As the apex of heat comes to an end, summer reflection ensues. A quick scroll through your Instagram highlights your best moments filled with all the hope and joy that fills these sunshine months. The bar-b-ques and beach parties flash like an on-going theme of annual memories through your storyline. Finally, you hit an image that makes you pause…..ouch!!! That sunburn!
Along with those rose-colored memories comes the shadow of sunburn. Considering that 42.1% of men and 26.8% of women don’t ever use sunscreen, sunburn is bound to happen. How do you care for that sunburn without the finger-wagging of an ‘I told you so’? Below, we’ve listed our top 3 favorite ways to combat the burn!
3 immediate tips for the BEST in sunburn relief:
Sunburn Tip: Mud Puddle
In case you’ve missed one of our many posts on this product, sunburn treatment is one of its uses. It is also the #1 step any of us here at AP take to combat the after effects of too much sun. The thermal properties of Mud Puddle help to draw out any of the ‘heat’ from the burn, while the anti-inflammatory properties calm any and all pain associated with the sunburn.
Sunburn Tip: Aloe Ice cubes
Number one on our google search was aloe ice cubes. These little gems take no time at all to make and work in a pinch for immediate pain relief. Just take some (pure) aloe and squeeze it into an ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen you have immediate, ready to go relief at your fingertips…literally! Just rub on the affected area and let it soak in.
Sunburn Tip: ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
This one made me pause for a minute. But, according to the Wound Care Society, the properties in ACV is antiseptic, relieves pain, balances pH, reduces potential for blisters as well as softens the epidermis. Mix a 1 cup ACV with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle and spray on the affected area. Alternately, you can soak a face cloth in the mixture and apply, or put 2 cups in a tepid bath and soak for 20 minutes.
Sunburn Tips: Prevention, Prevention, Prevention!
“…The bill for hindsight is much more expensive than the receipt for foresight.”
-Johnnie Dent Jr.
While we can’t go back through our life ‘feed’ and delete a sunburn, we can take the memory of the pain and turn it into a desire for prevention. Use sunscreen daily. If sunscreen isn’t your ‘thing,’ cover up with clothing and hats if you are going to be out for an extended period of time and check UV rating for your area. Above all, stay safe!
Do you have any tried and true tips for relieving sunburns? Comment below! Don’t forget to subscribe for more info on all things skincare!