Heal a Sunburn Fast With Apple Cider Vinegar & Coconut Oil

Pool Photo

I actually don’t think I was sunburned in this photo, but since I am sitting outside, I probably was 5 minutes later.

I have been a redhead on planet Earth for 26.5 years and still can’t go a single summer without roasting my skin to borderline poisonous proportions. I blame my whiter than white tractor-loving Dad and his “you do realize China OWNS us” and “subprime mortgages ruined America” values. I’ve learned that the trick to wearing sunscreen is to apply it every 4 minutes, but that still doesn’t stop me from burning to a crisp every summer. It wasn’t until last summer that I discovered the best way ever to get rid of a sunburn fast. Like, really fast. I’m talking “OH SHIT I AM A LOBSTER AND GETTING MARRIED TOMORROW HOW CAN I FIX THIS ASAP” fast.

If you’re fair-skinned like me and it’s inevitable that you will fry your skin all the way to next Friday at least once in the coming months, try these two easy and natural remedies.

1. Apple cider vinegar bath.
OK I know, this sounds weird and stinky and like the last thing you’d want on freshly burned skin. However, I was really desperate last summer after getting charred at an outdoor event and would have eaten regurgitated cat food if it meant my sunburn would go away. Fortunately I didn’t have to do that.

Instead, fill your tub with lukewarm, coolish water (warm enough for comfort, cool enough that it won’t burn your skin) and add a cup or two of apple cider vinegar. Soak in this for 10-20 minutes to help calm swelling and take the edge off the pain. Gently pat your skin dry with a towel. The sooner you do this after getting burned, the quicker you will feel relief and start to heal. If you don’t want to soak in the bath, you can also spray a 50/50 solution of ACV and cool water on your burn, or soak a cloth in the solution and gently wipe yourself down.

2. Coconut oil. I’ve always used aloe on sunburned skin, which feels great but doesn’t really moisturize or prevent peeling. After last year’s apple cider vinegar bath, I rubbed a 50/50 solution of aloe and coconut oil all over my burned skin and noticed the redness going away in a couple hours. The next day it was almost completely gone and for the first time ever, there was NO peeling phase at all. I even had a slight “tan” left behind, which is shocking for someone whose legs are practically a mirror. Coconut oil works just as well on its own, I just like mixing it with aloe for the cooling sensation.

Of all the things I’ve used to get rid of a sunburn, these two remedies are definitely the fastest and most effective. Replenish from the inside with lots of water and electrolytes and you’ll be the fairest bitch in town again in no time.

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10 Responses to Heal a Sunburn Fast With Apple Cider Vinegar & Coconut Oil

  1. Sarai says:

    Coconut oil is seriously a magical substance. I’ve been using it as a moisturizer and a hair treatment for about a week and I’ve already noticed a HUGE difference.

    • Mandy says:

      It really is – I love using it when I’m overdue for a haircut and need to tame my split ends. Works wonders!

  2. Mich says:

    ooooooo this is so good to know!! i will definitely try it this summer on my (inevitable) sunburns!

  3. this is super valuable info for a freckly fair skinned lady like me! i will definitely be trying these (since they don’t make a sunscreen that can handle me!)

  4. nikkiana says:

    That’s really interesting about the coconut oil! Wish I’d know this about a week ago when the boyfriend came home with a nasty sunburn.

  5. Kathy says:

    Perfect timing! I went to Universal Studios yesterday and forgot the sunblock (June Gloom mornings make one forget the sun) and got a bit burnt on my neck and shoulders! Thanks for the tip!

    • Mandy says:

      That’s exactly what happens to me too, if the sun’s not shining right in my face I pretty much forget it’s there to torture me.

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