I generally get one really bad sunburn every year. I'm just lucky that way I guess. I generally remember to wear sunblock, but being fair skinned, I tend to burn anyway. So I've come up with quite a few home sunburn remedies that help a lot. Here are my top 5.

  • 1

    Apply a Cool Compress

    This is an easy one: grab a washcloth, soak it in cool water, and then hold it on the sunburn. You can apply the cool compress as many times as you need throughout the day to ease your discomfort.

  • 2

    Drink Water

    As the sun fried your skin, it also dehydrated it. Be sure to drink plenty of water while recovering from a sunburn.

  • 3

    Take an OTC Pain Reliever

    Over the counter pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen can help relieve pain and cut the inflammation of a sunburn. If you can't handle ibuprofen, consider taking acetaminophen, which can help ease pain but won't relieve inflammation.

  • 4

    Try a Topical Anesthetic

    When I was a kid, my mom used to douse me in Solarcaine every time I had a sunburn, but I always remember it helping make the burn feel better. There's a variety of different types of Solarcaine now, even some with Aloe, that can really help.

  • 5

    Apply Aloe Vera

    This is the best stuff for a burn, bar none. At my house, we always have a bottle of 'After Sun' from Banana Boat at the ready. The thick, gel-like juice of the aloe vera plant can take the sting and redness out of a sunburn. And for whatever reason, it keeps my sunburn from turning into a sun rash and peeling. It really does help a lot.