Summer: the season for carefree, sun kissed beach days. Inadvertently, good skincare gets thrown out of the window with the rest of our worries. On our mission for golden skin, we sometimes “forget” everything we know about SPF and UV rays, and end up with a boiled lobster look. Whether you napped a little too long in the sand or didn’t use sunblock while playing beach volleyball, your sunburned skin will need all the help it can get to recover. Of course, if it’s severe you may need to see a doctor. But if you’re dealing with light sunburn, Travelle can help you heal.
Here are the best ways to treat your summer sunburn:
Calm Your Body
Your burnt skin is furious with you for trading in SPF 50 for tanning oil. Calm your body down at the first signs of sunburn with an ibuprofen like Advil or Motrin, which will take the edge off redness, swelling and pain. It’ll cool down your skin, prevent it from worsening and make getting dressed hurt a whole lot less.
Let Nature Take its Course
The natural healing process isn’t a pretty one. Skin will peel, blisters will form, and you’ll want to scrub off every patch of dead skin cells you can find. As tempting as it is, resist touching! Don’t pop, scratch or pick at anything. If there’s one thing that can make vacationing with a sunburn worse, it’s a skin infection.
Cool the Pain Away
When you’re brunt to a crisp, it’s time to get out of the ocean and into a tub. Fix yourself an ice bath or just soak in some cool water to get your body temperature back to normal. Anything cold will relieve the itching, redness and swelling brought on by sunburn, but beware of taking showers. The hard streams will only irritate your sensitive skin. You can also try using a cold milk compress for 15 minutes to help sooth burns. The fat and proteins in milk work really well to soothe irritation.
Hold Off on Heavy Products
We all know UV rays cause some serious damage and can prematurely age skin, so your initial thought might be to layer yourself in anti-aging creams. Don’t do it. While it’s important to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated, anti-aging products usually contain retinol or alpha- and beta- hydroxy acids which are extremely harsh on raw, sensitive skin. Hold off on your usual anti-aging routine until the sunburn is gone. In the meantime, go heavy on lotions and potions that contain vitamin C and E, antioxidants, ceramides, oatmeal or soy, or use soothing aloe vera (rich in A, C and E vitamins) to keep your skin happy while it heals.
Heal Your Body from the Inside Out
While there’s plenty to do on the outside to treat sunburn, it should be healed from the inside, too. It causes dehydration and fatigue, so keep a constant flow of liquids coming in. Coconut water and green tea are great for fast rehydration and will help protect you from future damage. Have salmon for dinner, snack on nuts, or just eat any foods rich in omega-3s to help heal and defend your lovely skin from UV rays.
With these tricks, you should be back on the beach in no time. Covered in a good quality sunscreen, of course!