This year in the UK we have finally had a summer, so being very fair of skin, I thought I would refresh my memory and also check out some new ways to relieve sunburn. We really should be more careful of looking after our skin in the sun, and seriously, instead of looking for ways to relieve sunburn, we should be looking at ways to prevent it. But, if you’re like me – I burn even when I’m plastered in factor 60 – you can’t always help it. So, if you’re at home and find yourself looking at bright red bits of body and feeling a bit sore (or a lot sore!), you might find you have plenty of things in your cupboards that provide ways to relieve sunburn and you won’t have to dash to the store for some proprietary lotions and potions.
I thought that the astringent quality of acetic acid wouldn’t be good, but surprisingly, vinegar can be used in a couple of ways to relieve sunburn. Put vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz all over the affected area. Or, you can soak small towels in vinegar and press lightly onto the sunburn and leave for a good while. Another way is to add 2-3 cups of vinegar to your bath water; also making sure the water is not too hot. Do not use malt vinegar, but either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar will work.