We finally got some relief of high temperatures and humidity, so I took the opportunity to do some yard work yesterday and ended up with a nasty sunburn. As the evening progressed, the heat and burning really started to bother me, so I decided to use tea compresses to ease the pain.
Yes, you heard me right. Tea is a great home remedy for easing the burning and pain from sunburn. Black and green teas contain tannic acid that soothes sunburn and helps heals the skin.
I hope you never experience a painful sunburn, but, if you do, here’s how I use tea.
First you need to brew a large pot of very strong black or green tea, then refrigerate until the tea is cold. I prefer to use green tea because it contains powerful anti-oxidants. Green tea will help reduce skin redness and inflammation, while also helping to protect the skin cells from the effects of UV exposure.
For all over relief, add the cold tea to a lukewarm bath and soak in the tea mixture for 20 to 30 minutes or until the bath becomes cool.
When experiencing a localized sunburn, soak a clean cloth or gauze in the cold tea and gently apply it to the burned area for about 10 minutes.
You can even put the cold tea into a spray bottle and mist the sunburned area. Keep the spray bottle in the refrigerator and throw out any remaining tea after a week. This is a good solution if you are going to the beach or on a picnic, just keep your spray bottle in the cooler.
Remember that tea will stain, so use old towels and be careful where you use the compresses and spray.
Usually one treatment will relieve the pain and reduce the redness associated with sunburn, but, if you want to, you may repeat the baths and compresses as often as you like.