Best Natural Sunburn Remedies and Sunburn Protection

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Safest Ingredients For Natural Sunscreens

If you want to try natural sunburn brands, the first thing to consider is what ingredients are in your sunscreen.

There is nothing wrong with going for a store-bought sunscreen if you don’t want to make your own, but pay attention to the ingredients.

You can still get a natural, organic sunscreen from the health store as long as you make sure it has adequate UV protection. Just make it doesn’t contain a lot of additives or chemicals. Remember, whatever you put on your skin should be good enough to eat since it absorbs whatever you put on it and uses it for tissue building.

Typical over-the-counter sunscreen products contain many harmful chemicals (like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate)  that your skin absorbs into your bloodstream. Blue Lizard is the purest and healthiest over-the-counter sunscreen I've found. It has no chemicals, parabens, or fragrances.

Best Natural Sunburn Remedies and Sunburn Protection

Ingredients to Look for in a Natural Sunscreen

Zinc Oxide to reduce UVA & UVB Rays 

This is going to be one of the top ingredients to look for or include in your natural sunscreen. (Whether making it yourself or looking for a good store-bought option.)

Zinc oxide is a type of mineral that occurs naturally and can help reduce the UVA rays, which cause cancer, along with the UVB rays, which burn the skin. This creates a type of mineral sunscreen that helps to coat your skin and protect it.

Natural Oils with natural sunscreen

There are a few healthy oils to look for in a natural sunscreen. Look for non-toxic natural oils like avocado oil, wheat germ oil, coconut oil, carrot seed oil, almond oil, red raspberry oil, or olive oil. Not only do these do great things for your skin and complexion, but they can contain a natural amount of sun protection as well.

Coconut oil 

A popular one is coconut oil, which actually has some SPF properties. Others you might want to use are sesame oil, sunflower oil, and jojoba oil. These latter ones are also good carrier oils, so you blend them with essential oils before applying them to your skin.

Good essential oils for sun protection include lavender and eucalyptus. Just be careful not to use citrus-based essential oils with natural sunscreens, like lemon.

Shea Butter is a natural sunscreen

Shea butter is an active ingredient in many natural beauty and body care products, including natural sunscreen. This also gives homemade sunscreen a nice cream-based texture like other types of sunscreen.

Best Essential Oils for Sunburned Skin

Certain essential oils can also be used for sun protection.

But, that is not the only thing you can use them for. They are also good for relieving pain and inflammation if you happened to get a sunburn.

Even with proper sun protection, you might still end up with a sunburn. It's easy to miss a few spots, or maybe you did not re-apply, or you have very light skin that burns easily. In this case, you can find relief naturally with the right essential oils.

Since your burned skin is going to be very sensitive, once again avoid the citrus essential oils. These are going to be too harsh on your burning skin. Instead, try some of the following oils instead:


Lavender is by far one of the most popular essential oil.
It is very calming and soothing, and can almost instantaneously provide relief for your burned skin. You will notice the redness is reduced along with lowering how much the burn is stinging your skin.


Peppermint is another wonderful essential oil for your skin. This essential oil can soothe the sunburned areas of the skin while making it feel cool. It is also an analgesic, which is what helps to reduce pain.

In addition to these primary essential oils, these others are good options for sunburns:

  • Chamomile
  • Myrrh
  • Geranium

Use Carrier Oils

Any time you use essential oils on your skin, you need to make sure it is diluted with water or oil.

For essential oils used in the bathtub or in DIY beauty products, it is already naturally diluted. So, when applying it directly to your skin, it must contain a carrier oil like jojoba oil, carrot seed oil, or grapeseedoil.

Pure essential oils on their own are too harsh for your skin, especially if they are being applied to a burn.

Soothe a Burn With These Herbs

best natural sunburn remedies

The next natural remedy you can use for your sunburn is herbs. The great thing about using herbs is that they are not only easy to find, but you can grow them yourself right in your own medicinal garden.

The main benefit to growing your own herbs is that they are always at your disposal whenever you need them.

Herbs that can help provide a soothing sensation for your sunburn and help it to heal faster


Naturally, the first healing plant that is on this list is the aloe plant. Aloe has big leaves that contain a substance called aloe vera. It has a gel-like consistency that you can use directly on a burn to cool it off and provide some pain relief. Aloe also helps to reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process.

To use aloe vera on a sunburn, start by selecting a fresh aloe vera leaf and slicing it lengthwise to expose the gel inside. Gently apply the gel to the affected area, making sure to cover it completely.

For an extra cooling effect, place the aloe vera gel in the fridge for 10-20 minutes before applying it to the sunburn. With a little help from this natural remedy, you'll be feeling more comfortable in no time.


Calendula is another herb with healing properties perfect for a sunburn. This vibrant flower, also known as marigold, has been used for centuries for its healing properties.

To take advantage of calendula's sunburn-fighting abilities, start by creating a tea with dried calendula flowers. Steep one tablespoon of petals in one cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes, then strain the liquid and allow it to cool. Once the tea has cooled, apply it to the affected areas using a clean cloth or cotton ball.

Calendula reduces inflammation and helps new skin cells to grow which will help to heal your sunburn more quickly.


Echinacea is a type of coneflower that provides a multitude of health benefits. It contains some different compounds that will help to soothe your skin and improve the healing process after you get a sunburn. You can use a product made with the herb, or apply cooled Echinacea tea to your burned skin.

St. John’s Wort

Many people know St. John’s Wort as a natural remedy for depression, but this herb can also be used to treat mild sunburns. It is not the dried herb you will use, but oil extracted from this plant to help with your burn.

To use St. John's Wort for your sunburn, first, harvest the plant and dry it. Once it's dried, create a salve or oil using the flowers, leaves, and stems, which can then be applied topically to the burned skin. The salve or oil will help reduce inflammation, redness, and pain while also promoting healing.


If you have some oregano around, that can also be useful for helping to treat your sunburn. Oregano is a herb that has natural anti-inflammatory properties and is also high in antioxidants.

To use it on a sunburn, mix a few drops of oregano essential oil with a carrier oil, like coconut or olive oil. Then, apply the mixture to the affected area with a cotton ball or soft cloth.

Not only will the oregano bring down inflammation and redness, but it will also help prevent the formation of blisters.


The last herb on this list is rosemary, which also contains a lot of different health benefits, particularly for your skin.

To use rosemary on a sunburn, simply steep a few sprigs in boiling water for several minutes, then allow the mixture to cool completely. Once cooled, use a cotton ball to gently dab the rosemary-infused water onto your sunburned skin. The cool liquid will provide instant relief, while the rosemary works to soothe and heal the damaged skin. Many DIY natural beauty products contain rosemary because it has antioxidants in it.

You can use herbs in different ways for your sunburn. You can speed healing by drinking herbal tea or add dried or fresh herbs to creams and gels for your skin.

In the next section, we will dive deeper into some homemade sunburn relief products you can make right at home.

How to Make Your Own After-Sun Relief Sprays and Gels

If you want to use your own homemade products when you get a sunburn, you will be pleased to know they are not difficult to make.
Just consider the natural ingredients that are good for sunburns, and create your own concoction. Here are some sprays and gels you can make for relieving a sunburn.

DIY Sprays and Gel Recipes For Relieving a Sunburn

Lavender Peppermint After-Sun Spray

This first DIY product is a type of spray, which is good just after you have gotten a burn, and don’t want to rub anything on it. Even rubbing aloe vera gel on burned skin can be painful. This spray can just be sprayed on your skin, where it will be quickly absorbed so no rubbing is necessary.

The two main ingredients you are using are lavender essential oil and peppermint essential oil. You can decide how much to use but aim for equal amounts. About 15-20 drops of each one for a 4-5 ounce spray bottle should be good. The rest of the bottle simply needs to contain water.

Just add the drops to a spray bottle of water and spray it on your burn. Repeat as often as needed to find relief for your burn.

Aloe and Essential Oil Gel

This is a good option when you feel comfortable rubbing something on your burn. Aloe vera gel is one of the best things you can use for your skin, but you don’t need to use a drug store option. If you have access to pure aloe vera or you have a plant in your backyard, you can make your aloe gel.

Just get a small bowl and combine pure aloe vera gel with essential oils like lavender and peppermint. Mix them together, then add the mixture to a small jar. This can be kept in the refrigerator so it is nice and cool on your burned skin.

Soothing Herbal Sunburn Salve

This salve is a cream-based consistency and will soothe your burn while also helping it to heal. It uses a combination of oil, essential oil, and herbs.

You want to start with your pure aloe vera gel, then add some lavender essential oil, coconut oil (not melted), avocado oil, and witch hazel extract. Mix it together and use this salve on your sunburn.

More Remedies For Sunburn Relief

Coconut Oil

The first natural remedy is coconut oil, which you might have noticed is also in some different DIY sun relief salve products.

You can use coconut oil in its original creamy consistency or melted. Coconut oil is great for your skin, not only healing the skin cells but reducing pain and providing hydration you might be missing.

Coconut oil can also help to block a small percentage of the sun’s UV rays so it does provide a little added protection for your skin.


When you have a sunburn, what you probably want the most is something cooling that is going to soothe your burned skin. That is where cucumbers come in. This is by far the most cooling of vegetables, whether you use it on your skin or you eat it. For a sunburn. You can cut a cucumber into slices, places the flesh of the cucumber directly on your burned skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Don’t forget about the magical power of apple cider vinegar. You have probably seen this on many lists talking about natural products for all sorts of things, from digestion to burning belly fat.

When using apple cider vinegar on your skin to relieve and heal sunburn, you just need to make sure you dilute it. This is vinegar, so it does have a high acidic property that might hurt if it isn’t diluted with water first. It can also be added to some of your other homemade natural sunburn remedies.

Safe Sun Tips

Cover up and find shade

or use clothing and hats as additional layers of protection to keep cool in the summer sun! Tightly woven fabrics provide more protection from UV rays than loosely knit materials like cotton-polyester blends.

Avoid having your skin exposed between 10 am and 2 pm

When the sun is at its strongest in a given day it's important that we make sure not too much of our body gets burned – especially those with fair or sensitive skin!

Wear UV blocking sunglasses

Protect your eyes with UV blocking sunglasses to avoid any eye damage, like cataracts and blindness!

Beach umbrellas don’t protect you from the sun

Don't be fooled by an umbrella, UV rays are still shining down on your skin and reflecting back off of sand near-by! One study found that beach umbrellas only offer a SPF value between 3-7 which is not enough to keep you safe in high intensities for long periods of time; therefore wear sunscreen and protective clothing too.

Remember to cover up in the car

Car windows are usually more protective than side windows, but not so much when it comes to ultraviolet rays that cause skin cancer and premature aging of your skin. So if you're heading on a cross-country road trip this season, make sure you protect yourself by covering up with long sleeves and applying sunscreen often!

Don't avoid sun exposure entirely

It might be because of the fear that UV rays will give you skin cancer. But there are so many benefits to getting Vitamin D from the sun! Most Americans need more vitamin D in their diets and a little sunshine is all they need to get those nutrients into their bodies without having any nasty side effects like increased risk for melanoma or squamous cell carcinomas. Early morning and later afternoon hours are perfect times because these periods have less intense sunlight which can help keep your sensitive skin safe while still exposing enough light for Vitamin D absorption (just don't go crazy!)

Use mineral sunscreens

The dangers of traditional sunscreen are that they contain nanoparticles, which can be harmful to the environment and human health. Luckily there is a solution! Mineral sunscreens use ingredients like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide in order to protect you from UV rays without having any adverse effects on your skin's cellular structure as well as the planet around us.

Going Natural

If you're like me, you feel better when you have a little sun exposure. So just take care to protect and prevent sunburn from happening in the first place. But if you do happen to overexpose your skin and you end up getting burned anyway, take care to use the best natural sunburn remedies above.

Do not use anything on your skin that you would not also eat. Purchase products that contain natural substances and little in the way of toxins or potential irritants. Otherwise, you are asking your skin to work harder to eliminate toxins.

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Written by Jackie Parker


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  1. Thanks for the great article, i don’t get sunburn but my boyfriend does get sunburn, everytime that we have travelled to another island he does get it which ends up spoiling the whole vacation because he says its painful.

    And what i have realized now is that i think he uses non organic sunburn creams that don’t actually work, i will recommend him the products that you have listed hope they provide him with the best results.


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