Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved to swim. She would swim and play and swim some more, and since nobody used sunscreen in the 1970s (at least not in her family), she was really tan. Her Daddy said she was “as brown as a little walnut.”
Then as she got older, she started using sunscreen and couldn’t get tan even if she tried. She “laid out” in the sun the summer before her wedding, and despite all her hard work she ended up just about the same color as her wedding dress.
Several years later, she was at her son’s Little League game and was so engrossed that she forgot to reapply her sunscreen. By the end of the game, her shoulders were as red as lobsters! And they hurt like nobody’s business.
What was she going to do? She knew she had to drink lots of water to help her body heal. But what could she put on the burn? Her aloe plant had died (she is called BROWN Thumb Mama, not GREEN Thumb Mama, after all). Then she remembered some advice from a friend that sounded a little crazy.
“But why not give it a try?” she figured. So here’s what she did:
- Wet a washcloth with cool water and wring it out.
- Dip a corner in raw apple cider vinegar (this is my favorite brand) and dab it on the sunburn.
- Then moisturize with coconut oil (I prefer Tropical Traditions).
“That’s amazing!” she exclaimed. Her sunburn didn’t hurt, she didn’t smell like a salad, and she didn’t have to take any medicine. And she lived happily ever after (naturally).
Just a reminder: I’m not a doctor, and this is not medical advice. Always dilute vinegar before applying to skin, especially with children; and don’t use other types of vinegar.