If you’ve ever tried to soothe a sunburn after being at the beach on a hot summer day, then you know exactly how uncomfortable it can feel. Especially if you live in the south where the sun feels like it might actually want to kill you, sunburns can happen pretty easily if you aren’t careful.
People try all sorts of remedies to soothe a sunburn, the most common one being aloe vera. After getting a sunburn, you just want to put something cool on your skin to help ease the pain and the stinging feeling. Some people take Advil or another kind of mild anti-inflammatory to relieve the redness and swelling; still others try certain types of lotions or creams that claim to help with a sunburn. However, this Texas mom had a different trick up her sleeve to help soothe her sunburn.
Texas Mom Reveals How to Soothe Sunburn In 30 Minutes
The secret to soothing a sunburn? Menthol shaving foam (yep, you read that right).
A mom of two from Mount Calm, Texas, Cindie said she learned this hack from her mother-in-law who heard it from a doctor 40 years ago. To use this hack to soothe your sunburn, simply apply the shaving foam to your skin and leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off. Make sure you don’t rub it in; just let it sit on your skin.
However, Cindie says that you can’t just put it on once and have your sunburn disappear. You must reapply it as long as the sunburn gives you discomfort, and leave it on for 30 minutes each time. To give you a first-hand example of how well this hack works, we’ll share Cindie’s personal before and after photos.
Three days after original photo was taken.
The secret ingredient is the menthol, which helps ease the pain and itching associated with sunburns. Shaving foam also contains coconut and other types of oils which allow the foam to lather; these oils have a positive effect on sunburns as well. While this method seems solid, it isn’t without risks, either. Besides the unnatural, harsh ingredients found in most shaving foams, it can’t be left on skin very long without causing irritation.
If you do use the menthol shaving foam to soothe your sunburn, try testing it out on a small area of skin to see how your body will react. You can alternatively try a natural aloe vera cream, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, or lavender oil to help your sunburn heal faster.
If you try the menthol shaving foam for a sunburn, let us know how it works for you! (Be sure to buy a shaving foam with menthol in it, as this is the active ingredient that will soothe your sunburn.)
As you can see, this hack to soothe sunburns works like a charm! Cindie gives more detailed instructions on Facebook: