Effective Ways of Using Tea Bags to Heal Sunburns You Should Know

Updated on December 31st, 2019
tea bath for sunburn

What do you do if you are at the beach and you realize you haven’t applied a sunscreen? Panic with the fear of getting sunburn? Not anymore. You can use tea bags for sunburn that immediately calms down your skin.

Sunburn(1) can be excruciating, which is why you must always apply a sunscreen before stepping out in the Sun for long hours. If the skin is exposed to the Sun for a long time, the UV rays could affect the skin, causing itching, breaking and peeling of skin, redness, and inflammation.

In the event of experiencing something like this, use the safest remedy – tea bags for sunburn.


  • Tea bags have multiple uses other than for consumption as a beverage- they are used for medicinal purposes since ancient times.
  • Sunburn isn’t a life-threatening condition, but getting one frequently, could make you prone to cancer.
  • Sunburns are, at times, treated as first degree burns.
  • Sunburn can easily be prevented by using a sunscreen with a high SPF.

[Also Read: Top 5 Amazing Ways to Treat Sunburn]

What Makes Tea Bags so Useful to Treat Sunburn?

You might be surprised to know that an unusual remedy as tea bags for sunburn is beneficial in reducing the burns.

  • Tea bags work for sunburn because it contains a substance called tannin that acts as a protective layer on your skin.
  • Tea bags protect skin from UV damage and prevent inflammation of the skin.
  • This is an excellent home remedy to balance the pH balance of your skin.
  • Tea is a storehouse of antioxidants that promotes the healing of the skin.
  • It contains a component called ECGC (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) that is anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic.
  • Owing to the polyphenols it carries, it helps reduce the redness caused by the burn
  • Tea bags help in calming the heat from heat burn.
  • Tea is rich in catechins. It prevents skin damage caused by the Sun.

You can use any tea, depending on the properties it contains. Green teas, black teas, chamomile all have effective benefits of their own.

How to Use Tea Bags for Sunburn Effectively?

SPF mishaps can happen to anybody. So everyone who’s ended up with skin appearing like a lobster can try the home remedies using Tea bags for sunburn.

1. Using Green Tea

Green Tea

Green tea contains components called tannic acid and theobromine, which helps to get rid of the hurt, damaged skin that causes pain due to sunburn.

First, boil water in a pan. Add one or two tea bags to it and cover it with a lid. Let it soak in for an hour.

Remove the tea bags and use a cotton ball to use the water for the affected area.

2. Tea bath for sunburn

As it may be difficult to cover an entire affected area with tea bags(2), a tea bath will solve the purpose.

Boil 6 cups of water. Add five tea bags to the boiled water and allow it to steep for 15 minutes. You can use Green tea or Black tea for this. Remove the tea bags and pour this into warm water prepared for bathing.  Soak it for half an hour and bathe with the water.

Repeat twice daily until the sunburn heals.

[Also Read: Home Remedies for Sunburn]

3. Tea Treatment with Tea Bags

tea bag

This is an effective and immediate treatment for sunburn.

Boil 5 cups of water and add five tea bags to it. Boil it for 10 minutes and then allow it cool. Take a clean washcloth to soak in tea water for 15 minutes. Wring and apply it on the sunburn. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with water. Repeat thrice daily until your sunburn recovers.

You can drink plenty of tea so that the tea your body too. To get optimum benefits of tea, use multiple forms of tea bags together. You must remember to use a sunscreen when you step out to avoid sunburns.

Wear loosely fitted clothing and don’t ever try to peel off the affected skin. It can lead to an infection. Always ensure the tea is never hot when applied to the skin. Drink plenty of water and if the situation worsens or your symptoms don’t improve, immediately see the doctor.


1. Can Tea Bags for Sunburn Prevent Cancer?

Yes, it does as it acts as a protective layer on your skin. But you must always wear sunscreen every time you step out in the Sun as the UV rays are very harmful to your skin.

2. How Frequently Can I Use Tea Bags for Sunburn?

You can use it up to three to four times daily, and until the sunburn heals completely. Use green tea and black tea together to yield the maximum benefits of tea.

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