Preventing and Treating a Sunburn: The Right Way!
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!
GRWM! New products and some old!
Hello everyone! I did another GRWM using some new and old products! First I started off with a primer. I used e.l.f. - Poreless Putty Primer I was actually really surprised by this. It reminded me of Tachas silk canvas primer. It went on smoothly and did a good job of blurring my skin. I will say though after I looked at my makeup in the mirror up close it did settle a bit into my pores and my creases and was pretty noticeable. Overall I think this is a good product and will work for people with smoother skin. e.l.f. - 16HR Camo Concealer Then I used the elf concealer. I love this concealer. I’ve used it so many other times in my other videos. WINKY LUX - Diamond Powder Foundation Then I used the winky lux foundation. This actually went on so nicely and was super natural looking. I love how it’s so weightless and decreases shine. I would recommend this for people with oilier skin. the CRÈME shop - "Macro Brow" Angled Brow Pencil + Spooley Then i used macro brow. This is just to fill in the last bits of my eyebrow to look fuller. It’s easy to use and has a great price point. I just wish the pigment was a little easier to apply. You have to push so hard. RITUEL DE FILLE - Rare Light Crème Luminizer My favorite brand of highlighters ever. Just so pretty and pigmented. All natural and cruelty free. An amazing brand overall. 💞 fresh - Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 I used a tinted fresh lip treatment. Love the way they hydrate and the subtle color it gives off. They also smell and taste really good 😂. Hope you enjoyed getting ready with me! Let me know if you have any questions about the products I used.
Curology vs The Ordinary! Which is better?!
Curology - Curology formula This is the first photo! Did wonders for my skin it was the best it had ever been since I started getting acne in middle school. Curology literally saved my skin, it was clear and great! (Over a year later) The second photo:/ I decided to stop using curology around 2 months ago and start using ordinary products. I decided to do this because I wanted to see if the ordinary could do the same thing as curology and maybe make my skin even better. This wasn’t because curology was bad or anything It was just something I wanted to test. I was pretty confident in my skin so I didn’t think it would be bad. I saw on social media how great it was so I figured why not? ... After slowly introducing ordinary products into my skincare routine to ( i used both ordinary and curology products together) I could see that my skin was breaking out more when I introduced the ordinary products. I didn’t think much of it cause I knew that my skin was just purging from the new products. After about 2 months of using both curology and ordinary products I decided to just try ordinary products because my skin was breaking out a lot and I felt that the ordinary would help it. (I think should’ve stuck with curology but this was just my curiosity about the product). ... (Now) I am on week 6 of using all ordinary products and this is what my skin looks like (photo 2) and I’m not happy with the results:/The first couple weeks I knew I would be purging, my skin was at its worst a couple weeks ago (week 3). But I figured that by now or next week my skin would be clear( the only reason I felt that my skin would be pretty much clear by now or next week was because while using curology all my acne was gonna by week 7). So I’m still trying to figure out if I wanna continue to use the ordinary products for a couple more weeks before I give up because it’s not giving me the results I want. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I don’t really know how to rate this because obviously it hasn’t worked for my skin very well but I’m not sure if it’s because my skin needs more time to adjust (it has been 6 weeks so...). I think that this product works great for some people but for me definitely not. Right from the start of using it, it broke me out and then once I only used this line of products it made my skin terrible. I also used The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Which didn’t do much in the 6weeks I used it. I did feel like it helped my acne a little. Overall I really did wish this line of products would help my acne and make my skin clear like curology but that wasn’t the case. This product line is definitely not for my skin. I’ll write out my skin care routine comparisons in my next post!
The Organic Skin Co.
Have you tried this brand yet. This brand is The Organic Skin. THE ORGANIC SKIN Co. - Cheeky Lips • This product is a blush and lip product. Versatile, multi-purpose blush Designed to provide a perfect natural flush and the pout to match. • Cheeky Lips comes in eight bangin’, long-lasting, highly pigmented colors. • Whether you’re looking for a soft pink blush for your cheeks and lips. • Organic castor seed oil and supercritical extracts of rosemary, pomegranate and calendula will help to replenish your cheeks and lips, keeping them smooth and healthy. 💭 I wasn't sure how to use this product when I first received it. The color is very pretty. The texture is soft and smooth. I used this on my lips. The color is very pigmented and long lasting. I tried this on my cheeks and wasn't a fan. It was too greasy for my liking. #The Organic Skin - Natural Lipstick[products]#[TwoStars] • This lipstick comes in 12 colors. With the added benefits of calendula and rosemary supercritical extracts, as well as nourishing organic oils and carnauba wax. Shades: Coral & Ruby Red 💭 I really wanted to like these lipsticks. The packaging is so pretty. The issue is the texture. These lipsticks are a little rough. I wasn't able to wear it by itself. You Definitely have to apply a gloss before using or it will break. Unfortunately it became to stressful to use. lol They wouldn't apply the right way. #The Organic Skin - TASK FORCE NINECALENDULA AND TURMERIC CREAM [products]#[FiveStars] • Infused with 9 active natural ingredients – aloe vera, jojoba seed oil, lemon peel oil, calendula, turmeric, rosemary, honeysuckle, vanilla, and seabuckthorn – this multi-tasking treatment cream has moisturizing, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. 💭 This is a nice everyday cream. The texture is nice and light. It leaves your skin smooth and moisturized. It's non-greasy and smells amazing. This cream is good for all skin types including sensitive skin. #The Organic Skin - The Eyes Have it[products]#[FourStars] • With 8 colors to choose from you can mix, match and blend our cream eye shadows. Highly pigmented, long-lasting, multi-hued, and full of supercritical extracts. How to use: Using your finger or an eye shadow brush, apply to your eyelids. Shades: Greenstone & Silhouette 💭 These are really nice eyeshadows especially if you like cream shadows. It's easy to apply and the texture is smooth. Once these shadows dry down, they stay in place. My issue was on of the shadows was hard. It kept rolling up as I was trying to get it out of the package. The shades are very pretty especially greenstone. It's very pigmented. I'm not sure if I would purchase any of these products. Your thoughts? (Gifted) #whoisnee #cheriecreator
🎯Ingrown hairs—these two little words conjure🎯
In our quest for smooth, stubble-free skin, ingrown hairs are an annoyance at best and cause for concern at worst (trust me- you don't want to see what they look like when they get infected)🤐 The cause of ingrown hairs isn't complicated. Simply put, when your hair starts to grow, sometimes it curls inward and gets trapped back under the surface of your skin. This can happen because dead skin cells clog up your hair follicle (so always, always exfoliate), but ingrowns also exist just because of your hair's natural growth pattern—so, unfortunately, those with curly hair may suffer the most! ￼Aspirin-Honey Treatment This recipe is a double whammy. Not only does aspirin naturally contain salicylic acid, but honey also has antibacterial properties, which can help reduce the possibility of inflammation and infection. 🔎Ingredients: 3 uncoated aspirin tablets 1 tsp. honey 1/2 to 1 tsp. water or oil Directions: Add warm water or oil to a bowl Add honey Crush aspirin tablets Mix together Leave mask on for 10 minutes Wipe off entirely with warm water ￼Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Coconut oil, for example, is hydrating, keeps skin moisturized, and reduces inflammation.4 It's basically our winter skin savior. Mix it with raw sugar and you've got a winner. You can use this scrub daily until you see an improvement, and then you can switch to two to three times a week. Just be careful that the scrub isn't too abrasive. 🔎Ingredients: 1 cup of raw sugar 1/2 cup of coconut oil 10 drops of tea tree oil, or your preferred essential oil Directions: Combine sugar and coconut oil in a bowl Add in essential oil Mix together Apply and then rinse using warm water Dry with a clean towel ￼Baking Soda and Oatmeal Treatment I am huge fan of baking soda and how amazing this ingredient is! And rediciliously cheap. Baking soda, which is a great exfoliator, helps reduce and prevent ingrown hairs. Oatmeal has a soothing effect, reducing redness and irritation caused by exfoliation. 🔎Ingredients: 1 tbsp. baking soda 1 cup of water 1 tbsp. ground oatmeal Directions: Mix baking soda and oatmeal together Add water to the bowl Stir until it has a paste-like texture Using a cotton pad, scoop up the mixture Apply to the affected area and let sit for 10 minutes Rinse with warm water ￼Oil-Based Serum if you're particularly sensitive, it's best to avoid overly harsh scrubs. Abrasive scrubs like sugar and salt scrubs do exfoliate the skin but often at the expense of causing excess skin irritation 🔎Ingredients: 1 tbsp. castor oil 1 tbsp. hemp oil (optional) 10 drops tea tree oil Directions: Find a reusable glass bottle Combine castor oil and hemp oil Add tea tree oil to mix Apply combination after shaving to prevent irritation alba BOTANICA - Acne Dote, Face & Body Scrub Oil-Free CeraVe - SA Moisturizing Cream For Rough & Bumpy Skin GLYTONE - KP Kit Amlactin - Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion
Sensitive Skin Game changer ❄️
What is the product? Avène - Thermal Spring Water Spray How does it work? Thermal Water works by soothing the skin and calming any irritation What are the notable ingredients? Mineral Spring Water What is the price? $18.50CAD Where can you purchase? Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall Pharmacy and online How long have I been using it for? I’ve been using thermal water for over two years, I started off using this product on my body and now still use it on my face What is my experience ? My experience with thermal water has been good, I suffer from eczema on both my body and face. It was hard finding products that wouldn’t irritate or cause a flare up. When that happened this product saved my skin and soothed it. At first I was not exactly sure how water would help my skin, but after doing research thermal waters are meant to have healing properties for the body and skin. What are my thoughts? This product is nothing short of amazing, you are able to use it for multiple areas and it lasts so long. The mist is super fine which makes it perfect for spraying on large or small spots, and pressing into the skin similar to how you apply a toner. Would I recommend to a friend? I would absolutely recommend this product to a friend or family or even someone looking to help soothe their skin but who doesn’t want to break the bank!! My overall rating? 5/5 Would I repurchase? I have and will continue to repurchase this product until I find something that exceeds how amazing this is! #CheriePartner
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