Family health

How to soothe a sunburn

A cool trick to make your kid's sunburn a little more bearable.

Illustrations: Alex Mathers

Illustrations: Alex Mathers

1. If your kid had a little too much fun in the sun (and now has a sunburn to show for it), try this. Squeeze aloe vera gel (choose a product as close to pure as you can) evenly into an ice cube tray (use a tray with fun shapes, if you can find one, as they’re easier for little hands to grip).

Illustrations: Alex Mathers

Illustrations: Alex Mathers

2. Place filled tray on a flat surface in the freezer and let set for at least 30 minutes, or overnight for best results.

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Illustrations: Alex Mathers

3. Pop out a cube and grip with a face cloth. Apply to sun-chapped skin. The face cloth will absorb the extra aloe as it melts, making for easy cleanup.

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