Mom Shares Unusual Home Remedy For Soothing Even The Worst Sunburns That People Now Swear By
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Mom Shares Unusual Home Remedy For Soothing Even The Worst Sunburns That People Now Swear By

Mom Shares Unusual Home Remedy For Soothing Even The Worst Sunburns That People Now Swear By

A day in the sun is a lot of fun, but the ensuing sunburn is not. Those red blisters that make showering a nightmare are a cruel punishment for enjoying a little rest and relaxation, and worst of all, there’s no cure but patience…or is there?

A mother from Texas recently posted a strange sunburn remedy she’s used for the last decade and the results are unbelievable. Plenty of critics questioned her sunburn solution, but few could argue with the results…

People knew Cindie Allen-Stewart of Mount Calm, Texas, as a mother, a wife, and businesswoman. Recently, however, she let her friends see another side of her…

Cindie Allen-Stewart / Facebook

On June 22, 2018, the mother shared her method for treating those pesky burns so common in the summer months. Her insight fired up sunburn haters everywhere.

She felt compelled to share her treatment method after a severely sunburned friend of hers admitted she didn’t know any way to dull the burn’s pain. For all of Facebook, she shared her own sunburn (below)—then healed it.

Cindie Allen-Stewart / Facebook

“Usually,” Cindie wrote on her Facebook, “it takes just a couple days [to heal a sunburn] from start to finish, but this [method] takes the heat out of it fast and makes it more comfortable on you.” So where to begin?

“First, you buy some Menthol foam shaving cream,” she wrote. “It has to be the foam and it has to have menthol in it.” These two factors are key.

Next, as you might’ve guessed, Cindie suggests spraying—not rubbing—the shaving cream on to the burn. “It may seem like it’s a strange shaving ritual,” she wrote, “but trust me! Don’t rub it in, just let it sit on your skin.”

Cindie Allen-Stewart / Facebook

Letting the shaving cream sit on the burn, as Cindie noted in her Facebook post (shared over 230,000 times), draws out the heat still lingering in the burn—”you’ll be able to feel it!” But you might feel something else, too.

As the cream works its magic, Cindie warned you might feel unbearably itchy. “But that’s a good thing!” she wrote. “Itching means healing.” Next, let the cream sit for 30 (itchy) minutes.

 In the meantime, “the shaving cream will…seem like it’s not as moist and a little dried out,” she wrote. “You will feel as if you’re becoming a little cold, at least on the sunburned part of your body. THAT IS A GOOD SIGN!”

After letting the cream work for half an hour, Cindie shared the final step: wash it off with cold water. Your burn should start feeling better almost immediately, but, Cindie warned, there’s still more work to be done.

Anthony Quintano / Flickr

“It’s not just 30 minutes and done,” Cindie wrote. “It’s 30 minutes, rinse.” Then, “the next day, if you still feel hot areas of a burn, reapply. Then wait another 30 minutes and rinse.” BUT just look at what one treatment did for Cindie’s sunburn!

Cindie Allen-Stewart / Facebook

Still, the second she submitted her post, critics and sunburn enthusiasts lunged for their keyboards—and some of them brought concerns to Cindie’s attention. Like, why not just use aloe?

Plenty of research suggests that the extracts of the succulent aloe vera plant soothes nasty sunburns just fine. What can shaving cream do that aloe can’t? Well, Cindie had an answer for that.

Cindie admitted that aloe worked for her in the past, but the shaving cream method “works so fast,” she wrote. “Seriously, lather, wait 30 minutes, rinse.” Just one TV show with the family. She also noted aloe doesn’t soothe everyone

Danny Baza Blas / Flickr

“My husband [left] cannot use aloe,” Cindie wrote. “He has said it feels like acid on his skin.” Since the aloe comes from the garlic and onion family, those allergic to those foods might not jive with aloe. Other criticisms of the shaving cream method?

Some users shared that menthol burned their skin just as the aloe burned Cindie’s husband. And indeed, studies linked menthol-based pain relieving gels to serious burn risks. Cindie fired off a response. 

“In the 10 years I’ve known about this,” she wrote, “I’ve never felt as if the menthol burned on my skin. It has always felt very cooling instead.” And, she confirmed this wasn’t some hokey, unsafe method…

“My mother-in-law actually learned of this from a doctor about 40 years ago,” she wrote. “She thought it was crazy then too until she saw it in action.” Still, Cindie ultimately had one piece of advice for those skeptical of the method.

Senior Airman Nancy Hooks / U.S. Air Force

If you don’t like the shaving cream method—or doubt that it works—don’t use it! By sharing it, she said, “I just figured I’d help my friends out a bit to show them the way I use.” But her final note to readers?

“Please remember to always use sunscreen!” she wrote. “By no means am I endorsing going out without sunscreen!” But hey, if you do burn, maybe give Cindie’s shaving cream method a try?

Doctors agree that shaving cream is a great moisturizer, so there may be some truth to Cindie’s shaving cream method! Do you have any sunburn remedies?

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