How To Soothe Sunburnt Summer Skin
As the weather warms up and you start to peel off the layers and expose your formerly pasty skin to summer’s intoxicating sunshine, you risk the dreaded consequences of summer: irritated, sunburnt, dry, itchy, peeling, and otherwise uncomfortable skin.
Before you reach for that mystery bottle of blue/green gel called Aloe in the drugstore (really, that’s not what aloe looks like!), hit the kitchen instead and whip up these four summer skincare solutions from Dr. Tiearona Low Dog, MD, the Chief Medical Director at Well & Being – because while that summer sun may feel incredible, its effects are irritating and these DIY summer skincare remedies can ensure you have healthy, happy skin all summer long.
Soothe Sweaty Skin
If you’ve been huffing it in the sun and have the sweat stains to prove it, soothe your sweaty skin with a lavender spritz. Combine 2 ounces of distilled water with 30-40 drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle. “Lavender oil is the most used essential oil in the world because of its numerous health and skin benefits. Due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics, lavender oil replenishes the skin, soothes sunburn and can even reduce age spots,” says Dr. Low Dog. Plus, you’ll smell divine (but yes, you still need to shower!).
Calm Overheated Skin
If you’ve spent too much time in the heat and your skin feels hot to the touch (either from a sunburn or just being overheated), cool skin down with a cucumber compress. Blend a refrigerated cucumber and apply generously to irritated skin for 10-15 minutes. According to Dr. Low Dog, “Cucumbers contain an abundance of antioxidants and silica, bringing a cooling effect to irritated skin and speeding up the healing process.” Next time, remember that air-conditioning is cool too.
Stop The Sting Of A Sunburn
Whether you’re in physical pain from the burn or emotional pain from the long term effects of sun damage, steep 4 green teabags in 4 cups of water for 20 minutes before cooling the tea in the refrigerator or by adding ice cubes. Apply as a compress to sunburnt skin. “Green tea takes the sting out of sunburns as it contains anti-inflammatory properties. [Plus,] the extracts of the plant have been proven to even prevent sun damage.” Now that’s something we can toast to.
Calm The Itch Of Burnt, Peeling Skin
If you’re skin’s dry, peeling, and itchy, slowly add water to ½ cup of baking soda until your form a thick paste. Apply to the affected area for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water. If your skin is still irritated, gently rinse off the paste. If, however, you’re peeling and pain-free, use the paste as an exfoliating scrub too. “Baking soda is a great exfoliant because it’s the perfect amount of coarse for removing the top layer of dead skin cells, taking away the itching sensation many sunburns leave behind,” explains Dr. Low Dog. “Baking soda also leaves skin feeling smoother and cleaner as the mask can kill a variety of potentially destructive pathogens.”