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Labor Day Weekend Recipes To Remedy A Sunburn

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With a West Coast-based practice, dermatologist Dr. Peter Kopelson has encountered plenty of sunburn situations over the course of his career. And while those with burns of the more severe variety should head directly to their doctor, a number of solutions can be found far closer to home to remedy too many hours spent soaking up the last rays of sun on Labor Day. Here, Dr. Kopelson shares his favorite everyday ingredients for sunburn soothing should you overdo it at the Rockaways this weekend.



Potatoes

“Grate potatoes and apply directly to the burn. Retain the juice from the potatoes, which should be included with the actual gratings.”

Milk

“Soak towels or gauze in cold milk and apply directly to burned areas.”

Yogurt

“Apply a thick layer of plain yogurt to the sunburned area.”

Tea

“Make a very strong pot of regular black tea [like Earl Grey]. Refrigerate the tea until it’s completely cold. Dip washcloth or gauze into the cold tea and apply as compresses to the area of the sunburn.”


Cornstarch

“Mix a small amount of room-temperature water with cornstarch to make a paste. Apply the paste to the area of the burn and allow it to dry. Then dissolve a few tablespoons of cornstarch into water in a spray bottle and spray onto areas of the dried cornstarch paste for extra soothing.”

Baking Soda

“Add a few heaping tablespoons of baking soda to a cool bath and soak in it for 15 minutes.”

Apple Cider Vinegar

“Make a solution of one part vinegar to two parts water and refrigerate to cool. Use gauze or washcloths dipped in the cold solution to make a compress.”

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