apple cider vinegar

Sometimes the quest for the perfect suntan can go awry. It happens to the best of faithful sun worshippers -- too much time soaking up the rays and not enough sunscreen. If you happen to over do it at the beach or at poolside and your skin feels like it’s burning up, try using apple cider vinegar (ACV) to relieve some of the pain and discomfort. When applied over the affected areas, apple cider vinegar draws the heat out of sunburned skin. The vinegar smell isn’t very nice, but your skin will feel and look much better.

Mix 1 to 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar with 1 to 2 cups of cold water. Using either a washcloth or strips of gauze, soak the cloth in the vinegar and water and then wrap the cloth around the sunburned areas. Repeat wrapping your skin with the vinegar soaked cloth as needed. Apply an aloe vera skin moisturizer to counteract the drying nature of vinegar.

Use the same ingredients and ratio as above. Pour the apple-cider-vinegar-and-water mixture into a spray bottle. Spray it directly on to sunburned skin. Let skin air dry and repeat as needed. Apply an aloe vera skin moisturizer.

Add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to your bath water. Bathtub water should not be hot, but rather cool. Soak in the bath for 30 minutes. Dry off by dabbing, not wiping, your skin with a soft cotton towel. Apply an aloe vera skin moisturizer.


  • If you don't like the smell of vinegar, shower off after an hour of application.