Sunburn, yuck! While sunburn is one of the major pitfalls of summer, it’s bound to happen to you at least once or twice in your lifetime. And even though I’m sunscreen obsessed, sunburn has plagued me more times than I’d care to admit this summer.
Stupidly on more than one occasion this summer, I’ve said screw it to sunscreen while laying by the pool or at the beach and I’ve been gifted with lobster red skin that’s left me in pain for days if not weeks.
Not only is sunburn horribly painful it’s ugly to look at. Now don’t think I’m being over dramatic, but I could be, when I say my sunburn this summer has been the worst I’ve ever experienced.
My first bout of sunburn left my calves burnt to a crisp, leaving me hardly able to walk and forcing to hobble around for nearly three weeks. Swelling, blisters, and extreme redness followed. Pretty sure I had sun poisoning. Sounds lovely, right?
Well since I didn’t learn my lesson the first time, I am currently blessed with my second helping of sunburn as I type this. Currently, my faces is 50 shades of red, with horrible dry patches making me look at least 20 years older. Super fun!
So since I’m the sunburn queen of the Summer of 2016 I thought it would only be fitting that I share my wisdom with you.
Tip 1: WEAR SUNSCREEN. Baz Lurman wasn’t lying when he said to wear sunscreen! Do it everyday, every time you’re in the sun. If you wear sunscreen properly, you won’t need the rest of my meandering advice.
All kidding aside, sunburn is no joke and can have long-term effects like premature aging, wrinkles, and even cancer.
Tip 2: Pop an ibprouphen, which has anti-inflammatory properties and will help with any pain, swelling, and redness. Also, hydrate,hydrate, hydrate. Your skin is most likely severely dehydrated so drink up to help replenish your skin and help it to heal faster.
Tip 3: Take the sting out of your skin. There are dozens of rememdies out there to ease the sting of sunburn. Those include everything from rubbing tomatoes on your skin, bathing in oatmeal or tea, or placing milk-soaked wash cloths on your skin.
Tip 4: Slather on the Aloe. Aloe is your best friend, repeat after me. Aloe is your best friend. I keep mine in the fridge so it’s extra cold when I apply it.
Tip 5: Adjust your skincare. When dealing with sunburn you can’t just go about your normal skincare routine you must adjust. Right now I’m using a rotation of Garner Micellar Water as a cleaner since it’s so gentle, and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream to help heal my skin.
To treat my skin further I’ve been using Leaders’ Get Rid of Your Ex Skin-Cells sheet masks,which gently exfoliate the skin to remove all that dead sunburned skin. Followed by Leaders’ Too Much Fun In The Sun sheet mask which is calming and nourishing. These sheet masks and the the FAB cream are helping my skin heal so nicely.
*Sidenote: My sunburn was so bad I had to get microdermabrasion to get rid of all the peeling and dead skin cells. On the positive side of it my skin felt baby soft.
How do you deal with sunburn?