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Having fair skin and loving to swim, I have had sunburns since I was a child. For mild sunburns (reddened skin, mild heat), I suggest a cool water bath that has vinegar added. Water should be no more than lukewarm when added to the tub. Add a big splash of white vinegar to the water, then soak in it for at least 15 minutes. Do NOT get water in your eyes - it really stings! The longer you soak, the more cooling effect the bath has. Pat dry with a towel (don't rub since that will irritate the skin). Apply a moisturizing lotion or aloe gel, and cover with loose clothing.

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By the next day the redness should be gone and tenderness, too. This method is not recommended for toddlers since they splash and "play" too much in the bath and would get vinegar water in their eyes or mouths. It won't kill them, but it can make them cry.

Source: My mother, grandmother, aunts all did this to us when my cousins and I were small - long before SPF sunscreens. Some of the cousins tanned, some burned, but we all played outdoors most of the summer.

By Melody Bressler-Hay from Oak Ridge, TN

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August 19, 20110 found this helpful

A great idea, though I would consider any sunburn dangerous. Why not some super water resistant SPF 30+ reapplied more often, they even make a few that go one wet skin these day!

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August 20, 20110 found this helpful

I am also fair skinned and have loved to swim all of my life. I have heard about this vinegar bath countless times over the years, and since it goes around so much it must work great for a lot of people.

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But I want to add a warning to this. Try dabbing (using cotton balls) some of this onto a small spot on your body somewhere. Not everyone can take the vinegar on a sunburn. Believe me, I found out the hard way! It sent me literally screaming into the shower!

So before laying in this vinegar bath water, test it on yourself on a small spot that's easily washed if it starts to burn. If it does burn you'll be so thankful you tested first! If it doesn't and the vinegar bath works for you, then that's great.

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August 20, 20110 found this helpful

Another way of using the vinegar water is to dip a hand or bath towel into it and lightly wring it out. Then place the wet towel over the sunburned area.

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This was shared with me by my gramma 50 years ago. Thanks for making me think of it.

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