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The single most effective way to get rid of a sunburn

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Well this is my first instructable, and is only going to be short because its an extremly easy and effective method to removing a painful sunburn. This method was recommended to me by my friends mother, who is a nurse and therefore MUST know what shes talking about. Turns out she did. I hope this helps many a painful sunburn to receed or dissapear.
 
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Step 3: Healing the wound

Once the water has cooled to a warm/lukewarm temperature, dunk the rag into the tea, and dab it onto the sunburn. DO NOT WIPE IT OFF! Leave it on and let it be absorbed into your skin. Once its dry, re-apply as necessary, but never wash it off. If you do this process before bedtime, you can go to sleep and give it time to work its magic. In the morning you can wash it off in your shower. The sunburn should be substancialy subsided or all gone, but remember: the sooner you can apply the tea after you get the burn, the quicker and more effective it will be.

Note: I had a severe sunburn and I also used the tea bags straight up, dabbing them directly onto my skin. You may use as many "coats" of tea as you want, but the more the better.
jdavidson63 months ago
Or just use sun tan lotion. Isn't worth the risk of getting skin cancer.
could we put the tea in a bath tub and soak in it if you are burned almost everywhere?
c4hfam2 years ago
I knew my fair skin was starting to burn but we'd just found the best snorkeling place for the kids and they weren't burning so I didn't stop to reapply sunscreen a third time. Despite immediate and continuing use of Solarcaine with lidocaine and aloe, three days later, my unblistered sunburn still made dressing excruciating, sitting my back against a sofa or chair painful, and getting hugs from my children off limits. I brewed a half gallon tea bag in 2 c. water, letting it steep until it cooled. After trying compresses, I switched to using a spray bottle to coat my back well. While it felt good immediately, a few hours later, I'm not sure there was any difference. I repeated at bedtime, this time with refrigerator cold sprayed tea, and the next morning felt much better. The burn was still as bright pink, but the pain was much, much less. I don't know if it's the tea or the passage of time, but this treatment seems worth a shot if you're suffering.
hello my name is samantha i recently went tanning at the tanning salon well instead of taking it easy i got in for the whole 20 min an now im burnt an it hurts to even sit or walk cuz i got burnt in the part of the leg where it bends at the knee cap would the balck tee work for this or is there something else i should try an does it have to be a certain kind of tea. someone plese give me advise on this i could really use the help thanks.
abook3 years ago
I am soo glad I found this!! I'm getting married in exactly 13 days and I ended up getting "sunburn" lines today, thanks to my fiance and his need to have the top down. I am freaking out about the sunburn AND the tan lines that will result after the burn is gone. Hopefully this trick will work for me as well as it has for everyone else on here, because that is one less thing, of way too many, that I will be worried about. At least if it works I'll be able to start trying to figure out how to get rid of the lines in less than two weeks...yikes!!! Anybody have a quick fix for that?? Thanks in advance!!!!!!
dscăunaş3 years ago
Okay I have a pretty bad sunburn on my back and tomorrow I'm going to Florida so I needed to find the quickest way to get rid of this sunburn! Last night I couldn't sleep and i had this spray that supposedly treats a sunburn, instead I was twiching all night. I decided to look on the web and thank god I found this! I'm setting this up and hopefully it should work... How long does it take to heal a moderatly bad sunburn?
cindy093 years ago
Does green tea also work instea of black tea ?
Please answer as soon as posible , i have a bad sunburn D:
Dudeyowuzup3 years ago
Do take note of the part about not getting your clothes wet: Black tea can be used to dye fabric, so try not to get it on anything you don't want brown spots on!
Also, Birdy Jane, I agree with your plan to do tea first, then aloe. Aloe not only soothes the skin, but also leaves a moist barrier -helpful in fighting skin dryness, but can impede the absorption of the tea into your skin if you don't apply the tea first.
Birdy Jane4 years ago
 But my Earl Grey tea packet says Ingredients: Tea, bergamot flavouring.

I have other packets, not Earl Grey, that list black tea as only ingredients.

So, do I use the Earl Grey or the black? My husband let the kids burn horribly today, and I'd like to see to them, before I see to him.
drpepper8412 (author)  Birdy Jane4 years ago
Either or; as long as it's strong!
And try to go easy on him =)