Sunburn Remedy

One awesome family losing sight of the shore…and searching for the next laundromat!

Guest Blogger Mary Carlton

Summertime.  Just saying the word brings pictures to my mind of melting ice cream, long warm nights spent chasing fireflies, sun and sand…..and of course the dreaded sunburn.  Much like most of you, I am far too worried about my ducklings getting burned than I am about making sure I don’t.  Can you guess where that gets me?  Yep.  Burned.  Charred.  Good and crispy.  We were camping at a beach in southern Texas and I forgot to put on sunscreen.  I knew that my burn wasn’t terrible…but I knew if I didn’t DO something, I would be forced to cover up my tight, angry, peeling skin for the rest of the week we were at the beach, and that just wasn’t acceptable.  So, I delved into the limitless resources available to me on the world wide web and came up with a game plan.  I read various home remedies and settled on the one that allowed me NOT to have to go to the store (cause I’d have to put on a shirt).  I was excited to find something that had good reviews and all the necessary items were up in the cabinet already. The main ingredient– tea bags!

Yep.  You read that right.  Tea bags.

The only kind I had in the camper were some children’s organic grape sleepytime tea.  The article said to use black tea but I figured what the heck…tea is tea right?  Basically, all I had to do was make a VERY strong tea, let it cool to room temperature, and then pat it on my burned skin a few times.  From my readings, I learned that there are quite a few beneficial chemical compounds in tea.  The tannic acid and theobromine aid in removing the heat, which helps prevent the swelling, and the catechins are helpful in preventing and repairing skin damage….so even if this didn’t work, I knew at least it couldn’t hurt.

I sat on the floor with my mixing bowl full of tepid tea bags, with a towel around my top so I wouldn’t stain my clothes, and proceeded to dip and pat said tea bags over my shoulders while we watched a movie.  After about two hours of dipping and dabbing, I smelled like a grape!  I didn’t rinse it off and then hit the sheets.

When I woke up the next morning I was pleasantly surprised to find that my pretty severe sunburn had been reduced to a slight pink color that, by bedtime, had completely disappeared.  Yay!  My skin was a little tender and I was very conscious about slathering on the spf 50 for the rest of the week!

I think it worked quite well and will definitely keep this tactic in my arsenal of home remedies.  Now, there’s no better way to get rid of a sunburn than to just be smart and use sunscreen for preventative maintenance!  But if you get preoccupied like I did and just completely forget to take care of numero uno then at least you know there’s an option for a quick fix.  I was pretty happy with the results.  I didn’t peel a bit.  And at two days out you couldn’t even tell I had gotten a burn!

I hope this helps you in your time of need…it sure helped me be able to continue to enjoy the beach 🙂

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Fun–and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson



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