It’s early in the season, so if you’re going to get burned by the sun, it will probably be now. Maybe you didn’t realize how potent the sun would be, or maybe you’re not in the routine yet of putting sunblock on the kids and now they’re looking a little like tomatoes. Either way, you need help and fast. Naturally, I’ve got the remedy for that nasty sunburn.
Jumping into cold water is the best thing to stop the burning process. Just because you’re out of the sun doesn’t mean the burning has stopped. So hop in a cold shower or plop your child in a cool tub to stop the cooking.
To put directly on the burn, you’ve got several choices: Make a spray out of equal parts vinegar and water. Or make a paste from 1/2 baking soda, 1/2 cornstarch, and some water to smooth on the burns. Or for a moisturizing, healing remedy, use wheat germ oil to ease the burn and soften the skin.
Just remember: The sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. so try to avoid direct sunlight then. Always use a good sunblock (without chemicals, like Badger Balm’s Sunblock); but if someone in the family still gets a sunburn, keep these few simple items onhand so you’re prepared.