Kids love being outside, and with warm weather quickly approaching it goes without saying you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors. While moms everywhere love a healthy dose of fresh air, we definitely don’t like the sunburns that can come easily with so much exposure to the sun. Even though we do all we can to avoid them, chances are your kids will get at least one sunburn in their life. When that happens, here are 10 ways to help relieve that nasty burn.
1. Tea Soak
Tea has many healing qualities for inside and outside the body. You can prepare a cup of tea and let it cool, before dipping a washcloth in and laying on your sunburned skin. Let it rest for 20 minutes before refreshing, if the burn is bad. If you have a full body scorcher, then dump a few bags of tea in the bathtub and let the tea seep into the water before taking a “tea bath.” Black or green tea both work well for this method.
2. Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, which is great for sunburn (aka a nasty inflammation of the skin!). Apply a decent amount of witch hazel to a washcloth and then apply to sunburned skin. Let it sit until you start to feel relief from the burn. Not only will your skin feel better, but you will also be less likely to peel!
3. Baking Soda
Add 1 cup of baking soda to a luke warm bath before immersing your body for sunburn relief. Baking soda is helpful to sunburns because of its alkaline properties, which become more balanced when applying it to affected skin. You can also use 2 tablespoons of baking soda and mix with a small amount of water to make a paste. Then apply to affected areas for cooling relief.