I took the day off yesterday to take my daughter to the shore. She LOVES the beach, and we don’t get to go as often as we’d like. So when the forecast predicted a lovely day at the Jersey shore, I packed up our sunscreen and snacks, and we made a day of it.
But today I am paying for our day of fun. Despite diligent sunscreen application (and many reapplications), I got a painful sunburn on several parts of my body. Fortunately, my little girl was protected, but for some reason, I got a pretty nasty burn.
Of course, you should try to avoid sunburn by using an appropriate sunscreen, and reapplying every two hours, or after swimming, toweling off, or excessive sweating. Make sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure, and use at least one ounce (about a shot-glass full) of sunscreen each time you apply.
You should also be aware of how sun exposure is affected by any medications you are taking. Many prescription and non-prescription medications can intensify the effects of sun exposure, and warn you to limit your time in the sun.
What can I do to soothe my sunburned skin?
There are several time-tested sunburn “remedies” that can help alleviate sunburn discomfort and start healing your skin.
Pure Aloe Vera – from a bottle, or directly from the aloe plant – soothes and cools the skin. It also helps get some moisture back into the skin, as a sunburn saps your skin of moisture.
White Vinegar contains acetic acid which helps ease the inflammation, itching, and pain of a sunburn. You can cover your sunburned skin with towels soaked in white vinegar, or you can add about two cups of vinegar to a cool bath.
Oatmeal added to a cool bath can soothe an all-over sunburn. You can purchase a colloidal oatmeal, or simply grind up some regular oatmeal and sprinkle it into the bath water. Oatmeal helps to soothe and calm the skin.
Green Tea is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Not only will the anti-inflammatory action ease sunburn pain, but the antioxidant properties in green tea help protect the skin from damage caused by ultraviolet rays.
Green Tea is one of the key components in Bel Mondo’s Calming Facial Mask, which is excellent for soothing sunburned skin. With superior hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial ingredients such as Caresoft, Biophytex, Skinasensyl®, Chamomile, Allantoin, Rice Extract, and Olive Oil, Bel Mondo’s Calming Mask can be used as soon as you come in out of the sun to help minimize the discomfort and damage caused by the sunburn. Even though they’re designed to be used on the face, you can place the mask anywhere you need relief. And, just as with all of our sheet masks, our Calming Masks are saturated with ingredients, meaning there is always a lot of extra “product” in the mask pouch – which you can apply anywhere on your body to soothe sunburned skin.
With planning and care, a sunburn can almost always be avoided. But we all know that sometimes we’re not as prepared or as careful as we should be. Remember to try a Bel Mondo Calming Facial Mask the next time you get a little (or a lot) too much sun.