Knowing a few ways to soothe your skin can be a lifesaver if you get a burn or a rash that itches like crazy. And the best part is that you don’t have to spend a bunch of money, time or effort to make yourself feel a lot better. Of course, if these methods don’t work or your problem gets worse, it’s a good idea to call your dermatologist and get checked out. Meanwhile, try out these simple ways to soothe your skin and let me know how they work for you.
1. Take a Cool Shower
I know – nothing feels better than a hot shower at the end of the day, but if you want to soothe your skin, try to cool things off a bit. This is one of the top ways to soothe your skin recommended by dermatologists across the world. So, next time you take a shower, turn down the heat a bit and you might notice that your irritated skin feels better right away. Don’t forget the lotion!
2. Chill with Milk
And I don’t mean drinking it. Cool milk does wonders for your skin, so I highly recommend giving it a try next time your skin is giving you trouble. Soak a washcloth in cool milk and gently lay it on the affected area. This is a great home treatment for sunburn, but it can also soothe itching and irritated skin.
3. Use Apple Cider Vinegar
It might not be the best smelling thing you can put on your skin, but vinegar is touted by many experts as a great way to treat sunburns or burns in general. Simply saturate a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and gently apply to your burned skin. You’ll feel better in no time!
4. Smear on Hydrocortisone Cream
It’s an often overlooked treatment that you can easily find over the counter at any drugstore. One percent hydrocortisone cream is a great treatment for itching and rashes and it’s affordable and easy to use. Simply spread a thin layer on the affected skin and wait for relief to come. I use this stuff all the time on myself and my kids and it truly provides instant relief and can clear up minor skin irritations in just a couple of days.
5. Bathe in Oatmeal
I know it sounds messy, but it really works! Next time you take a bath, toss in a couple of cups of uncooked rolled oats. It won’t be anything like the oatmeal you eat, I promise. The oatmeal releases its magic into the water and will hydrate and soothe your skin if you have a sunburn, are itchy or brushed up against something that caused a rash. Some people put the oatmeal in a sock so they can squeeze the concentrated liquid right onto their skin.
6. Use up Leftover Yogurt
If you have some plain yogurt in your fridge, here’s a great way to use it up. Spread a thin layer on your skin and let it do its work for about 5 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. This is a great remedy for sunburned skin or if you just suffer from irritated, dry skin. You might just start keeping yogurt in your fridge especially for this use.
7. Slice up a Cucumber
You know cucumbers are great for soothing tired, puffy eyes in the morning, but they also work wonders on irritated or sunburned skin on the rest of your body. Simply layer thin slices of the cucumber on any area that you want to soothe and let them work for several minutes before you take them off.
Do you suffer from skin that bothers you? I get very dry skin on my face, especially in the winter, but most of these methods provide relief for me. Which one will you try first?