Friday, June 19, 2009

Crispy Critter

You know your sunburn is bad when you are sitting in the dark, and someone who hasn't seen you for days notices you and says, "Girl, you are fried!"


This evening I have been on a quest to discover sunburn remedies. Contrary to popular belief, potatoes are good for more than just potato chips. Shred one of those babies up, and bingo! Sunburn cure! Who'd a thought? (Although, Lay chips have enough oil on them, you could probably just save yourself some trouble, smash a few into a paste, and apply it to your sunburn. Or, maybe if you eat enough of them, the oil will leak through your skin from the inside.)

But, I have to admit, I am not much of a potato peeler unless I intend to eat it afterwards.

So, for all of you out there who have desecrated your skin by carelessly leaving it out in the sun, here are some simple remedies that are laying around your kitchen!

Shredded/sliced cucumber

Shredded potatoes

Aloe Vera leaves (I almost killed my plant, so I adopted it out...)

1/4 cup lemon juice mixed with two cups water

20-25 drops lavender oil mixed with one cup water

Olive oil

Apple cider vinegar

Crushed aspirin (or you can take the aspirin, but it must be taken within 24 hours for best results)

Turmeric and lime juice

Vitamin E

And, the best remedy of all: Not getting burned in the first place.

I am for the vinegar solution, personally. Vinegar restores the pH in your skin. Just remember if you use anything that leaves your skin feeling tight or dry, oil it up! You don't want any peelies.


Tara said...

I know this sounds insane, but if you juice an onion up, the juice will help relieve the pain and you will actually HEAL a lot faster. No one will want to be around you and the smell will rub off on anything and everything (trust me, I'm speaking from experience) but it works!
Sorry about the sunburn :( I hope you feel better soon

Katscratchme said...

Why are so many of these remedies stinky?
I'm all for the not burning in the first place... since I burn and go back to white, I get absolutely nothing positive from the deal. Though, these days (supposedly) it's more attractive to be pale skinned than tan... I'm not so sure I believe that.

shydandelion said...

I read about the onion thing, and decided against it...The vinegar was bad enough! Jeremy and I kept trying to not pass out as we sprayed eachother. Blah...

Tiffany said...

Good to know! Hope you were doing something fun when you got sunburned at least!

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