Summer’s (almost) here!

 

Unfortunately, a sunburn can happen to the best of us,  even if we are avid SPF users (and of course, we all are, right?). ????

 

For example, you slather sunscreen  on like there’s no tomorrow, but yesterday before heading out to the Mountains,  you accidentally missed covering your entire forearm. And the back of your neck. And your ears. It was about 35 degrees, there was not a cloud in the sky, and you didn’t reapply in the four hours that you were outdoors. Life happens, I know.

 

Here are 7 tips you can follow to minimize the damage that’s been done to your skin. (Hey, you live, you learn)

 

 1. Take an over-the-counter ibuprofen (Advil). It acts as a pain reliever and inhibits prostaglandins, the mediators of sunburn, and help alleviate redness and burning.

 

2. Take a cool bath and add a few tablespoons of oatmeal to the water. It will help calm the skin.

 

3. Apply cool compresses to the skin. My favorite ones use Avene Thermal Spa Water sprayed on soft cotton compresses and applied on the sunburnt areas. This water is anti-inflammatory and will help bring down the heat and burning sensations. It can also be directly sprayed on the skin as often as you want. You can never have too much Avene Thermal Spa Water.

 

4. Stay hydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of water to support the healing process of the skin.

 

5. Make aloe vera gel ice cubes. You can use an over-the-counter organic aloe vera gel or use the sap straight from the plant. Put in ice cube trays and when solid, gently slide on the skin – it’ll help heal the sunburn quicker.

 

6. Use a soothing emollient cream to nourish parched skin.Sunburns draw moisture to the skin’s surface away from the rest of the body. Our favorite is LaRoche-Posay PostHelios Melt-In Gel. (keep it in the fridge for that extra cooling sensation)

 

7. Stay out of the sun.  Please. And don’t forget to apply (and reapply) sunscreen on a regular basis.

 

If the aftermath of your burn proceeds to worsen, or if you suspect infection, contact your doctor immediately. Otherwise, these tips above should do the trick!

 

Moving forward, here are our favourite sunscreen products (don’t forget to reapply every 90 minutes please!)

  1. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF50 (mineral sunscreen, universal tint)
  2. SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical SPF50 (mineral sunscreen, clear)
  3. Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF50 (mineral powder sunscreen in medium or tan)
  4. DermaQuest SheerZinc SPF30 (pure transparent mineral zinc oxide for sensitive skin)

 

In healthy skin,

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