If your skin is red and painful because you spent too much time in the sun, you’ll be glad to know there are some easy home remedies you can use to make yourself feel better. They won’t cure your sunburn (unfortunately, only time will do that), but they should ease the pain and stinging, and make it easier for you to live with the redness while your skin heals. Always see a doctor if your sunburn is accompanied by fever, chills or blisters.
These could be signs of sun poisoning, a serious condition you should never try to treat at home. Vinegar is acidic and sour, and so you probably wouldn’t think of it as something you’d want to put on sunburned skin. But surprisingly, it can help quite a bit and most people already have some sort of vinegar in the house. Apple cider vinegar and white vinegar work equally well for this.
If you have a spray bottle handy, fill it with vinegar and spray your sunburned skin every few hours (or whenever the sunburned feeling returns). The acetic acid in vinegar soothes and moisturizes sunburned skin – just what you need to feel better now, and minimize unsightly peeling later.
Don’t spray your face (the vinegar will hurt your eyes). Instead, apply the vinegar to your face with a cotton ball, a washcloth or a strong paper towel. You can use these to apply vinegar to the rest of your skin, as well, i f you can’t find a spray bottle.