Sunburns can occur after a long day at the beach. However, symptoms will appear several hours later with a strong itching. Thus, it is best to act immediately, so you won’t make the itch worse. At-home treatments are the most effective for sunburn itch so keep reading and see what works for you.
1. Baking soda, apple cider, and oatmeal
In addition to using cool water, adding any of these three ingredients can reduce itchiness. So, next time you take a bath, make sure to use one or two ingredients to soothe the itch. Also, remember, baking soda acts as a natural acid neutralizer, the apple cider vinegar is a weak acid that balances your skin’s pH and the oatmeal is a natural skin moisturizer that can help with dryness and balance your skin’s pH.
2. Drink water
Because the sun dehydrates your skin, you should drink plenty of water to replenish the water you’ve lost.
3. Use a moisturizing cleansing cream
Use an unscented, moisturizing cleansing cream instead of soap to wash your body. Soap can dry your skin and exacerbate itching. Do not soak in bubble baths or soapy water until your sunburn is healed.
4. Peppermint oil
Mix a few drops of peppermint oil in a bottle of cold water and spray over your body, especially areas where the itch is insufferable.
5. Wet towel
Cool the affected area with a dripping wet towel and re-wet the towel as needed. As long as the towel is in contact with the skin, the itch should be tolerable.