If you had too much fun this weekend and got caught up in a super long paddle board ride, or an extra long walk, then chances are you ended up with too much sun this weekend. Here are some things you can do to ease the burn:
(If you have a blistering sunburn, go see a doctor now!)
1. Got milk? Make cold milk compresses by soaking a clean cloth in a bowl with equal parts milk, ice cubes and water. Then hold the cloth on the burned area for five minutes. Repeat three times. The fat, protein and pH of milk have a soothing anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. What’s more, cold temperatures constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling.
2. Take a pill! Aspirin acts as an anti-inflammatory, suppressing chemicals in the skin that cause redness and swelling.
3. Moisturize! Moisturizing immediately after sun exposure stops inflamation in its tracks.
4. Slather on refrigerated aloe gel. Aloe is a botanical that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Store it in the fridge and you’ll get the added bonus of cold temps (and reduced swelling).
- Rehydrate! After a weekend in the sun, hydration is key — particularly if you’re sunburned. Liquids are critical to rehydrating your body and replenishing lost fluids from the sun. Water is not enough. You need to replenish your electrolytes. A great way to do that is with Vita Coco Coconut Water, which is jam packed with natural occurring electrolytes and contains more potassium than a banana.
Kirsten is a Beauty Expert and Makeup Artist with almost 20 years experience in the field. Her artistry and advice have been published on The Knot, Style Me Pretty,The Providence Journal and Rhode Island PBS, among others. She was part of the makeup team at StyleWeek NorthEast 2013 and is a regular contributor to WPRI's The Rhode Show. Most recently, Kirsten has started a beauty and lifestyle blog,thedailybeautyblotter.com, in an effort to make her knowledge and expertise accessible to everyone in a fun and approachable way.