Nobody loves sunshine like Floridians do. Despite all that we’ve heard about high UV indexes and the importance of blocking out the sun’s harmful rays with high doses of SPF, sunburns happen. Gear up for summer with these pro tips on hiding tan lines, concealing a vibrant burn, and easing the pain of too much time spent under the sun.
After a sunburn, your first order of business is typically to reduce pain. Dermatologist Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse recommends taking an anti-inflammatory, like ibuprofen or aspirin, as soon as you realize you are burnt. Take one every six hours thereafter. An anti-inflammatory will not only reduce pain, but can actually help with redness as well.
To help red and inflamed skin, Dr. Shainhouse recommends applying a thin layer of hydrocortisone cream two to three times a day, followed by a cool compress, and chilled aloe vera gel. For a cheap and natural compress, Dr. Shainehouse recommends, “Boil up a kettle of water and pour it into a bowl with two to four tea bags. Black tea works best, but green tea can help too. Let it steep and cool.” Apply this liquid to the sunburned area.
With the pain under control, focus your attention on reducing peeling. “Oce the healing skin starts to shed, use a gentle moisturizer,” Dr. Shainhouse recommends. “Consider ingredients like coconut and Shea butter to moisturize and ingredients like ceramides to help repair the broken skin barrier.” Unless you have hypersensitive skin, exfoliating is also recommended to help speed up the peeling process.
Though covering up your burn might not be your primary concern, it can certainly help keep your confidence up after too much sun exposure. Applying a moisturizer before makeup is of utmost importance, then apply sheer lightweight layers of makeup to prevent a cakey look.
“To downplay a sunburn, pick a yellow toned-foundation,” said Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and beauty entrepreneur. Kashuk also suggests applying a darker shade of high coverage foundation and bronzer to blend the red tones of your skin with the yellow tones of the makeup. You can use similar techniques on other areas of your body to reduce the appearance of redness.
Remember that avoiding burns is not just important to your appearance, but is crucial to your health. In the summer months especially, apply a high SPF sunscreen at regular intervals and shade yourself when necessary to avoid sunburns and achieve a healthy, bronzed glow. For more information regarding sunburn, [Click Here].