How to Soothe a Sunburn With a Milk Compress


The discomfort from mild and moderate sunburns can be easily treated at home with common household products. While there are many aloe-based gels, sprays and lotions that are designed for this purpose, you can save money and a trip to the store by going to your refrigerator for your healing solutions.

Things You'll Need

  • Skim milk
  • Cold water
  • Spoon
  • Ice
  • Wash cloths
  • Large bowl

Create a mixture of one part skim milk and four parts cold water in a large bowl. Stir the mixture together well.

Add a handful of ice cubes to the liquid and allow it to cool down even more.

Soak a washcloth in the mixture. Allow the excess to drip off into the bowl, but do not wring it out.

Apply the wet washcloth to the sunburned area. For sunburns covering several areas of the skin, prepare additional washcloths in the same way.

When a washcloth begins to feel dry or loses its coolness, soak it in the solution again and re-apply it to the sunburned area.

Soak every sunburned area with the milk compress for about 30 minutes. Repeat the process about every four hours for as long as the pain and irritation persists.

After each milk compress treatment, rinse the treated areas with cool water. Otherwise, the traces of milk left behind may start to smell.

Tips & Warnings

  • Milk is effective for soothing sunburns because it is high in protein, and the protein builds a protective layer across the damaged skin.
  • Over-the-counter pain relief medicine is a great complement to this treatment for mild and moderate sunburns.
  • Severe sunburns can have greater health implications than just redness and discomfort. People with severe cases should seek medical attention.

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