Soothe skin with an oatmeal facemask
Oats have been used as a soothing skin treatment for centuries. For relief from a sunburn, try soaking in an oatmeal bath. Add at least one cup of finely ground oats to the water and use your hand to swirl the water and evenly distribute the oatmeal. Then soak for 15 to 20 minutes. “Oatmeal helps moisturize the skin and ease inflammation,” says Ranella Hirsch, MD, a dermatologist in Boston, MA. You can also try a DIY mask for a sunburned face: Combine 1/2 cup hot water and 1/3 cup oatmeal. Allow them to settle for two to three minutes. Mix in two tablespoons plain yogurt, two tablespoons honey, and one egg white. Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Gently wipe the mask away with a soft washcloth. The cloth will exfoliate your skin and remove any flakes that have already begun to peel off. Find 13 more homemade facial mask recipes.
Moisturize with aloe
Aloe can sooth a sunburn, according to the Mayo Clinic. Apply a generous amount to your sunburn and layer a gentle moisturizer (with SPF!) on top of it. The combination will offer relief and moisturize your skin without leaving a greasy residue. Avoid petroleum-based moisturizers (such as Vaseline) and body butters. Both can intensify burns by sealing heat into your skin. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) also recommends avoiding “-caine” products (such as benzocaine) when treating a sunburn because they can irritate skin or cause an allergic reaction. Try these tricks to banish dry skin.