It happens. We take every precaution to prevent summer sunburn and sun exposure, but despite the many warnings from the skin care specialists that we most trust, we fail.
Sometimes, we simply forget the sunscreen, and an afternoon at the pool turns into a night of torture, as if your skin has turned into hot pavement on a 5th of July afternoon. Other times, it is just simple vanity. We remember the “good ole days” when sunbathing and tanning made us look younger and healthier. No matter that the facts against over exposure to the sun have proven the golden days of yore were wrong, a little inner voice tells us, “Go ahead, get just a bit of a tan for that healthy glow.” And then, the next thing, hours later, we feel that scorching burn and our skin feels like fire.
OK, then what? There is hope. Here are the 5 top remedies for that burn.
- Hydrate. Drink as much water as you can.
- Take a cool bath to help cool the temperature of your skin. Do not take a shower. The water pressure against the skin is painful and not helpful for damaged skin. If there is no bath, gently sponge your skin with cold water.
- Take a pain reliever such as Advil to help reduce the pain. Reducing the pain can help get a better sleep at night.
- Use aloe. Directly from the plant offers the best healing, but over-the-counter aloe works magic too.
- Master esthetician La Donna McWhorter says, “The best product we sell to repair sunburned skin is “Rescue” by CosMedix. It is fabulous. It will basically repair the skin after any trauma. It is wonderful.”And don’t get burned twice. Once healed, contact Spa LaDonna! “we offer treatments for hyperpigmentation (brown spots and brown patches) resulting from sun exposure. ” If you want that glow like the “golden days of yore,” check out jane iredale’s self-tanners like Tantasia for a natural, sun-kissed, “Malibu Barbie” look.