Weird & Thrifty Sunburn Remedies from Around the Internet


Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope everyone (no matter what country you’re from) takes a moment today to think of the soldiers who have died fighting for your rights and freedoms.

This is just a quick, fun post for today, since I hope most people are out and about enjoying their 3-day weekend (plus I have a ton of things to do today). The weekly vegetable gardening post will be posted tomorrow. The video is already up on our youtube channel if you can’t wait.

To celebrate the warm weather and the official beginning of Beach season, we had a beach day yesterday. Since we live so close to the beach, we walk down there a lot, no matter the season, but this was the first weekend we could swim. We stripped down to our swimwear and thanks to my fair skinned ancestors (and despite my fastidious sunscreen applications), I got a little burned.

It wasn’t that bad: my cheeks and forehead were a little pink last night. My neck (in this certain spot where I always seemed to get burned) was quite red, and my shoulders and upper back were a little pink and red. I turned to my two tried and true home remedies.

This is one I learned from my dad: for slight burns on my face, I either wash with or rub in with Noxema Original Face Wash (the kind in the blue tub). The other one, is the typical one, using aloe.

Just for my own info (and because I’ve recently found out that some people believe increasing the intake of Omegas and other good fatty acids helps prevent and heal sunburns and I want to learn more), I searched for some sunburn remedies and treatments. This time around I found some really bizarre suggestions I’ve never heard before.

Now, I’ve never tried any of these. I am not a doctor and cannot give medical advise. I cannot speak for their effectiveness. If anyone has used these techniques, I’d love to hear about it. These are often things you may already have around the house, so it could save you from running out and buying some aloe to treat your burns. Some of these seem a little weird.

  • Dr. Pepper
  • Windex
  • Colgate Toothpaste
  • Tide Laundry Detergent (take a bath for blisters)
  • Mustard
  • Potato Slices
  • Yellow Peach Juice
  • Saving Cream
  • Raw Honey
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Corn Starch
  • Vinegar
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Baking Powder Paste
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Vagisil
  • Preperation H
  • Neosporin (immediately after sun exposure)
  • Noxema
  • Cold Tea Bags
  • Oatmeal
  • Aloe Vera
  • Vitamin E (oil or pills)


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