How to Soothe a Sunburn With a Milk Compress

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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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