Got Burned? Old-School Tips for Sun and Skin Care

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.

  1. Carry a parasol Not only does it protect me from the sun, it looks fabulous and I get lots of compliments.
  2. 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.
  3. Stay out of the sun at its height! Remember what they say about mad dogs and Englishmen? Stay out of the noonday sun!
  4. 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?

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