▷ How to Use Coconut Oil for Sunburn

How to Use Coconut Oil for Sunburn

By Sabrina Wilson / October 27, 2016
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In recent years, coconut oil has emerged as a true super food with its myriad of healthy perks for those wise enough to be using it. Unlike name-brand cooking oils, coconut oil is high in naturally saturated fats. Remarkably, coconut oil increases the healthy cholesterol (HDL) and even helps convert the bad cholesterol (LDL) into good. However, many people are just now beginning to realize it’s not just for cooking anymore.

Inside Out

Studies have proven coconut oil can be beneficial to your exterior as well as the interior when applied topically to the hair or skin. Readily absorbed by the skin this smooth emollient soothes dry and damaged skin like an expensive lotion…sans (without) the chemicals.

Coconut oil can be used to help relieve the pain of dry skin caused by sunburn or weather in general.

There are multitudes of ways in which coconut oil can be used to relieve sunburned skin in addition to being a burn preventative.

What Makes Coconut Oil so Great for Treating Sunburn?

Because the same naturally healthy and healing properties are at work as when consumed!

  • Helps heal sunburned skin and relieves inflammation as it contains lauric and a unique combination of other fatty acids.
  • Nourishes and moisturizes dehydrated skin.
  • Helps reduce the discomfort of excessively dry and peeling skin.
  • Contains vitamin E and D along with other nutrients and proteins essential for soft skin.
  • Not only soothes burned skin, but also tightens it to help prevent permanent damage such as wrinkles and skin darkening.
  • Chock-full of antioxidants that destroy free radicals.
  • Readily absorbed into the skin.
  • Helps regenerate your skin with its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  • The act of applying coconut oil helps increase blood circulation which promotes faster healing.

Important Note: Whatever you choose for an oil, make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality. Remember, you're breathing this oil into your lungs so essential oil quality is a terrible place to cut corners.

What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial

Coconut Oil

You may wonder if there are different types of coconut oil and the answer is yes, there are. Given that, here’s a fact that may surprise you. There is essentially no difference in quality between Virgin coconut oil and Extra Virgin oil so don’t be duped into paying more for Extra Virgin Oil.

Home Made Sunscreen is Best

You can create your own sunscreen and sunburn lotion by combining essential oils and other natural gels with coconut oil. Below is a list of options of natural oils that blend well with coconut oil and create a wonderful skin lotion for natural rejuvenation or as a sunscreen.

Vitamin E is great for your skin.

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These also help to sooth and relieve sunburn.

These oils can help sooth irritation and peeling from too much sun and when combined with coconut oil, produce an effective sunscreen.

Others to Blend with Coconut Oil

When combined with coconut oil, the aforementioned oils help reduce inflammation, pain and itching. Other soothing blends to include Beeswax, Honey and Sea Buckthorn Oil. These combinations can also be used to help relieve sunburn.

How to Use Coconut Oil for Sunburn or Sunscreen​

Pro tip

You should wait at least one day after you burn your skin before you think about applying coconut oil. If you use it too soon, it can actually hinder the skin from healing as it can trap heat. On the first day, use water or aloe vera to help begin to heal. Apply a cool, damp cloth to skin every half-hour for cooling relief.

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Your Coconut Oil Choice

Coconut oil comes refined and unrefined. Virgin and Extra Virgin oil is made from fresh coconut meat (copra) and is expeller pressed.

You can buy coconut oil that was expeller-pressed or cold-pressed-both are fine. Many folks feel the way to go is organic, cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, whether applying it topically or taking it internally as in recipes or for use as a healthy cooking oil.

Apply Coconut Oil Directly

STOP! If you’ve suffered a bad sunburn, wait a day or so before applying coconut oil directly to your sunburn. When ready, gently massage it into the skin for a few minutes or leave on overnight.


Combine Coconut Oil with both Lavender Oil and Aloe Vera

This not only helps sooth sunburns, it also acts like a sunscreen lotion. Mix together ¼ cup of coconut oil with a couple drops of both aloe vera gel as well as lavender oil. Apply this compound to the sunburn and allow it to dry.

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Combine Coconut Oil with Castor Oil and Essential Oils

Castor oil is also great at repairing and rejuvenating the skin, while essential oils nourish it. Mix together, in a bowl, ½ cup of coconut oil, and ¼ cup each of liquid aloe vera, castor oil and two tablespoons of vitamin E oil and 5 to 10 drops of essential oils if you want some fragrance.

TIP: Do not use apple cider vinegar on broken skin. It burns!

Coconut oil and an Essential Oil

Mix 20 drops of either chamomile oil or lavender essential oil with four ounces of coconut oil. Apply to sunburn and massage in gently before removing with a soft washcloth.

TIP: Do not use this combination of ingredients until a day or two after you get the burn. You can also mix ¼ cup of coconut oil, five drops of lavender oil, six drops of peppermint oil and six drops of rosehip oil. Put this mixture into a cool bath and soak for 30 minutes to help relieve the burn.

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Make Coconut Oil Sunscreen

Melt together one (1) tablespoon of Shea butter and two (2) tablespoons of coconut oil. Add in drops of carrot seed oil (if you have it), ½ teaspoon aloe vera gel, ½ teaspoon of sesame oil and one (1) tablespoon of avocado oil. Place the mixture into a glass jar and allow to cool. You can then use this as your regular and natural sunscreen lotion.

Make a Mixture to Help Sunburn Itch

Combine two tablespoons of coconut oil with between two and four drops of tea tree oil then apply it to the sunburned area and gently rub it in. Leave it on for a few minutes before washing and applying the aloe vera gel.

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Combine Coconut Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar

You can also use this as a sunscreen. Mix together one (1) cup of water and ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray it on the sunburn and let it dry. When dried, apply coconut oil.

Remember: DO NOT apply apple cider vinegar to recently cracked or open skin. It hurts!

Sea buckthorn will help promote cell growth as well as reduce pain and swelling. Honey is great in helping heal burns as well.

Directions for Soothing Oil

Heat one (1) teaspoon of beeswax until it is just about to melt. Add in ¼ cup coconut oil then finish melting both together. Next, add in one (1) teaspoon of sea buckthorn oil and ¼ cup of raw honey. Stir together for 30 seconds before removing from the heat. You can then either use ½ teaspoon of rose water or aloe vera gel. Put the mixture into a container and let cool overnight before applying.

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Coconut Oil Reference Guide

  •  Virgin Oil- Chemical free processing using the fresh copra (meat) of the coconut. The most pure. Excellent oil!
  • Extra Virgin- No different than Virgin coconut oil, employs the same process.
  • Refined Oil- Many people love refined CO because there is no coconut taste and it retains all the benefits. As long as it is expeller pressed you are fine to ingest or apply this seemingly magical oil.
  • Liquid Oil- While still fine for recipes and application to the skin, this oil has been fractionated to remove the oil. In the process, some beneficial aspects have been lost such as lauric acid and others. This oil is the least pure.

As you have read, there are many ways to use coconut oil for the treatment and prevention of sunburn. We hope you have enjoyed reading this tutorial.

Please comment, feel free to share, and thanks for reading!

About the author

Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is an author and homemaker who is passionate about a holistic approach to health. When she is not writing she can be found tooling around in her garden with the help of her appropriately named dog Digby, bicycling in the park, and occasionally rock climbing…badly. Sabrina is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.

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