Let’s face it — every one of us has neglected the SPF at some point or other. Of course, we’ve ended up with a pretty painful sunburn and perhaps a red nose that resembled Rudolph’s a little too much…
Yet it’s true that even a religious devotion to your sunscreen doesn’t mean you’re completely immune to sunburns. And when they happen, you’d better be prepared — luckily, we’ve rounded up our best sunburn relief, treatment and advice, starting with this viral hack…
Menthol Shaving Foam (Yes, For Your Sunburn)
Using menthol shaving foam to relieve sunburn? Does it even work?
According to Cindi Allen-Stewart, it does. Allen-Stewart, who took to Twitter to share her husband’s somewhat surprising hack for beating sunburn, believes that menthol shaving foam — specifically, Gillette Foamy Menthol — is truly miraculous for relieving pain and discomfort.
“It may seem like it’s a strange shaving ritual, but trust me,” she wrote on Facebook. “Don’t rub it in, just let it sit on your skin. It will start bringing all that heat out (you’ll be able to feel it). You may feel like you are itchy too, but that’s a good thing! Itching means healing.”
So all you’ve got to do is smooth the cream over the areas with sunburn and let it sit for about 30 minutes. “You will feel as if you’re becoming a little cold,” she added.
Not convinced? We’ve got you covered — here are five more sunburn remedies you need to try!
Step 1. Take Care of the Inflammation
One of the worst symptoms of sunburn is inflammation, which is your body’s way of responding to the external trauma by increasing blood flow to the affected area. The result? Red skin that’s extremely sensitive.
The best way to address the inflammation is to take an aspirin or ibuprofen. It won’t cure your sunburn — far from it! — but it will make the pain a little more bearable.
Step 2. Apply Cold Compresses
With sunburn always comes a burning sensation that just seems to make life miserable. Corinne Morley, Trilogy’s In-House Skin Expert, recommends you should “head for the shade, grab a glass of iced water and apply a cool compress to effected areas for immediate relief.”
If you don’t have a cool compress, use cold plain yoghurt — it’s rich in probiotics, which help to restore the skin’s natural barrier and soothe the area.
Step 3. Keep Your Skincare Routine Extra Gentle
Sun damage will make your skin very sensitive, so you’ll want to skip on that AHA/BHA toner you’ve been using for the past few months. Keep your skincare routine gentle — no actives, acids or any kind of exfoliant — to avoid making your sunburn worse.
Step 4. Use Appropriate Products
Your skin needs a chance to calm down and start healing, which is why you should use products that are specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Stay away from anything too harsh and definitely don’t go over the top with moisturizer — while you do want to keep your skin hydrated, too much moisturizer can irritate the skin.
Step 5. DON’T Pop Blisters or Peel Skin
Sure, they’re ugly AF, but blisters are actually a good thing for your skin — they create a natural barrier that promotes healing. Don’t pop them or start peeling the skin, as this will only delay the healing process, not to mention give you an even harder time — popping blisters is incredibly painful!
If your sunburn isn’t improving, you may want to pick yourself some hydrocortisone cream to smash that inflammation.