This Mom's 30-Minute Sunburn Hack Could Save Your Summer

Layla Harris

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A mom in Texas recently shared a family hack for curing bad sunburns in just 30 minutes. Cindie Allen-Stewart let the social media world in on a little-known secret that she learned after getting married. Apparently, this trick has been passed down for generations in her hubby's family.

Sunburn Hack Shaving Cream
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Instead of reaching for the aloe first, this family has opted for a more unusual fix: shaving cream. That's right! As Cindie explained on Facebook, a person suffering from a bad burn would need to purchase some foam Menthol shaving cream for this hack to work. But, according to the mom, the steps are quite simple...

Menthol Shaving Cream Hack
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"Apply the shaving cream on the burn. It may seem like it's a strange shaving ritual, but trust me! Don't rub it in, just let it sit on your skin. It will start bringing all that heat out (you'll be able to feel it). You may feel like you are itchy too, but that's a good thing! Itching means healing," Cindie explained.

Sunburn Healing Hack Menthol
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After about 30 minutes, the burn should begin to feel a cooling sensation. "THAT IS A GOOD SIGN," Allen-Stewart assured. Per Cindie's process, the shaving cream will have slightly dissolved and dried out in some areas. After this happens, it's time to rinse off the substance with lukewarm water.

Menthol Shaving Cream Sunburn
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Cindie noted that people's skin reacts differently to the sun's rays, so some may just need a single pass of cream on their burns, while others might need another go the following day. "Usually after that second treatment, the sunburn disappears," Allen-Stewart explained. After her post reached more than 43K likes, 65K comments, and 233K shares on Facebook, the stay-at-home mom hopped onto the platform to clear some things up.

Family Method Sunburn Healing
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"It's not just 30 minutes and done. It's 30 minutes, rinse. The next day, if you still feel hot areas of a burn, reapply. Then wait another 30 minutes and rinse," Cindie said. For all of the commenters that have shared doubts about this method, the Texas resident added, "My mother-in-law actually learned of this from a doctor about 40 years ago. She thought it was crazy then too until she saw it in action." So, it seems this method is doctor and mom-approved!