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5 Things For Sunburns

It happens to the best of us: You spend a day in the sun, forget to re-apply your sunscreen after a dip in the water and wind up with a burn. Here are 5 things to help you treat and soothe that sunburn.

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You can cool a bad sunburn by dabbing the area with a cotton ball or soft cloth saturated with white or cider vinegar. This will be especially helpful if it’s applied before the burn starts to sting.


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To treat dry, sunburned skin, slather mayonnaise liberally over the affected area. The mayo will relieve the pain and moisturize the skin.


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Tea Bags

Wet a few tea bags and apply to the damaged skin to take out the sting. If the sunburn is all over your body, run a bath and put some teabags in the bathwater to soak your whole body in the tub.

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For quick, temporary relief of a mild sunburn, apply cold, plain yogurt. The yogurt adds much needed moisture and the coolness will also soothe your skin. 


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Baking Soda

For quick relief, soak gauze pads or large cotton balls in a solution of 4 tablespoons of  baking soda mixed in 1 cup of water and apply it to the affected areas. If the sunburn is on your torso or legs, take a lukewarm bath with a half to full box of baking soda and add it to the running water.