So… you had a little too much fun in the sun this Labor Day weekend and forgot to reapply SPF. It happens. No matter how many times we’re reminded to never leave the house without slathering ourselves in sunscreen, slip-ups are still possible. Of course, minimizing sun exposure and wearing a daily SPF are so, so important in the world of skincare. But if a slip-up does occur, knowing how to treat your overexposed skin is vital. Here’s a few tips on caring for your skin when it’s a little overexposed and tender or when it’s blazing red and downright painful to touch.
Once your safely out of the sun, the first thing you should reach for after realizing you’ve been burned is your water bottle. When your skin is sunburned, fluid is drawn toward the surface of the skin and away from the rest of the body, which can lead to dehydration. So, drink up! Down one more glass of water than you think you need. Or, go for something like coconut water that hydrates while adding electrolytes back into your system.
Next, reach for some immediate relief.
Just in time for the three-day weekend, we launched a product with this exact situation in mind. Our Aloe+Ice Soothing Gel is designed to take away the sting of a sunburn, calm redness, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. Aloe, of course, is a sunburn miracle worker. It’s a deeply moisturizing botanical and contains both glycoproteins, which help to reduce inflammation, and polysaccharides, which aid in skin repair. Vitamin C is also blended in to help fight free radicals caused by harmful UV rays.
The gel contains peppermint oil, somewhat of an all-natural pain killer. It’s extremely cooling and antimicrobial, so it will give you relief while it helps to promote healing. We combined peppermint oil with lavender for a scent that’s just as soothing as the actual product itself, which can help to curb some of those after-sun headaches that are common with any type of overexposure to the sun.
Pro tip: keep it in your fridge to maximize the cooling effect.
Aloe + Ice Soothing Gel is the perfect after-sun treatment, but is also great at any time of the year as an all-over body moisturizer. Especially for those that don’t always want a heavy cream or oil-based moisturizer. A few spritzes of this over the body will give you all the nutrients you need for all-day hydration without the feeling of any product lingering on the skin.
Now, a shot of intense moisture.
If you have time, run a lukewarm bath. Not too cold to shock your system, but not too warm to irritate your sensitive skin. Scoop in a generous amount of hydrating bath milk and soak for as long as you need. Coconut milk is loaded with beneficial fatty acids to soothe your dry, itchy skin and reduce inflammation. It’s also naturally antiseptic so while you soak, you’ll be cleansed and moisturized at the same time.
After toweling off, follow up once again with the Aloe+Ice Soothing Gel for a 1, 2 punch of soothing relief.
Lastly, use protection.
When skin is already burnt, there’s nothing worse than further exposing it to harmful UV rays. For the days following a burn, try to cover up the affected area with clothing. If wearing long sleeves is just not an option for you in 100 degree heat, definitely be diligent about covering your burn in SPF as often as possible. Even if it’s cloudy, even if you think you’ll only be outside for a few minutes.