I’ve gotten burned TWICE this summer. I have pale skin, but I don’t usually burn that easily - the facial serum that I use every day provides a small amount of spf , and I’m usually pretty aware of how much sun I’m getting - but a spontaneous midday tour of a street festival and an overcast day at the beach both got me burned! After the second time I took a solemn vow to not get burned again! So what to do?
After you get burned, you need tlc inside and out.
1. Hydrate! I like to sip a homemade ‘electrolyte’ beverage made with water, lemon and a pinch of salt.
2. Cool off. Stop the burn with a cool bath - I use an old timey remedy of a few glugs of apple cider vinegar in the bath - you could also try a cup or two of strong mint tea added to the bath water. Cucumbers or watermelon rind on the skin will help soothe and heal the burn - I covered my face in cucumber slices
3. Repair. Aloe gel is a popular choice for cooling and soothing. I used straight rosehip oil at first, for its formidable burn healing and anti-scarring effects After two days of that, my face was just a little pink, so I alternated between Regenerating Serum to encourage skin repair and 3-in-1 Serum which has anti-inflammatory and healing calendula oil. In a week my skin was back to normal. Phew!
4. Don’t be me and get twice burned! Protect yourself. There’s a lot of controversy about sunblock - most of them have a ton of junk and toxic ingredients that I’d never let near my skin. Even the ‘non-toxic’ ones often burn my skin and irritate my eyes. Instead I follow the sun safety rules of my ancestors.
- Carry a parasol Not only does it protect me from the sun, it looks fabulous and I get lots of compliments.
- Wear a hat. I use the hat when gardening - otherwise i prefer the parasol because it’s cooler, protects my shoulders and chest, and doesn’t mess up my hair.
- Stay out of the sun at its height! Remember what they say about mad dogs and Englishmen? Stay out of the noonday sun!
- Eat a healthy, whole foods diet with lots of good fats (really?! yes! the thinning ozone layer isn't the only reason the sun seems to be more of a problem than it used to. Read about foods and sun protection.)
What’s your sun strategy?