These should only be applied or used after the initial redness and burning has subsided a bit. Do not apply anything other than cold water or cold milk on the sun burnt area for first 24 hours.
Cool milk compress: Take cold milk in a bowl and dip a washcloth or gauze into it. When the gauze or washcloth is saturated, let the excess liquid drain off. Drape across your burn, pressing gently so that it stays in place, and leave it on for 2-5 mins. Repeat as many times as required depending upon the calming effect it provides.
Honey compress: Take a cotton ball and dip it in honey. Apply this on the sun burnt area.
Aloe vera compress: You can dip a cotton ball in aloe vera juice and apply on the sun burnt area.
Oatmeal compress: Add oatmeal into your bath water, wait for 5-10 mins letting the anti-inflammatory properties leak into the water. Then bathe gently in the oatmeal-infused water to relieve the burn.
Mint & tea compress: Mint naturally cools and soothes the skin. The tannic acid and theobromine found in green tea helps relieve pain and heal damaged skin when applied topically. Preparation & application- Bring water to a boil. Take some tea leaves or tea bags and fresh mint leaves in a bowl and pour boiling water over the mint leaves and tea bags. Cover with a lid, letting is sit for approximately an hour so you can get all the good stuff out of it. Strain and then chill. When the mixture has chilled thoroughly, use cotton pads or a clean soft cloth soaked in the liquid and apply directly to the sun burnt area.
Cornstarch compress: Make a paste of cool water (20-25° C) and cornstarch. Apply this paste on the affected area and leave on there for some time. Rinse it off completely before it dries out.
Potato compress: Wash and cut a potato (with the skin/ peel) into small pieces. Put them in a blender or food processor. Blend until it becomes quite a liquid form (if it is thick you can add some water to it). Soak cotton balls/ gauze in this and apply on the affected area.