If you want to know how to heal a sunburn in just under 24 hours, I’ve got a trick for you. All it takes is two simple, real foods.
In fact, because of this trick, I rarely even admit to having a sunburn. In my family, we now call it “turning pink.”
That’s because our skin never peels, and instead our “sunburns” fade to nice tans.
Conversations go like this.
FAMILY FRIEND: “Oh, it looks like you got a sunburn today!”
ME: “Nah. It’s nothing. I just turned a little pink.”
We’re usually met with disbelieving looks, but oh well.
We already break “the rules” by not wearing sunscreen. (If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend reading my post Should You Use Sunscreen? for my take on this.)
But we still enjoy the sun!
One of the ways we do it is by having this trick for how to heal a sunburn up our sleeves.
How to Heal a Sunburn in Less Than 24 Hours
How to Heal a Sunburn: STEP ONE
Apply raw apple cider vinegar to your burn as soon as you get home.
This immediately cools the skin. Apple cider vinegar helps draw the heat and sting out of your wannabe sunburn.
How to Heal a Sunburn: STEP TWO
About a half hour later, apply tallow balm from grass-fed cows to your sunburned skin and rub it in.
Beef tallow from grass-fed cows is not only an excellent moisturizer, it’s also rich in vitamins A & D — two key nutrients that help your skin heal.
Vitamin A is one of the most widely recognized nutrients for promoting healthy skin. It’s been used to treat psoriasis, sunburns, burns, eczema, and acne (source).
I already use tallow balm as part of my daily skin care regimen (read: Why I Wash My Face with Dirt & Oil), so it’s easy for me to apply it after a day in the sun.
I usually apply it to pink skin at least twice on the day of the “sunburn,” and then again the following morning. By then, my pink skin is already fading into a tan.
A NOTE ABOUT TALLOW BALM: I buy mine scented with essential oils. For sunburns, I prefer the “Windswept” scent because it comes with chammomile, spearmint, clove, grapefruit, and carrot seed oils — all of which are incredibly cooling and soothing to pink skin.
That’s it? That’s all you do?
YES. Didn’t I say this would be simple?
(photo by depositphotos)