It’s finally sunny out and most of us can’t help but smile when we feel its warmth on the skin. There’s no doubt that sunshine and vitamin D do great things for us, but we cannot stress this enough that the threat of skin damage is real! While it is better to be proactive rather than reactive, we know that this isn’t always possible so we’ve put together some information on preventing sun damage and a few tips SOS tips for repairing and soothing sunburns.
Sunburn or undetected sun damage can happen during all seasons and even when it is overcast. Wearing sunscreen on a day-to-day basis is always a good idea and many mineral make up lines contain Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide which provide a physical block that is sufficient enough sunblock for things like driving and outdoor commuting.
All sunscreens/SPF are not created equal though and they do not all work the same way. Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin and break down UVA and UVB rays making them less harmful to the body. If you are using a chemical sunscreen you will need to reapply more often and this is when a higher SPF is usually recommended. Physical block suncreens sit on the surface of the skin and work as a shield against the rays. The skin does not absorb and break down these types of sunscreens in the same way, so they provide a longer-lasting protection with a much lower SPF. In fact, it’s not often that you will see a physical block with a higher SPF than 35. If you apply the right sunscreen, wear a hat and be mindful and you can still enjoy the sun, the vitamin D and all the happiness it can bring without the added brown spots or itchy, painful, peeling sunburns.
Now, no one is perfect and we have yet to meet someone who has NEVER had a sunburn in their life or who has completely avoided all sun damage. The good news is that when it happens, there are ways to soothe and repair your skin. The first thing to remember when dealing with a sunburn is that there is no such thing as too much hydration. Hydrate the skin and do not peel your burn- no matter how tempted you are. Use a light product as you do not want to seal in any excess heat. The goal is to soothe, reduce inflammation and start the repair process. Aloe Vera is a great choice for treating sun burns, but not all aloe products are created equally. Make sure to look for other healing ingredients like vegetable glycerin, marshmallow root, geranium rose oil, sea buckthorn berry oil, rosehip oil, evening primrose oil and lavender hydrosol.
We always recommend our soothe serum to our guests for sunburns, sun damage or spots and other forms of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation because of the sea buckthorn berry oil and evening primose oil in the product. Both oils are highly anti-inflammatory and sea buckthorn oil over time stimulates cell regeneration, helps to repair the skin and fades hyper-pigmentation.
Cold compresses on the skin can also help to remove some of the excess heat before you apply any healing products. We recommend applying your post-sun products right after sun exposure and then every 8-12 hours until healed.
Be kind to yourself and the skin that protects you.