Sunburns and Suntans can be a worrying part for all of us who are extra careful with our skin health. Sunburns or tan are nothing but the result of how the skin tissue reacted to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Too much UV rays exposure to the skin causes the skin to burn and sometimes might lead to a rash. Precisely this is called a sunburn or tan.             

Though precautions in the first place help to reduce the effects of Sunburns and tan, natural home remedies are best sunburn reliefs. 

Now how long do sunburns last? The answer depends purely on how much the skin is damaged due to the exposure to the sun. On a common basis sunburn usually lasts 3-4 days and again the effect varies with the severity of the exposure. We have shared some home Remedies for Sunburn below that you can use to get relief.

1. Applying an Ice-Pack

Damaged skin needs time and care to heal. Applying an ice pack to the affected area can be one remedy to treat the sunburn. While you apply the ice pack to the affected area, the damaged skin gets more hydrated, absorbing the heat and allowing it to heal into healthy skin again. The cooler the better and this is how ice packs work best for sunburns. 

Remedy: Gently apply the ice pack on regular intervals on the affected area. 

2. Applying Aloe Vera Gel

The gel has the properties of soothing any affected skin. This natural plant remedy works best for tanned and sunburned skin, helping the affected area to heal naturally. This remedy not only helps in healing but also helps against any scarring, creating a cooling effect on the damaged skin. 

Remedy: Just take a sufficient amount of Aloe Vera gel and gently massage the affected area and let it dry. 

3. Applying Baking Soda

Baking soda, though used mostly as a kitchen ingredient in the preparation of foods, is also an active ingredient that helps in healing damaged skin due to sunburns. Baking soda helps in balancing the pH levels of the skin and hence inflammation, rash and reddishness due to sunburns are treated well with this kitchen ingredient. 

Remedy: Make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply it on the affected area. Allow it to dry and wash off with cold water. Repeat accordingly. 

4. Cucumber

Cucumber is known for its water content properties and hence when used as a remedy to treat sunburn skin, works amazingly well, by allowing the damaged skin to stay hydrated and retain the moisture. Ingredients like cucumber are rich in water content which in turn helps the damaged skin heal faster. 

Remedy: Mash the cucumber and refrigerate it. Or you can use a cucumber straight from the refrigerator. Apply it to the damaged skin as needed and let it dry. 

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) is known to fasten the healing process of sunburns as this ingredient is considered a great astringent. It also helps soothe pain from sunburns. Astringents function by reducing inflammation on the skin helps tighten the pores and cleanse skin irritants. 

Remedy: Mix equal amounts of ACV and water and soak paper towels in it. Apply the paper towels on the affected area and let it dry. Repeat as required in a day. 

6. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has skin healing properties. It reduces pain, relieves skin from any inflammation and also acts as an active ingredient to treat burned or tanned skin. It also acts as a moisturizing agent thus allowing the skin to heal faster, maintaining its hydration. Coconut oil not only makes the skin soft but also adds a shiny glow along with moisturizing the skin. 

Remedy: Apply slightly warm coconut oil on the affected area 2-3 times a day and gently massage.

7. Milk

Milk does wonders to the skin. It hydrates, evens the skin complexion and also adds a radiant glow when used regularly. Milk is known to treat black spots on the skin and can be used as a remedy to treat sunburned skin as it has great hydrating properties and heals the damaged skin. Raw milk is popularly known to treat dry skin. It is also a great ingredient to tighten your skin.

Remedy: Mix milk with cold water and apply the moisture to the affected area using a cotton ball and pat dry the area. Apply as needed. 

8. Tomatoes

Tomatoes have anti-oxidants that help skin repair the damaged cells. It also acts as a cooling agent in the healing process of sun-damaged skin. Tomatoes are known to repair the dull skin. They are also good for acne-prone skin. 

Remedy: Mash few tomatoes and strain the juice. Apply it along with some yoghurt to the affected skin and let it dry naturally. Wash off once dry and apply as needed in a day. 


Sunburns and tan are common with increasing pollution and unprotected skin routine. Proper skincare like using sunscreen, applying the right moisture and staying well hydrated are few ways to take care of the skin daily. The more they care, the better looks the skin. Stay Hydrated and Healthy. 

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