Joy. As summer is starting soon, I see more and more people walking around looking like poor little bright red tomatoes. As said earlier, it’s warmer outside. Let’s do the math:
-A: Once a sunburn has occured, there is really nothing you can do about it besides help ease the pain that comes with the sunburn. There are many products and painkillers out on the market to help reduce pain, but a cold shower or bath can feel cooling to the burning sensations. Remember to dry skin gently by patting with a soft towel, NOT rubbing. You don’t want to irritate the skin more than it already is. The best thing to do is keep skin moisturized with something soothing and gentle while the sunburns are healing. Moisturizers that contain oatmeal and natural plant extracts are great, because they are naturally soothing and are easily absorbed. Even though skin looks as though it is better and the pain has lessened, the skin is not done healing yet. The outer layer of damaged skin will peel in order to reveal healthy skin below. Do NOT pick at it, as tempting as it is, because skin that is not ready to come off naturally and is picked at will hurt. Badly. Once the sunburn has completely healed, it should be of the past, but know that every time you get any type of sunburn, it increases your chance for skin cancer.
Some of my favorite skincare products with SPF or help skin with sunburns:
1. LUSH Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser $10.50 for 3.5 oz.
Natural colloidal oatmeal helps soothe and moisturize itchy, irritated skin that comes with sunburns in a non-greasy formula that’s easily absorbed.