It is so important to recover your skin after being exposed in the sun for a long period of time. A few summers ago, I went to the beach with a bunch of friends and wanted to get “really tan” so I didn’t use ANY sun block. I was on the beach for over 5 hours… Needless to say, I was so burnt to the point I was in crying pain. I used every method possible to relieve the pain, prevent from peeling and most importantly turn the red into a tan. Here are a few methods that really work!
Tea bags. Fill your bath tub with warm water… remember that you are sensitive to temperatures. Once the bath is full, add 4-6 tea bags. The water will turn brown as it does when you make tea. Soak in the bath tub for about 20-30 mins. You may smell a little funny but I promise this will take the bright red glow away and help turn your skin tan. It will also relieve the sting of your sunburn.
Milk. Personal favorite! Soak a clean washcloth in a bowl full of whole milk, ring out the washcloth, and apply it to your sunburn. You will feel the washcloth instantly becoming warm. It will reduce the sting of your sunburn, reduce the heat and also moisturize your skin to help tan reduce peeling.
Vinegar. Use cider vinegar to help balance the PH of your sunburn and help promote healing. You can add 2 cups to your bath or use a paper towel to directly apply to your skin. It will make a huge difference in your recovery.
Lotion. Preferably a lotion that is high in vitamin C and vitamin E and scentless will help give you the most moisturize to help restore your skin. You want to reapply lotion constantly to reduce peeling and blisters.
Water. Sunburn draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body. Drinking extra water when you are sunburned helps prevent dehydration.
Oatmeal. Oatmeal is a great way to moisturizer your skin if it has been damaged against the sun. I normally make a bowl of oats with water like normal, then add water to make it easier to spread on my body. I let the oatmeal soak for about 10 mins before rinsing.
Avoid ANY skin care products with alcohol content and scents because they tend to dry out your skin and hold the heat. This includes perfumes, body washes, etc.