"Aloe is the gold standard at-home treatment for sunburns, given it is anti-inflammatory and calms the skin," says Caren Campbell, MD, a dermatologist with a private practice.
Sunburn — or the more severe sun poisoning — is not pleasant. In the short term, you wind up with tight, red, painful skin. Long-term it can increase your risk of skin cancer and premature aging. But aloe vera can help you find relief, at the very least.