As the warmer season approaches, many of us spend more time outside in hopes of catching some long-awaited vitamin D. And even though we’re more aware than ever of the importance of sunscreen, sometimes sunburns just happen. There’s nothing worse than returning home after a day well-spent at the beach, excited to admire your newly acquired tan, only to discover your face is flushed red from sunburns. Sounds familiar? Keep on reading, as we share all our soothing secrets on how you can minimize sunburn symptoms such as redness, swelling, and irritations while preventing pro-longed damage.
Sunburns and why they’re a big no-thank-you
We’ve probably all experienced sunburns – and let’s be honest, it’s not pleasant. The burning sensation is inescapable, and just touching your face can make you grit your teeth with pain.
To put it briefly: Sunburns are good for nothing. But why do our body react so intensely to the sunshine, we otherwise adore so much?
Sunburns are inflammatory reactions that occur when UV rays have penetrated the skin for too long. This reaction can change the DNA inside the skin cells, causing either a tan or sunburn.
Therefore, a nice-looking tan is unfortunately also a of a sign that your skin has been damaged – just like a painful sunburn. A tan is a pigment formation, and even though it looks nice and glowy, too much tanning can lead to premature signs of aging, skin damage, and even skin cancer.
So, our best advice for you? Listen to your skin. Always. And remember: Tans are not forbidden, and sunburns can be inevitable – the most important thing is to make sure you treat your skin right afterwards. And never forget your one true purse essential: SPF.
The dream team: Hyaluronic acid & aloe vera
When dealing with sunburns, hydration is key. And when it comes to keeping the skin silky soft and supple, hyaluronic acid is a true hydration-hero. This magic ingredient effectively boosts and retains the skin’s moisture content, preventing it from drying out. Another ingredient you need on your radar when looking for skin-soothing remedies is aloe vera. With its calming properties, this after-sun-like ingredient effectively helps soothe symptoms of sun burns to combat irritations. You can get your daily dose of this soothing and replenishing ingredient combo from our Daily Hydra Cream, 24-Hour Hydra Gel, and Daily Mineral Gel. You can also find these skin-loving ingredients in our Intense Hyaluronic Mask – with the duo of soothing aloe vera and cucumber water, this mask is truly the perfect remedy to treat irritated skin. Apply the mask for 10-15 minutes as the first step of your skin-treating routine, and gently rinse it off with warm water afterwards. You can also find aloe vera in our Daily Hydra Cream Sensitive, which contains an enriching formula created with sensitive skin types in mind.
Pro tip: Keep the products in your fridge before usage for an extra cooling, relieving effect on the skin.
Vitamin E: The repairing remedy
This fat-soluble antioxidant, also known as vitamin E, is the perfect post-sun ingredient, as it possesses repairing properties and boosts the healing-process of damaged skin. Therefore, we’d like to present the product your sunburn-treating routine can’t go without: Vitamin E Serum. This nutrient-enriched facial serum treats, protects, and strengthens the skin’s natural defense against future damage.
Protect & prevent – Hello, Niacinamide
Niacinamide is a true skin musthave on the daily – but especially when dealing with uncomfortable sunburns. Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide effectively improves the skin’s elasticity while boosting its barrier strength, making it less prone to react to harmful conditions. Enriched with organic aloe vera and cucumber extract, our Niacinamide Lifting Mist effectively hydrates and protects the skin not to mention that your skin will be more resilient towards the damage of UV exposure.
Psst… Bonus tip! If you’re dealing with cracked or irritated lips after too much sun exposure, our wonderful Lip Repair containing hyaluronic acid and nourishing berries is the remedy you’ve been searching for.