The Ultimate Sunburn Cure

An extra 10 minutes under the sun may leave you glowing, but thanks to ultraviolet exposure, your skin is red, inflamed and irritated. Soothe discomfort and reverse signs of sun damage ASAP with this ultimate sunburn cure.

First thing’s first

Once you’ve noticed your skin turn pink or red, that’s your cue to get out of the sun. The change in hue is the result of dilating blood vessels that signal the need for repair. In this phase, your skin may feel warm to the touch, or it may sting. Relieve discomfort by taking a cool bath or shower to decrease unnecessary blood flow.

Rehydration is crucial

Sunburned skin is more susceptible to dehydration because its epidermis, also known as its outer layer, is damaged. Skin cells may also thicken and tighten to halt the penetration of UV rays to deeper layers to prevent further injury to cell DNA. Before your skin starts to peel, rehydrate and soothe with products that include aloe vera, lavender, oatmeal and cucumber. Try Kiehl Deluxe Hand & Body Lotion with Aloe Vera and Oatmeal  or Apivita After Sun Moisturizing and Cooling Cream-Gel for Face & Body.

Antioxidant follow-up

Once your skin has rid itself of damaged cells through peeling, it’s important to protect it from carcinogens and free radicals known to cause cancer and signs of aging. Search for creams, serums and face masks rich in antioxidants. Try Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask or RevaléSkin Night Cream.

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The Ultimate Sunburn Cure: Photographed by Jessica Toscano