Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Simple Sunburn Saviours: How to Treat Sunburned Skin

We’ve all done it, watched the internet furore about the upcoming heat wave, rolled our eyes at the gazillion screen grabs of the weather app on both Twitter and Facebook and still, STILL, we’ve found ourselves out in the blistering sun with not so much as a single SPF between us. 

Cue Lobster Mania as we sizzle, scorch and swear we’ll know better next time. For now though, to ease that sting, I’ve put together a little collection of products that will help cool, treat and repair your poor, frazzled bod so you can say goodbye to that sunburn.

There’s not a lot Thermal Spring Water can’t do when it comes to cooling you down, store your tin in the fridge for instant refreshment and a light mist of heaven whenever and wherever needed. The minerals in the water work to reduce redness and irritation immediately.

Aloe Vera truly is one of nature’s miracle workers when it comes to burns and scalds. The juice directly from the plant is ideal (gotten from simply snapping off a sprig) but tubes and bottles of prepared balms and creams are easily available from both health food shops and chemists. Again, store this in the fridge for instant soothing of the affected area. The gel will form a protective barrier on your skin and will reduce your chances of peeling. (The Reptar look is so not Spring Summer 2013)

Cicaplast Baume B5 is a staple wonder balm in many Irish homes and it isn’t my HG skin saviour for nothing. Instantly soothing and healing, a handbag sized tube really is a manna for frazzled flesh to aid recovery and take the pain away.

Finally, there’s nothing quite as soothing as a cool shower when you feel like you’ve rolled on hot coals, L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil is beautifully soft on the skin and because it’s an oil wash, it works to seal in your skins natural moisture and form a beautifully scented barrier to prevent dehydration. It also means you don’t have to go through the pain of slathering on after shower moisturiser. WIN!

And that's them, four products that really will take the sting from your skin and help restore its natural balance and pasty white hue. 

Tell me, have you been roasted yet? What do you recommend as a fail safe saviour? 


Unknown said...

Have most of these but have you any ideas how I can manage to put them on my scalded back when I'm all by my lonesome =(

S said...

The Cicaplast is brilliant, I used the last of a tube on my little lad last night, factor 30 and he still got a bit of a doing on the tops of his arms, it instantly soothed him. Have the factor 50 out today, I hate the sun so much!

Icaria said...

My strategy is quite similar except to help remove the sting, especially on that first night, I do cool milk compresses which are quite soothing.