Can You Actually Soothe A Sunburn With Tea Bags?

Walking in from a day at the beach and realizing you've brought back a nasty sunburn with you is no fun. Skin is bright red, raw to the touch, and maybe even beginning to blister. As diligent as we are about SPF, sometimes the sun can still slip in and leave its dreaded burning mark. According to the Mayo Clinic, overexposure to the sun can cause dark spots, wrinkled skin, and an increased risk for certain cancers. But what's done is done. Now you need to focus on the best way to treat your accidental burn, and surprisingly, the best remedy may already be in your kitchen.

Katie Beleznay, M.D., a dermatologist in Vancouver, tells Women's Health that tea bags may be the healing fix you need after a day in the sun. "The tannins and antioxidants in tea do have anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve the skin of painful symptoms, so you may end up feeling less discomfort," she says.

The tannins in tea can provide needed relief

Beleznay goes on to tell Women's Health that tea bags can provide that sweet relief your skin needs after a painful sunburn. However, she cautions that more thorough research is still needed on the subject. "There still isn't a significant body of research specifically on this usage nor the benefits of tea for the skin more broadly," she says.

So how does this process work exactly? Insider suggests starting by dipping two black tea bags in warm water. Not too hot, however, as your skin is already scorched. Allow tea bags to soak for about a minute. Pull out the soaked bags from the water and gently press them against the burned or affected areas of the skin.

Although black tea is recommended due to its high concentration of tannins, green tea works as well. "Green tea has been shown to possess a number of beneficial properties including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects," says Beleznay.

We love tea as a beverage. Its comforting warmth can soothe even the roughest of days. So it's an added bonus that it can also be used to soothe our burnt skin after a day of tanning.