Summertime means sunburn season for Hoosiers, and if you are fresh out of aloe at home, you most likely have some items that will do the trick to relieve the burn.

We are in the middle of a pretty brutal heat wave here in Indiana. Temperatures this summer are expected to be above average. In fact, according to recent reports, we could experience the most impactful heat wave of the 21st century. Despite the heat, a lot of people are spending their free time outside on the boat, swimming, and fishing. It's summertime, why wouldn't you want to soak up the sun and have some fun? However, when it comes to being outside in the summer, you also risk getting those dreaded sunburns.

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These surprising hacks might be what you need for sunburn relief this summer in Indiana!

We all have had them in our life. Some sunburns are worse than others. Sometimes, it's not super hot or it may be a little cloudy outside, so you think that you might not need any sunscreen. However, that's how you find out the hard way that sunscreen probably would have been a good idea...when it's a little too late.

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No one likes it when they get a sunburn. You try aloe, but that doesn't seem to help. Sometimes you can't even move around wearing a shirt without it hurting. Oh, and don't get me started on taking a shower! Then what happens when you run out of aloe and need instant relief?

Weird Little-Known Ways to Soothe a Sunburn released a few home remedies that you can try to soothe a sunburn. Now, I must warn you that some of these sound pretty weird. But if your sunburn is bothering you enough, you won't care what you are rubbing onto your skin, just as long as it works.

Shaving Cream

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Rub some shaving cream on your sunburn because it contains menthol. According to, shaving cream evaporates fast, which means it will take the sunburn with it.


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Bet you never thought about this one! quotes Taylor Shea:

"Stuff an old nylon stocking with oats and place under the faucet as you run some cool bathwater. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes and air-dry yourself so you don’t wipe off the healing oats with your towel."


Cherry tomatoes

There are two ways tomatoes can help your sunburn. You can eat them to take advantage of the lycopene found inside tomatoes. This will improve your skin's ability to protect itself from UV rays. The other option is to rub tomato juice all over your skin. The tomato juice will help clean up the redness and inflammation, while also soothing the skin.

Plain Yogurt


Get yourself some plain yogurt and lather it onto your skin. Leave it on for about 10 minutes to let the probiotics do their magic to repair the skin.

Baking Soda

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You baked out in the sun, now you are going to want to continue the baking, with baking soda. Put a handful into cool bath water and soak for 20 minutes to soothe inflammation.


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All you have to do is lightly soak a washcloth in milk and put it directly on your skin. It can take some of the pain away and speed up the healing process. Milk will help cool your skin down when you have a sunburn. According to Delish, the vitamin A and vitamin D that are found in milk will help you heal. Not only that, but the lactic acid will exfoliate your skin and will get rid of all the dead skin in the area. So if you're fresh out of aloe, no need to run to the store, just open up the fridge and use some milk!

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Soak a towel in "a 1:1 dilution ratio of apple cider vinegar and cold water, then press it on your sunburned areas," according to You just have to forget about the smell.

Pomegranate Seeds

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Pomegranate seeds are an antioxidant-filled snack that will keep the skin from burning.


Raw Organic Baby Gold Potatoes Ready to Eat

Cut raw, refrigerated potatoes into thin slices, and then gently apply them to sunburned areas. Their starchy compounds are where it's at for sunburn relief.

So, keep this handy this summer in the event you need some quick sunburn relief. You might find that not only will it save you money on aloe, but some of these might even work better!

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