Sea, Sand, & Sun: How to Prevent & Heal Your Sunburn
Hopefully your Fourth of July weekend was filled with good friends, yummy BBQ and plenty of sunshine! Between taking a dip in the water and filling up on scrumptious BBQ, it’s easy for skincare and sun protection to drift into the back of your thoughts. A little sunburn can happen to even the most diligent of skincare-junkies, but don’t make it a habit! Here are a few tips on how to soothe your skin and prevent a burn from happening ever again:
- After a long day soaking up the sea and sun, take a cool shower to get instant burn relief, and make sure you use a non-drying soap to wash away any sunscreen buildup and salt or chlorine residue (both of which can dry out your skin further, making your burn feel 10x worse). To avoid further damage to your skin, opt out of any harsh face and body exfoliators for a few days.
- Moisturize! Your skin is thirsty, and can get itchy and irritated as it tries to heal itself. Following your shower, apply a hydrating body butter; this will help skin lock in moisture and rehydrate.
- If your burn is especially uncomfortable, apply aloe vera; it’s cooling, hydrating, and exactly what you’ll want if your skin is screaming at you.
- We all know that you’re supposed to get at least 8 glasses of water a day, but it is especially vital when you’re outside in the blazing sun. Drinking all of that H2O will keep your body keep hydrated and will lead to faster healing.
- The delicate area around your lips is easily overlooked, and it’s one of the easiest places to burn. Always use a lip balm or stick containing SPF and if you do manage to burn your pout, apply a thick lip balm or butter to help rehydrate and soothe.
- Achieving the perfect beachy waves is every girl’s dream, but the sun and salt can be damaging and drying on your locks, especially if you have color-treated hair. Try using a hair conditioning or detangling spray (or anything that has a UV protectant) before venturing out for the day. Also, make sure to deep condition once you get home!
- Speaking of hair, if you’ve ever experienced an awkward and uncomfortable scalp burn, you know it’s something you don’t want to go through again. Strange as it sounds, make sure to apply a little bit of sunscreen to your scalp, focusing especially on your part. And don’t forget your fashionably floppy beach hat!