13 Foods That Fight Sunburn

Soothe—or prevent—scorching sunburn with common kitchen ingredients.

By Leah Zerbe


Catechin, a compound in green tea, is a significant fighter against sunburn.2. Tea

Sunburn-fighting effect: Green tea’s catechin compounds help protect against the sun’s harmful radiation; its tannic acid helps soothe sunburn pain.

Utilize it! Studies suggest drinking just two cups a day could help provide a bit of added sun protection. (You should still use other sun-protection methods, like nontoxic sunscreen, sun-protective clothing, and time in the shade.) If you’re suffering from a scorched face, soak two tea bags in cool water and apply them to your aching eyelids. Tea’s tannic acid will ease sunburn pain.

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