Feeling the Burn

We know that applying SPF is the first line of defense against the sun's damaging rays, but if you've had to learn your lesson the hard way, how should you care for your skin? Beauty expert Dorothy Ryan shares tips with us about how to treat summer sunburns.

Side effects don't just include a burning sensation, sunburns can also cause peeling, blisters, itching and dehydrated skin.  Long term, over exposure to the sun can also lead to wrinkles, dark spots, and "leathery" looking skin.

To minimize the discomfort and heal skin quickly: avoid alcoholic beverages and drink lots of water, apply a soothing aloe gel (making sure that Aloe is listed on the label as one of the top ingredients), take a cool bath to lower your body temperature, apply calamine lotion to calm the itching and body lotion to replenish lost moisture, soak a washcloth in cold milk and apply to sunburned skin.

Products Featured on the Show:

Olay Age Transform Intensive UV Serum ($8.99; drugstores) Moisturizer for body areas most prone to the signs of aging, such as décolletage, arms, hands and other sun-exposed areas

DDF Aloe Toning Complex ($30; sephora.com) Invigorating, alcohol-free, weightless facial hydrator for all skin conditions

 

 

Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant Tinted SPF 30 ($50; select physicians/spas) Daily UV facial moisturizer that provides sheer color coverage for a polished, sun-kissed glow

Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15 ($9.50; department stores) Clear lip balm that helps protect against sunburn and relieve chapped lips

Tips to alleviate pain and heal skin quickly:
·     Add 20 drops each of lavender and chamomile oils to a tub of cool water and soak for 10 minutes
·     Apply apple cider vinegar to the burn with a cotton ball to prevent blistering and peeling
·     Rub sunburned area with fresh cucumber slices to soothe skin
·     Apply plain yogurt with live cultures, let it stand for a few minutes and rinse with cool water
·     Dissolve baking soda in water and make a compress using a clean cloth
·     Mix the juice of three lemons into two cups of cold water and sponge on the sunburn
·     Apply calamine lotion to calm the itching and body lotion to replenish lost moisture

 

 

 

 


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