So you know very well that sunscreen is important! But you had an incredible day at the beach, too much fun, a cocktail here and there and didn’t follow the recommendations to REAPPLY!! Hopefully you learned your lesson and won’t let it happen again. But the damage is done and your skin feels parched, red and sore. Here are a few steps you can take to get your skin to a somewhat healthy state and make things more comfortable.
One of the first things you need to focus on is hydration inside out. Drinking plenty of water is essential to heal the sun damage and restore your body and skin. Make sure you drink at least 8 cups of water during the day.
Start by a cleansing shower, you need to get rid of all the sweat , dirt and gunk from your body. This will allow your skin to better absorb the products applied afterwards.
Make sure you moisturize your body right after shower. I like using body lotions with Aloe Vera and cucumber. They are super hydrating and cooling. And do reapply them as needed. Sunburned skin is super dehydrated and it soaks the moisture right away.
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If things feel really uncomfortable you can try some of those home remedies that work pretty good and will ease the feeing of burning.
Yogurt- it restorers skin’s natural barrier, balancing the pH level. Apply a thick layer plain yogurt on any areas you want to soothe. You might want to get help from someone if you need to do your back. Wait 15-20 minutes and gently wipe off with a damp towel or wash it out in the shower. Your skin will start cooling down pretty quick and will feel much better. Repeat as necessary.
Aloe vera gel is another great remedy for sunburn. Really cooling, soothing and hydrating. Everything you need right now! If you have a plant at home that’s your best bet. If not you can purchase aloe vera leaf from most food markets or grocery stores. Slice a leaf in half and run the inside part of it all over the affected skin. Keep reapplying throughout the day as your skin is most likely super dehydrated and will absorb it immediately.
Cucumber- this veggie that is probably already in your fridge is 90% water and is rich on vitamin A and C that are great to combat irritated or inflamed skin. Use refrigerated cucumber to add a little extra cooling. Slice it and put the slices on the sunburned skin.
Your face will probably suffer the most and will show some damage first.
So we need to take extra care of it.
Make sure you wash your face with mild cleanser and avoid any exfoliating products for at least 5-7 days.
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A sheet mask that you pop in the refrigerator for a few minutes before applying it will feel like heaven. Try to get one that has soothing ingredients like rose water, which hazel, camomile and loaded with vitamin C, vitamin E or Collagen.
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Or a soothing and extremely hydrating gel mask can do great for your skin.
Cucumber Extreme De-Tox Gel Mask- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fs9ejcc5s47
Hydration is very important to bring back the natural balance of the skin and make it recover faster. So you need to add serums and facial oils that will ensure you have that extra hydration boost.
Hyaluronic acid serum applied on your clean wet face will lock in that extra moisture.
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Another serum you should definitely add is vitamin C , it will help boost cell recovery.
Vitamin C serum:
Try to use a face moisturizer that is fragrance free so it doesn’t further irritate your already broken and sensitive skin.
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Have a facial spray handy to mist your face throughout the day for some cooling effect and hydration.
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And don’t forget to load on the sunscreen next time!!
My sunscreen picks: