How To Relieve A Nasty Sunburn – DIY Method
You’ve probably experienced at least one awful sunburn in your life. No matter what remedies you try, nothing will take away the heat and pain you experience every time you move your body. However, one Texas mom has discovered an at-home sunburn remedy that even some doctors are giving the thumbs up.
Cindie Allen-Stewart revealed that foam shaving cream with menthol in it works wonders at speeding up the recovery of sunburns. She revealed that her husband’s mother used to use this trick on her husband when he was a kid, and that they’re still using it all these years later.
All you have to do is apply the shaving cream to the sunburn, then let it sit for about 30 minutes. Cindie explained that during this time, the menthol in the shaving cream will start to extract the heat from the burn. When the time is up, simply rinse off the shaving cream with lukewarm water. You may find that you want to repeat this trick again the next day. Cindie revealed that after two treatments, the burn is usually gone.
Although this method may seem a little unorthodox, many doctors do see the benefits in using shaving cream to help heal sunburns. Dr. William Huang, associate professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, revealed, “It’s very possible that shaving cream could help ease the pain and discomfort of sunburn. The number one ingredient in shaving cream is typically water, so it’s very hydrating. But also there are a lot of oils, usually palm or coconut oil, which are very soothing and nice to help replenish damaged skin.”
“As a physician, our first mandate is to do no harm,” Huang added. “So if a patient told me they’ve tried this method and it’s not hurting them and potentially giving them benefit, I’m always happy to explore that option with them.”
However, Huang cautions against believing this is a tried and true method for everyone. Although some people believe this method will prevent peeling, Huang reveals that whether or not you peel has to do with skin type and the severity of the burn, not what you use to treat it.
And of course, when it comes to sun protection, an ounce of prevention is everything. Ensure that you always leave the house wearing sunscreen with a high SPF, and that you are reapplying it often. Wearing a sun hat and other sun protective clothing is never a bad idea, either. Skin cancer is on the rise, and protecting yourself and your loved ones from sun damage should be a priority. However, if you do get a nasty sunburn, this unusual method may bring you some sense of relief!