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This is my first instructable, and is only going to be short because its an extremely easy and effective method to removing a painful sunburn.

This method was recommended to me by my friends mother, who is a nurse. I hope this helps many a painful sunburn to recede or disappear quickly.

EDIT: 6/26/16

As this instructable has seen over 6mm views since I first published it, I've decided to edit it for more clarity & for safety concerns.

Step 1: Gathering materials

You will need a total of six things.

  1. A bathtub to do this in (preferably ceramic, so it wont stain)
  2. A pitcher
  3. A rag that you don't mind getting stained
  4. Water
  5. Three bags of black tea (I use Earl Grey)
  6. Ice

It worked for me! Here's what it did: I used 4 tea bags (earl grey) in a large tea cup. Microwaved the 4 bags with water for 2.5 minutes. Let cool, swish around. You now have a very very very strong cup of tea. Dabbed on my sunburned face. Repeated every 45 minutes or so until bedtime. Probably did it 8 or 9 times before bedtime. In the morning, I was tanned but not burned! I went from lobster red to tanned in 12 hours!
Congrats! I'm so glad it works so well for so many other people! =D
Does this get rid of the redness overnight?
<p>From my understanding it is supposed to. If it doesn't then you may not have applied it as many times as necessary</p>
I Used 3 Family Size Luzianne Tea Bags And It Worked Perfect! :)
Please DO NOT take hot showers after a sunburn. This is a BURN and hot water can make it worse d/t nerve ending damage, u can't really tell how hot the water is. Cool water helps bring down the temperature of your skin. The tannic acid in the tea bag soothes the skin; this is a great remedy for any 1st degree burn. If you suffer a really bad burn seek medical attention, please!! Dehydration/burned skin is serious and u may need fluid replacement. Tea bag treatment is also great for itching burning feet!!!!
<p>tannins are in tea not tannic acid </p>
<p>Tannins are tannic acid. They are the same thing.</p>
Today was hell for me. I had the worst sunburn itch. If you don't have blisters and your sunburn itches, a warm/hot shower works. Make sure the temperature isn't so hot as to burn you, but after the shower, the itch will be gone. I know because this just happened to me. Also of course, Aloe Vera and cold showers are good too.
If u take a little bit of vinegar and then add cold water to dalute it and ten take a rag and TAP it on it helps a lot leave it on for about 3 minutes it will smell bad but it works
Is it suppose to make it burn more when you use the tea?
Thank you very much for this! Im glad that you posted this so people now understand how dangerous some of their other methods are.
<p>FYI, if you can afford to use a whole bag of family tea bags and you have a deep garden tub like I do, then steeping the whole box in a hot bath and climbing in when the water becomes tepid is a great way to do this. Lay in the tub for at least an hour.</p>
I just tried this remedy on a two-day-old lobster belly, and WOW! what a fantastic difference! Only difference: I didn't have earl grey tea, so I used what was on hand, which is plain old Lipton ice tea bags. I used seven of the small (not family size) bags. I got almost immediate relief from my constant itching, which was making me think I was going to lose my mind (assuming I had something there to lose in the first place). I have posted this remedy to another site (wiki answers, I think) with credit given. Thank you very much for your helpful advice!
I've been on instructables for a few months now and it took a wiki answers site to send me to this... and right when i needed it... my girl thinks i'm addicted but this site really does have a bit of everything.
My dad thinks that I should sip using this website cause I'm addicted to video games and he thinks I'm researching video games, which I am!
Glad you found it! Once summer starts up, I always tend to get a lot more comments, so I'm glad it could help with one of the first burns of summer!
Wow, thats wonderful! I'm so pleased that it worked that well, especially on an old burn! Could you send me the link to where you reposted the remedy?
Sure! It is at: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_do_you_do_when_your_sunburn_starts_to_itch">http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_do_you_do_when_your_sunburn_starts_to_itch</a><br/>Mine is currently still the last one on the page, signed John Hance. Thank you for the helpful tip! It is one I will be handing down to my kids and passing on to all my family and friends.<br/>
I did this last spring when I forgot to put on sunscreen while gardening. I wasn't burnt to a blister state but was uncomfortable on my shoulders to sleep! I made 4 bags of plain lipton tea in a glass two cup measuring cup. I let it cool and started by dipping a washcloth in and after wringing (not completely, just to not drip) it out I dabbed. Instant difference! I was able to cool the burn enough to sleep. I left the tea in the cup and in the middle of the night when I got woke up in pain I did it again. The next morning the majority of the sunburn was gone. I did use the tea on the more burned part over the next day. Instead of days of soreness, I had one! My kids have done the same since! It isn't a cure of course but It sure helps!
<p>Aloe Vera is like black magic for sun burn. Instant relief and in 8 hours you will never know you ever had a sunburn. REAL Aloe Vera squeezed out of the plant, NOT the lotion the sell in the store that is 5 or 10% Aloe. </p>
<p>TeaTree oil and peppermint oil works well. Or use Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle shampoo. (basically the same stuff). Works well in a cool shower as well. Just apply as needed, wait many minuets and then rinse off. </p>
Tea vinegar and aloe are all great but some other options when you dont have those available are melon or cucumber water...they cool the skin...
<p>I would like to see someone use this method on 1/2 a sunburn and see if it works compared to the other side.</p><p>The only thing I seen that works is a cream that has medical grade DMSO.</p><p>It is a solvent and helps thing pass through the skin barrier.</p><p>It has been proven to heal burns freakishly fast.</p>
<p>Hi @MichaelG9, me too! Its too easy to assume a treatment worked because you &quot;felt different&quot; the next day, but of course you most likely would have experienced some decrease in symptoms even if you'd done nothing! We really need a controlled study, but even a simple treatment where a uniform area (i.e. a nicely lobstered back) can be treated 50/50 (w/ tea and w/o tea) and the results examined. </p>
Good info! DMSO is very helpful for many applications... I never would have thought to use it for this! thanks so much for this info.
<p>We had dinner at a restaurant once that served on hot metal plates and as I grabbed the plate my fingers sizzled and it was easily bad enough to cause blistering, but the waitress gave me a cream that soothed the burn instantly and the next day, there was no evidence of any burn, none!</p>
It is important to not use hot water on a sunburn, but yes the tannic acid in tea as well as possibly the Bergamot oil and Earl Grey in the small amount it exists in the tea is good for sunburn skin! Another little-known way to treat sunburn is to buy liquid trace minerals at the health food store and apply to burned skin areas. These minerals and electrolytes are what skin has lost or been deprived of by being sunburned, and continually replacing them back several times as much as possible before going to sleep at night will almost certainly ensure more and quicker healing by the morning. They're not easy to apply since many of them are of a thin watery consistency, so you can use a cotton ball or put them into a clean mist spray bottle and apply by spraying (this spray method helps avoid wasting the product since it is a bit costly).<br><br>I prefer to use Source Naturals brand trace minerals called ColloidalLife... though it's a more expensive way to treat sunburn vs other methods. It has worked for me, even with severe burning!<br><br>Linda Redmond, LMBT NC #4935<br>Licensed Massage &amp; Bodywork Therapist, Aromatherapist &amp; Very Fairskinned Blonde-Eyebrowed Ginger Who Burns In 5 Minutes Flat (Lol)
<p>Linda: I've got to ask--how exactly does the sunburnt area lack electrolytes and/or trace minerals? I've never seen a mechanism to explain, let alone a controlled study giving any indication of this. Please source.</p><p>While I do understand that you, as a fair-skinned person living in a sub-tropical climate, have seen your share of sunburns, I'm not sure that your claim is scientifically valid. These 'colloidal trace mineral' supplements have a dubious reputation and are likely right up there with homeopathic 'supplements' (i.e. very expensive water) in terms of their actual therapeutic effects.</p>
<p>I will try that next time! Till now i was using aloe vera juice, wich do miracles as well!!</p>
<p>I'd like to know how it works..caffeine and anti-oxidants in tea, is it that that speeds up the healing process?</p><p>Of course always good to cover up and not get burned in first place. I can't stand the gloopy feel of suntan lotion (the smell of it too) so just cover up, I can burn in about 15 minutes anyway!</p>
<p>my daughter had a very bad sunburn, I used fresh Aloe Vera from my garden. i sliced it open lengthwise the scrapped out the pulp into a container. soaking a gauze to in it then i applied i applied the gauze to the burn area. the next morning the redness total gone.</p>
<p>ah i was already working on this ah i'm too late!!</p>
This I learned from a radio drama. You fill your tub with water as hot as you can handle and you climb is you must become red as a cruyfish Lie in the tub till the water became cold. Then drain the tub and fill it with cold water ans wash your body. The nexed day no burning sensation and just a nice tan
Do NOT do this. A sunburn is a first degree burn. Treating it with more heat only exacerbates the burn, irritates, and causes more burns.
Yes! Returning skin is not a treatment for a burn, duh!
<p>The oil of bergamot in Earl Grey can make you burn easier if you go back out in the sun. Please use care</p>
Very good point!
<p>I cut some aloe stems off the plant, then put it in a blender on high, add little water and it turns into a gel. I rub it all over my burn, let it dry and sleep in it. The next morning I take a shower and my burn is usually almost gone. </p>
<p>I grew up in Florida, I'm a natural redhead with fair skin, I'm now 58 years old and have always sworn by Aloe gel. If you don't have access to a natural plant just buy the 100% Aloe Gel in the pump bottle (clear, no additives)... cheap, cheap (usually under 2 bux) at WM. I've been sunburned more times than I care to remember, even to the point of being hospitalized for sun poisoning... I could go on with more gory details but I'll spare you. I also work with hot glass, as in glass blowing, and have also received many burns ( I sound like a french fry don't I?) I keep pump bottles of the stuff in my studio. Because of Aloe I've never had any skin cancer thus far nor do I have any scars from sunburns, torch burns, hot glass burns, etc. </p><p>The tea bath works too, any kind of black tea, takes the burn out but doesn't really heal, just soaking in a tub of plain water will ease the discomfort as well. So does applied white vinegar but that makes you smell like a salad. But Aloe... I recommend it enough.</p>
Yes I relate, and I got sun poisoning as a young teenager living in Florida as well. My legs were purple for nearly a year. I still have damaged area on my eyelid. Aloe is wonderful! Medicine made by the Creator and put into the Earth for our use and enjoyment! I definitely use it for kitchen burns. Sometimes my sunburns have been so bad it didn't seem to help much though unless I mix it with the colloidal trace minerals I mentioned in another comment here.
<p>I'm with you on the aloe. I'm red head and white skin and know fully the dangers of UV. To all the foolish people who strip off and stay out in full sun too long, get some aloe vera.</p>
<p>Please, please avoid too much sun in the first place. Sun damage is cumulative over your life span. Melanoma can form. I guess we all know how dangerous a cancer melanoma is!</p>
I could not a agree more. My dad has been an avid motorcycle rider all of his life, and is also a ginger like me. He had to have serious skin cancer surgery to prevent a deadly situation just in time last year because of all of the sun he has garnered on his neck and hands and forearms all of his adult life. Fortunately he found an excellent dermatologist dr. to do the job, but we could have lost my dad before his time over that.
<p>Had the misfortune at our first ever family camp to have the four year old pour boiling water right down the side of his leg. That's when I realised we were 2 hours from any hospital, miles from any residence, no large quantity of cold clean water, pre mobile phone &amp; no first aid kit. Son went into shock. Soaked several tea bags in luke warm water &amp; plastered the teabags on the burn site with toilet paper; wrapped the leg with more tp to hold in place then a 2 hour fast drive to an ED. The leg blistered badly but none of them burst. No infections, no complications &amp; it healed well. Only thing was the skin at the scald site was darker for about 10 years!! Tannin really does work ( a proprietry burn ointment in my youth was called Tannafax</p>
I'm so glad this works for you and for your traumatized child. I don't mean to be ugly toward you, and I don't generally correct parents since I was unhappily unable to have children though I wanted to, but you really should scope out all of these factors before you take your four-year-old or any other family members or potentially vulnerable human beings on a camping trip. That is basic responsibility. I'm glad your child is okay, and I hope all of your future camping trips have no mishaps!
Fastest most effective cure i have found for sun believe it or not is malt vinegar dabbed on with cotton wool <br>And gives a nice tan<br>Used in England (a while back)<br>Eygpt <br>Greece <br>Turkey <br>Try it you won't believe the results

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