5 DIY Sunburn Remedies For When Your Skin Feels Like It's On Fire


So you went out on the boat with some friends but didn't realize that while you were all playing beer pong and having a good ol' time, your skin was getting scorched by the summer sun. Womp.

Now you're stuck with a pretty bad sunburn and looking for something to cool the burn and also help with peeling. No worries! These five easy-to-make remedies will have you feeling better in no time.

1. Aloe Vera Ice Cubes

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By far the best way to cool down the sting of a sunburn! All you need is either natural aloe vera or aloe vera gel that you purchase in store.

If you're using the plant, simply slice the aloe leaf and spoon out the gel into an ice cube tray. If you're using a gel bought from a local drugstore, just pour the liquid into the ice cube tray. After the tray is full, simply put it in the freezer and wait until they are solid. Then you can break apart the ice cubes out of the tray and either use on directly on the burn or put several in a towel and then press onto the area for instant relief.

2. Natural Sunburn Cream

To make this, all you will need is some coconut oil, aloe vera gel, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil. Mix equal parts coconut oil and aloe vera gel, then add a few drops of lavender oil and a couple of peppermint oil. Lavender oil helps soothe burns and calms the skin, while peppermint oil is a painkiller and can cool your skin. To learn more about making this, visit Happiness Is Homemade.

3. After Sun Relief Gel


Take your aloe vera gel to the next level with healing essential oils. If you are not a fan of the greasy feeling lotion can sometimes leave you with, you might want to opt for a gel. To make this, just combine pure aloe vera gel (straight from the plant!) and put a few drops of both lavender and peppermint essential oils in there. To make it even better, store the gel in a small jar and then put it in the fridge to make it cold. When you put it on, it will be incredibly soothing!

4. Soothing Spray

If you don't want a gel or lotion, you can try making a soothing spray, which not only hydrates your skin but also won't leave a sticky feeling on afterward. All you need is an empty spray bottle (you can find this at your local dollar store) that you fill with witch hazel. Then add 1-2 drops of lavender and peppermint oil. If you want to tone down the witch hazel, you can dilute the mixture with some water.

5. Aloe Vera Body Butter

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This is the holy grail of body creams for sunburns. To make this, you'll need avocado oil, coconut oil, beeswax, aloe vera gel, witch hazel, and peppermint essential oil. This is a super-hydrating body butter to make and will have your skin feeling plump and soft in no time. It will also get rid of that awful stinging feeling you get after spending too much time in the sun! For the step-by-step on how to make it, check out Pins and Procrastination.

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