13 Simple Ways to Heal Your Sunburn

Disclosure: We received a free sample of Theralight Bio Mist spray in order to facilitate this post. All opinions about the mentioned products are 100% our own and your opinion may differ from ours.

Do you enjoy spending those long summer days outside or at the pool? We feel it is important to get outside for fresh air and sunshine several times during the week. It is easy to spend time indoors hiding inside your air-conditioned office and at home in the evening. However, spending time outside during the summer time has amazing health benefits. Of course, when spending time outdoors you are at risk for sunburn and heat-related illnesses if you don’t take the necessary precautions to protect your body from these conditions.

Even if you are diligent about protecting your body from sunburn, it is bound to happen at some point this summer because you forgot to apply it or it wasn’t reapplied as directed. Don’t worry it happens to the best of us but when you have a sunburn it is important to take extra precautions to care for your sunburn.

Summer Skincare Basics: Protect Yourself from the Sun

Try these 13 simple ways to heal your sunburn naturally!


A sunburn causes your skin to become pink or red, inflamed, and warm to the touch. The inflammation causes your core body temperature to increase and you are likely to become dehydrated quickly.

Plus, after spending hours outside in the heat and sunshine, you are at risk for dehydration especially if you haven’t had ample amounts of water to replace the lost fluids from sweating.

Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin hydrated so that your damaged skin can heal quickly.

Are you struggling to drink enough water? Try eating munching on watermelon. Watermelon is made up of 90% water.

Wear Loose Clothing

Sunburns are sensitive to touch and wearing fitted clothing can cause further irritation or discomfort. Whenever we have had horrible sunburns, even loose fitting clothing can be uncomfortable. We realize that going naked isn’t always possible until your sunburn heals but you can sprinkle cornstarch on your skin before putting on loose-fitting clothing. The cornstarch helps put a protective layer between your skin and fabrics.

Take a Pain Reliever

As soon as we notice a sunburn, we head to the medicine cabinet and take a dose of Tylenol or Motrin. Pain relievers help reduce pain and inflammation. Follow the directions on the bottle until your sunburn symptoms subside.

Use Theralight Thaumaturgic Bio Mist

Painful sunburns can leave you feeling miserable. At the end of last summer, we were sent a bottle of Theralight Bio Mist spray to try. Due to the timing, we didn’t get a chance to try this product out on treating a painful sunburn. It has come in useful this summer though. From swimming to hanging out at the park, we are all about spending time outdoors this year.

Every time we head outdoors, we make sure that we generously apply the sunscreen. However, I have to admit that we aren’t always diligent about reapplying.  Without reapplying the sunscreen, we have had a few sunburns already and we still have a few months left until it is too cold to hang out outside.

13 Simple Ways to Heal Your Sunburn

We were immediately interested, in Theralight Bio Mist because it is a natural product and don’t have to worry about adding harsh chemicals on delicate, burned skin. The bio mist is made with an oxidized molecule known as HOCL.

Every bottle of Theralight Bio Mist includes the most stable form of pure salt and water ingredients. The ingredients are electrolyzed in brute force which produces the natural healing capacities that are similar to how your own body heals injuries. Next time you notice a sunburn, reach for a bottle of bio mist, give it a few shakes, and spray it on affected areas as needed throughout the day. It appears this product is no longer being sold.

Cover Up if you Have to go in the Sun

We realize that it might not be possible to stay instead for several days at a time while you are recovering from a sunburn. If you have to go outside, do cover up as much as possible to avoid further sunburn or skin irritation. Wear lightweight clothing that covers your entire body. Don’t forget to cover your head and face if possible.

Avoid Touching Your Sunburn

Touching your sunburn activates the nerves in your skin and causes further irritation. Plus, touching your skin increases the chance of infection. The only time that you should touch your sunburn is when you are cleaning or moisturizing your skin.

Resist the Urge to Pop the Blisters

Getting burned by the sun is no joke and blisters are a sign that you had a serious sunburn. It is important that you don’t pop or pick at the blisters. Popping the blisters increase your risk of infection or scarring. Do see a doctor if you notice signs of nausea or vomiting, chills or fever, or painful blisters.

Use Sunscreen

13 Simple Ways to Heal Your Sunburn

Sunburned skin is your body’s natural defense to protect your skin from damage or even worse, cancer. Many people believe that sunburns are caused by direct sunshine; however, sunburns are caused by your body’s exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV rays). Each time you go outside, it is important that you protect yourself from harmful UV rays by generously applying sunscreen to your skin.

Skipping sunscreen increases your odds of getting severe burns or skin cancer. While sunscreen doesn’t protect you 100%, it does decrease your odds significantly. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen frequently if you are swimming or sweating.

If your skin is already sunburned, you need to protect your delicate skin. As a sunburn is healing, your skin is susceptible to even further damage.

Hydrate your Skin

Your skin tends to dry out after getting burned. As mentioned previously, it is necessary to increase your water intake to help hydrate your skin from the inside. Using a moisturizer such as aloe vera on your sunburn will help hydrate your skin externally. Skip moisturizers that contain petroleum, benzocaine, or lidocaine.

Turn Down the Temperature

When you are taking a shower or bath, simply turn the water temperature down a few degrees. The cooler water will help draw out the excessive heat from your burnt skin. Plus, taking a hot bath or shower will only dry out your skin more.

Add Oatmeal to your Bath Water

13 Simple Ways to Heal Your Sunburn

Do you remember your mom adding oatmeal to your bath water when you had hives or chicken pox? Oatmeal has soothing properties and can help relieve minor skin irritations such as hives, chicken pox, eczema, and even your sunburn. Simply add a cup of plain oats or colloidal oatmeal packets to your bath water. Oats or colloidal oatmeal is a natural anti-inflammatory.

Note: Oatmeal packets found in your pantry won’t work. They are filled with sugar and other ingredients that could aggravate your sunburn.

Pat your Skin Dry

When you get out of the shower or bath, pat your skin dry. Drying your skin with a towel can cause excessive friction and irritate your already sensitive skin leaving your skin irritated.

Use Cold Compresses

Don’t hesitate to use a cooling towel and place it on your sunburn. Cooling towels are super easy to use and don’t require waiting until your cold towel is ready to use. Simply wet the cooling towel, wring it out, snap it to activate the cooling powers, and place it on your sunburn.

If you don’t have a cooling towel, you can use a regular towel soaked in water. Place it in the refrigerator and allow the towel to cool down. Then place on directly on your sunburn for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day. The cool towel will help draw the heat out of your sunburn.

Note: You can also try using a cool rag soaked in milk. Milk contains whey protein and lactic acid. Avoid using vinegar on your sunburn, it can cause additional skin irritation.

Spending time outdoors can lead to painful sunburns if you don’t take the time to protect your skin. The more time that you spend outside during the day, the greater your chances of getting a sunburn at least 1 time during the summer. Either because you forgot to put sunscreen on, you missed a spot or forgot to reapply it frequently.

13 Simple Ways to Heal Your Sunburn

Do you take necessary precautions to avoid getting a sunburn? What is your go-to treatment when you get a sunburn?