Preventing and Treating a Sunburn: The Right Way!
Sep. 28, 2020
With summer nearing an end in the U.S., many of us are soaking up some of our last full days outdoors before hunkering down for colder weather. We are squeezing in amusement park trips, camping, road trips, and in my case, a final kayaking trip! You may have noticed that by spending this extra time in the sun, you are getting a final sunburn too. Or, depending on where you live in the world, you may be approaching the thick of summer now!
Sunburn occurs when prolonged exposure of UVA and UVB rays rapidly damage skin cells in the epidermal layer. Inflammation occurs, causing pain and redness which gradually darkens into a tan for most. We develop a tan as a defense mechanism against the sun, as melanin-rich skin is naturally more resistant to sun damage. Fair skin tones are more susceptible due to the lack of natural melanin. Understand though, darker skin tones still need to wear sun protection. No one is immune to skin cancer. Many people will get what is referred to as a “base tan” from a tanning bed before a vacation in an attempt to prevent a burn. You will likely still get burnt from a tanning bed, and it’s just as damaging, if not more, to your skin. I don’t recommend it in the slightest. Prevention is key!
Ideally, you wouldn’t get burnt in the first place. Here are some tips to help prevent it.
Almost all of us know the importance of wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, but some of us don’t follow through as much as we should. Always wear sunscreen on exposed skin. If you will be in direct sunlight, getting wet, or sweating, make sure you reapply generously every 2 hours. Here's a useful chart to help you figure out how much SPF to apply for different areas. You can always follow the 2 finger rule for your face and neck as well!
Helpful tool: How Much SPF to Apply to Your Body.
Biore UV Aqua Rich ~$14.47 USD and Neutrogena SheerZinc ~$10.97 USD
*Pro Tip: Wear SPF even on cloudy, rainy, cold, or snowy days. Sun damage doesn’t cease just because you can’t see the sun. Although it may seem excessive, I preach (and practice!) wearing SPF every day, all year round. It’s the best way to prevent skin cancer and early aging.
*Pro Tip: Make sure to apply to your chest, neck, eyelids, ears, top of hands, and back of the neck, as these places are delicate and get forgotten about often when applying SPF.
2. Sun Protection Clothing
If you are especially prone to burning, even when wearing sunscreen religiously, you may want to invest in sun protection clothing. Of course, you’ll want to apply regular sunscreen as usual first. Sun protection clothing will just give you an extra layer of defense. You can find almost every article of sun protection clothing you could need. Short and long sleeve shirts, pants, gloves, hats, and even masks now!
*Pro Tip: Some women I know like to keep a pair of gloves in their car and wear them while driving (which I find genius). This prevents sun exposure while your hands are on the wheel!
Hats are one of the easiest ways to give extra cover to the delicate skin on your face. Wide-brimmed hats are not only stylish but can prevent a burn altogether! Combined with sunglasses, a good hat can prevent you from squinting your eyes, which causes crow’s feet and lines between the eyebrows.
Once you’ve gotten a sunburn, it can be hard to ignore. Here are some of the best ways to assist in the healing process.
1. Cool the Affected Areas
Just like with a typical burn, cool temperatures can give you some relief from the initial pain that accompanies sunburn. Take cooler showers as to not irritate the skin further. Alternatively, you can run a washcloth under cold water and gently hold it on burnt areas. It will also feel amazing on your sensitive, inflamed skin.
2. Aloe Vera
The popularity of aloe for sunburnt skin isn’t just marketing. Aloe is a natural antioxidant and is abundant in vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, and enzymes, all of which help reduce inflammation in the skin. This means it will soothe pain, reduce redness, and hydrate to promote the healing process. I like this one from Amazon because the ingredients are straightforward, and it's a huge bottle for a fair price. https://www.amazon.com/Organic-Aloe-Freshly-Plant-Powder/dp/B00XTTFI6K/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=aloe+vera+gel&qid=1601192722&sr=8-5
*Pro Tip: Vitamin C is also a great antioxidant, one that can help heal damaged skin faster. Layer a Vitamin C serum or another antioxidant-rich serum under your SPF to help your sunscreen work to its full potential!
3. Don't Pick at Your Skin
Severe sunburns usually come with peeling or flaking skin, blisters, and itchiness. If you do experience these side effects remember that touching your skin excessively will just make the burnt areas more irritated. Don’t pick off flaky skin- let it fall off on its own. And keep the area moisturized. Blisters may burst, just be sure to clean the area and if possible, apply an antibiotic ointment and cover. Itchiness can be resolved by taking an antihistamine, like Benadryl.
4. Stay Out of The Sun
After a burn, one of the worst things you can do is get more sun damage! The sunburn will deepen in its severity and linger. It can be hard to avoid the sun completely, especially on vacation, so I’m not saying to miss out on activities. Just be sure to pay extra attention to your sun care routine, and double up on some methods of prevention if you can!
5. Change Up Your Skincare Routine
In the days leading up to sun exposure, you will want to limit the use of exfoliants, acids, and products that perpetuate cell turnover. Things like Retin-A or glycolic acid make your skin so much more sensitive to the sun. Cut these out of your routine a couple of days (a week or more would be ideal) before spending extra time outside. Introduce them again only after your sunburn is fully gone. Adding them back in too soon will really aggravate your already vulnerable skin. Hydrate internally and topically to strengthen the skin before and after sun exposure. This moisturizer from Mazi Miami combines antioxidants, squalene, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin C making it perfect for post-sunburn or any other irritations.
Mazi Nutritious Multi-Effect Moisturizer ~$58 USD
Use this link ~ https://mazi.store/#ARIANAROSEMAN for a discount!
Good old-fashioned Vitamin D is an essential contributor to our well-being and serotonin levels. Even though us estheticians and dermatologists preach heavily on the dangers of the sun, I truly believe in its role in my happiness. Enjoy the sun, enjoy the outdoors, and enjoy your vacations to the fullest. Just remember to always take the extra steps to protect your skin so a sunburn doesn’t slow you down!
Drunk Elephant- The Littles 🐘
I won this cute little kit in a raffle & I couldn’t be more thankful! I have always wanted to try these products but never wanted to spend the money on all of them incase I didn’t like them! Inside this kit are the following products: DRUNK ELEPHANT - Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser Deluxe Sample DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 That’s literally a whole skincare routine! So far I started out my day with one of Drunk Elephants infamous “Face Smoothies” I washed my face with Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser & then combined C-Firma Day Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, & Protini Polypeptide Cream together on my mixing trey with a disposable skincare spatula! I applied it all over my face & neck. Once that absorbed, I applied Umbra Tinte Daily Defense SPF 30 over my face & neck & was done! I love how the kit comes with steps to walk you through different routines you can use in the morning or at night! I will do a follow up review after I have used all the products for a few weeks! But so far, my skin feels & looks great! I have been breaking out lately & haven’t felt the best about my skin so I really needed this pick me up!! Thank you for reading! You guys are the best!! ❤️ @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
HOLY GRAIL SPF 🌞🌞🌞
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Skin Barrier Skin Savior 🙏🏾
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DISAPPOINTED BY THESE 100% NATURAL PRODUCTS 😩
I was so excited to try these out because I love moisturizers & I am always in search of a good one! These looked & sounded very promising! They’re from a woman owned company, completely natural, vegan, & cruelty free! However, I was quite disappointed. EARTH HARBOR - MERMAID MILK Nutrient Glow Moisturizer This moisturizer claims to give you a glow right away & it contains spirulina + matcha. I was excited about the matcha because it has so many amazing benefits for skin. It has a very whipped consistency which I like. However it always contains essential oils that were strong, although not toooo strong for my liking. But I’m really just not a fan of essential oils in my face creams. The moisturizer did make my skin appear a little brighter but the cream just sat on my face. All day long I could touch my face & still feel the cream sitting there! I hate that feeling! It also almost gave me a greasy appearance after a while? Not a fan. EARTH HARBOR - SIREN SILK Multi-Tasking Hydration Creme This one was absolutely awful. If I could give it 0 stars I would. It says to use it at night time & the apply it at least 5 minutes before bed so it can absorb on your face & not your pillow. It contains Sea Retinol + other Superherbs which normally make me love a product! But that just wasn’t enough here. First, when I put it on my face my eyes started to actually burn & I felt suffocated from the scent. It was THAT strong. Guys, I’m not being dramatic at all. The smell like attacked me it was crazy! I have never had something like that happen with a face cream! I couldn’t believe how strong the fragrance was. & to top it off, it wasn’t even a pretty smell. My husband described it as smelling like floor cleaner. But I powered through. The longer I had it on, the more “used” to the smell I got. So, I wore it overnight. But then I woke up even more upset with it! I had pilling all over my face. It almost looked like my face was peeling but it wasn’t, it was jus the cream. One thing I cannot stand about a moisturizer is pulling. That’s enough for me to throw it out! It also didn’t really even moisturize my face that well! All in all, I hated this experience. But if you want, you should try them out for yourself, don’t let my experience deter you from trying something new! I however, will be sticking with my Youth To The People Dream Mask & Superfood Whipped Moisturizer! Love those two!! YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream 💗💗💗 @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
Double Your Lash Length With Sky High Mascara!
I bought this mascara after seeing a post about it on Facebook. I love trying out new mascaras but rarely do I find one that I will use regularly like my beloved tarte - Maneater Mascara However this stuff is good. MAYBELLINE - Lash Sensational Sky High Waterproof Mascara It gave my lashes so much volume & length they literally doubled in size! My lashes are already pretty long to begin with but this made them look amazing. The photo is after applying only one coat so I can only imagine how good they will look after two or three coats! It also didn’t clump up my lashes at all. I applied it really quickly & lazily too because I was in a rush to get ready & I was still amazed! I honestly think this is going to be my new daily mascara. It is waterproof but not the annoying kind that leaves your eyes completely black when you go to take it off. It came off really easily with my POND'S - Facial Moisturizers Dry Skin Cream which is what I’ve always used to remove my eye makeup, since I was a kid! @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
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