Life in Mascara: How I Take Care of Sun Burned Skin

Friday, September 11, 2015

How I Take Care of Sun Burned Skin

As  I previously mentioned in this post, I spent the weekend recently at the beach with friends. While I always have a lovely time, I worry a bit about my skin. I am slightly allergic to SPF. It always makes my skin itch and break out. I have been using one from Trader Joe's and while my skin accepts it for the most part, it only contains SPF 30 which means I will still get some sun. 

Because Texas summers last well into Christmas (o.k. sometimes they end earlier and sometimes they never end) I knew I was headed into strong heat. I did the best I could. I even wore a hat which I never do because I have a huge head and I don't need anything else attracting attention to it and also because I can't ever find a hat big enough for my huge head. Well I did come away with minimal burning to my body and face but it is still sensitive and my nose and chin have begun to peel.

By now I know that the key to re-hydrating dehydrated skin is moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. But applying thick layers of lotion on the skin is not the answer. Instead, I like to go in with several moisturizing products that will help calm my skin.

I start with a gentle face wash that is soap and paraben free. I have been reaching for The Body Shop Aloe Vera Gentle Face Wash and gently massaging it into my skin and rinsing with warm water. After I pat it dry very gently as the towel can lift peeling skin. Next I go in with Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner. I have moved some over to a spray bottle so as not to tug on my skin with a cotton pad. I then go in with a face oil and I am still loving Boots Botanics Organic Face Oil. I do go in rather heavy with this and take it down to my neck and chest. It absorbs quickly so don't worry about glistening like Edward Cullen for long. 

Eye cream is applied next but I don't worry much about that one as I normally always have a light version of it. Finally I apply lotion and if it wasn't evident before, I aim for things that are scent free and geared towards sensitive skin. Boots Expert Sensitive Hydrating Moisturizer is scent free, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, moisturizing, and aimed at dry and sensitive skin. Yes please to all! It is so light and just what my skin needs when it is irritated. I wish they made it in a giant tub so I could apply it everywhere. It absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves a luminosity behind that just makes your skin look nourished. I love this stuff!

For my body I forgo scented body butters and really just go in with a body oil and baby lotion. I find that any additional scents will just irritate my skin. I also make sure to drink lots and lots of water to help replenish the moisture I lost. I drink a gallon of water a day but I am bad about it on weekends. Not during sun burned times though. Chug that H2O!

Finally I try to wear as little or no makeup as possible to allow my skin to breathe and heal. But since I can't very well go looking like a troll to work, I make sure to wash it off as soon as I get home and douse my face with e.l.f. Studio Revitalizing Mist as often as possible. This contains witch hazel, rosemary, chamomile, aloe, honeysuckle, aloe, and vitamin B. It helps balance and moisturize your skin and well as increase circulation for a more youthful appearance. I'll take that any day!

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