Who would have thought that plain old vinegar would be the best thing to take the sting and colour out of sunburn?
THIS STUFF WORKS | If I were forced to go back to grade school in the coming days and then asked to write an essay about the coolest thing I learned on my time away from the classroom, I would definitely wax lyrical about how I discovered that common household vinegar is a rock solid remedy for sunburn.
Going For The Burn
I usually apply sunscreen when I am out on a boat, but the one time this summer that I didn’t do it, I got a crispy sunburn on my shins and the tops of my flip-flop loving feet.
“Did we bring the vinegar?” my friend Heather asked her skipper husband Tom after gazing at my red, hot legs following a particularly sunny afternoon sail on their boat.
“The what?” I asked, imagining myself slathered in Annie’s salad dressing.
“The vinegar,” Tom repeated, digging into a duffle and pulling out a spritzer bottle with clear liquid in it. “Let me see those legs of yours,” he said, spraying the front of each one of them with a fine and stinky mist.
Tom assured me that the sharp smell of vinegar would dissipate after a few minutes, and it did. He told me the acid in the vinegar would soothe my pain, stop my skin from getting redder and actually cause it to turn a golden brown—all of which it did. What a surprise.—Ruth Rainey