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A couple of weeks ago, I spent a long time outside working on our garden. In fact, it was the longest I had been outside this season, so my already very pale skin was very vulnerable after not seeing much sun for many months.
Needless to say, I got burned VERY badly! In fact, that evening we went to grandma and grandpa’s for a BBQ. My mom was so concerned and actually upset with me for not being careful in the sun because she was so afraid that I had hurt myself! I appreciated her deep concern… so I decided to research what I could do with this really bad burn.
Usually, I rub ice, take pain meds, and wait it out with blisters, peeling, pain and then the reward is very pale white skin again (I don’t even get a tan!).
After some research, I found something that was new to me…. rubbing vinegar all over my burned skin…. supposedly this would prevent blistering and peeling and would take the pain away, help it to heal AND…. turn the burn into a tan!
The initial thought of putting vinegar on my burned skin sounded horrifying! Have you ever had a cut or wound and gotten vinegar on it? It STINGS really badly! But all of the research led me to believe that this would actually be relieving!
So…. I put it to the test. I read that any vinegar works great, but Apple Cider Vinegar was the best. I have apple cider vinegar and so I used this!
To my amazement, it did not hurt at all! I rubbed this on gently – the thing that hurt was touching my burned skin. Then once I had covered my burns thoroughly – I waited!
The next morning… my terrible burn looked like just a mild burn and there was absolutely no blistering, peeling, pain… nothing!
That night (about 24-hours later) I ended with a super sweet tan!
I couldn’t believe that it worked! Nothing I have ever tried, natural, DIY or store bought had results like this!
The other thing that makes this solution great is that it is cheap and natural! Plus if you have been following our 26 homemade cleaners, then you should have some on hand at all times anyway!
Now there is one negative point to this natural sunburn solution – IT STINKS!! Yes, you can’t get away from it, especially if you rub it all over your skin! The smell doesn’t go away either – in fact, with the Apple Cider Vinegar I woke up the next morning and I smelled like stinky feet! I hate stinky feet…. but I put up with it for that short time period and it is a very small price to pay for the benefits I received! Of course, a shower did wash away the smell and I was back to normal after that time…..
Oh – I also wanted to add that our 4 year old got the small area above her knees burned from riding her tricycle (not sure how that spot was missed on sunblock, except that when she was standing to have the sunblock put on, I think her shorts covered the area, but riding her shorts slid up some!) and it was a long 2-hour ride (we all went on a walk/ride) and when we got home, I put the vinegar on her and she had the same results as me!
*Please note, I read that any vinegar will work, but we have only tried it with Apple Cider Vinegar as we read this was the best. So we are not sure of the results with white distilled or others! We also used it soon after the sunburn set in and before blistering or peeling set in. I would imagine that if you are already blistering/peeling, there could be some good stinging that may take place, but it should help heal if you can get past that 🙂
What are your thoughts? Have your tried this?