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Mashed Potatoes Cure Sunburn

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We've all been beet red after staying in the sun too long. Ouch! Do you grab the Aloe Vera? Maybe next time you could just head to your pantry for a remedy.

There are a bunch of quick, easy and effective ways to treat sunburn right in your house that may actually help it to heal faster. Like potatoes. Yes, potatoes. 

I haven't tried this, but I am told the plain old potato is a wonderful sunburn pain reliever. Actually, it is also pretty good for poison ivy too.

Just take two peeled and washed potatoes, cut them into small chunks, and place them in a blender. Blend until the potatoes are runny paste. Add water if they look dry. Pat the burned areas with the pulverized potatoes. Cover with a loose bandage. Change the dressing every hour. Continue applying several times a day for a few days until the pain is relieved. You can also apply the potato mash and let it dry, then wash off with a cool shower for shorter term results.

Another couple of pantry remedies are:

Cornstarch. Because you sometimes miss those hard-to-reach spots with suntan lotion (along bikini lines, underneath buttock cheeks, or around the breasts and armpits) these spots can be particularly red. These burn spots then face daily irritation from tight elastic in bras and underwear. To ease chafing, cover the burned area with a dusting of cornstarch. Don't apply petroleum jelly or oils, which can exacerbate the burn by blocking pores. If the burn is blistering, however, don't apply anything.

Add old fashioned Oatmeal to a cool bath--not cold water because that will send the body into shock. And, not hot water, since that will cook the oatmeal. LOL. Scoop 1/2 to 1 cup oatmeal into a full bathtub. It's an ideal skin soother


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