So you got a sunburn…Now What?
Summer’s here and if you’re like us, most of your days are spent soaking up the sunshine; but no matter how prepared you are, the sun’s kiss can turn into a burn.
Sunburn may just seem temporary; however, according to dermatologist’s studies, a sunburn is a sign of free-radical damage, which can lead to long-lasting damage to the skin causing wrinkles much earlier than expected or worse - skin cancer. More severe sunburn and repeated damage to skin cells will increase the skin’s sensitivity, making it more vulnerable to damage.
We’ve rounded up the 5 best tips on how to care for a sunburn:
- Take a cool shower. Hop in a cool shower for at least 20 minutes or repeatedly apply cool-wet towels for 15 minutes. The cool water will help relieve your overheated skin and bring your body temperature back down to a comfortable level. Furthermore, cold temperatures can constrict blood vessels and reduce the swelling.
- Take a milk bath. Cool shower sound boring? Not a problem! You can also opt-in for a milk bath. According to dermatologists, mixing six cups of whole milk into a lukewarm or cool tub of water will soothe skin fast. The fat, protein and pH level of the milk will have a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect on the skin.
- Be extra hydrated. Start sipping water immediately after you notice your sunburn and keep drinking it to be sure you stay hydrated. Your body loses fluids when it's overheated and drinking lots of water helps keep your skin refreshed during those hot summer days.
- Stay shaded. Just because you have a sunburn doesn’t mean you can’t get more sunburned. Apply sufficient broad-spectrum sunscreen liberally over face and body and re-apply every 2-3 hours. Mineral sunscreens are your best line of defense against sun damage, not only because it provides protection against the full spectrum of ultraviolet radiation, but also it is better for the environment. Meanwhile, wear sunglasses with UV protection to block damaging rays from the eye area and wear a wide-brimmed hat when the sun’s rays are strong.
- Put on a face mask with Glacial Oceanic Clay. Once you’re out of the sun, the best way to deal with after-sun care is by trusting in face masks you know to be soothing and good for even sensitive skin, such as the ones with Glacial Oceanic Clay. It is packed with over 60 minerals and skin-nourishing elements to naturally reduce excess sebum. The potent minerals in the glacial clay help form natural, effective, and long-lasting protection against UVB and UVA rays.
Made with 100% pure and natural Canadian Glacial Oceanic Clay, our NSF certified organic Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask paired with organic Aloe vera helps to soothe skin and ease irritation, while giving skin the moisture it needs. Packed with algae extract, the Revitalizing Algae Clay Mask let parched skin return to its former hydrated glory. Meanwhile, Nourishing Spirulina Clay Mask contains the superfood Spirulina to create a soothing and nourishing clay mask that reveals hydrated and supple skin. Combine the Acai Extract and Seaweed Extract, the Illuminating Seaweed Clay Mask is an ideal brightening clay mask that helps to reveal a more clarified and brighter complexion.
If you do happen to get a sunburn, follow these tips and it’ll heal in no time. Enjoy the rest of your summer with healthy, well-loved skin!