With summer comes warm weather, days spent at the pool…..and the worst sunburn of your life. At least, that’s what happened to me a few weeks back. Sunburns are the absolute worst, and if you’re unfortunate enough to get one, you’ve got to act quickly to heal and repair your skin. Here’s everything I used, plus my tips, on how best to tackle a sunburn.
First, the main thing you want to focus on when you notice your skin is starting to turn red is to get out of the sun and start addressing the burn. Just because you get out of the sunlight doesn’t mean you’ve fixed everything. Your skin continues to burn even out of the light, so you need to work on cooling the heat. Soaking in room temperature baths, applying pure aloe vera gel, and using cool compresses are all great ways to help cool your skin. Avoid using ice or extremely cold water because your body will try to heat up to combat the cold, which is the exact opposite of what you want. Also, stay out of the sun and be extremely gentle with your skin until it has healed.
Once your skin stops burning and begins to heal, you’ll notice that it has become extremely dry. It’s important to use a light moisturizer, like Soap & Glory’s The Righteous Butter Lotion, to add some hydration back into your skin. On top of this, make sure to be drinking lots of water because sunburns will dehydrate you (plus, staying hydrated will help your skin repair faster). If you get sunburned on your face, I recommend using a light facial spray that has been chilled in the fridge. Mario Badescu’s Rose Water Facial Spray is perfect for this because it’s light yet hydrating, plus the cool spray will feel amazing on your burned skin.
Now that your sunburn has finally healed, you’re likely to never risk getting one again. I’ve made sure to always have adequate sunscreen on hand at all times to avoid another burn like that last one. I don’t have much experience with different sunscreen brands and which ones are best, but I recommend picking up something with an SPF of at least 30. Surprisingly, I’ve found that the generic baby sunscreen from my local grocery store works just fine, and didn’t cost a ton. The reason I bought the baby version is because it has an SPF of 50, so I know my skin will be well protected.
Have you ever gotten a sunburn? How did you tackle it?