain and soothe your skin. One of these tips you're going to want to try, next time you're feeling the burn, involves applying yogurt to your skin.