If you’ve spent one too many hours in the sun, and are paying the price, you may consider paying hefty prices for store bought remedies, lotions and potions. Don’t! There’s an easy, cheap, quick and all-natural fix for you…that begins right in your pantry: cornstarch. This cornstarch paste can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator (although it’s best to use within 48 hours). It’s also a great natural remedy for young children who’s skin may be extra sensitive
What You’ll Need:
- Cold water
- Aloe Vera, mashed (optional)
- Fork to mix
- Large bowl
- Wash cloth
- Light, unscented moisturizer (or one which is gentle enough not to further irritate the skin)
Remove any clothing from around sunburned area.
Gently wash/rinse the sunburned area with cool water and pat dry.
In a large bowl, mix together some cornstarch and some water until a medium-consistency paste is formed. I prefer a ratio of 1 cup water to 2 cups cornstarch. Experiment until you find a consistency and texture that is right for you.
If you have aloe vera available, either in a gel, or in it’s raw form, mash it, and work it into the paste.
Using your fingers, scoop out some of the paste and apply liberally and evenly to the areas of your body that have been sunburned. You should begin to feel the cooling effect almost immediately.
When you need to remove the paste, take a quick, cool shower and use a dampened cloth to gently wipe it away.
Pat your body dry and apply a light, unscented moisturizer.
Repeat as often as necessary until your sunburn has subsided.