This Is How You Can Use Essential Oils to Treat a Sunburn

A sunburn can range from a pinky glow to a blistering burn. To treat everything in between, check out which essential oils dermatologists recommend.

How to treat sunburn

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Sunburn isn’t fun for anyone, especially if you’re on vacation and need to get relief quickly. While there are plenty of natural ways to treat sunburn, what about essential oils for sunburn?

“The goal of treatment after sunburn is multifactorial—your skin needs intensive rehydration and a calming agent to help with the inflammation,” says dermatologist Mara Weinstein, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group. “We also need an antioxidant to scavenge the free radicals and help repair sunburn cells.”

Essential oils you should look for


“Tea tree oil, lavender, geranium, peppermint, coconut, and chamomile are all soothing, especially with sunburns,” says Dr. New York City-based dermatologist Michele Green, MD, a RealSelf contributor. “I like chamomile the best. It can be applied immediately after a burn. Coconut oil also is really soothing, much like aloe vera gel.” Here are some other essential oils that do wonders for the skin.

Head to the nearest convenience store or shop on Amazon to pick up these essential oils for sunburn for anywhere between $ 3 and $ 10 a vial, depending on the size and type.

Extra ingredients to soothe sunburn

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If you can’t get your hands on essential oils for sunburn, look for products that contain those ingredients, as well as ingredients such as avocado oil, vitamin E, and vitamin C.

The vitamins work well together to repair damaged skin, says Dr. Weinstein. “These are key antioxidants and help with wound healing after insult whether it be sunburn or a laser procedure which is essentially a controlled sunburn (without the UV damage).”

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