So, after a long extended holiday weekend with way too much sun and fun, I committed a cardinal sin – I got sunburned!!! Yes, women of color do get sunburned just like our white or fair skinned counterparts. Even though the burn may not be as noticeable as someone with very light skin, we still suffer from peeling, redness, inflammation and dryness. In order to heal and rejuvenate my skin after a serious sunburn, it’s important to create a very consistent healing regimen that you can stick to for awhile as your skin heals. Here is my skincare regimen for a summer sunburn!
After Sun Care:
The instant you notice red, sunburned skin, you need to reach for some after care. I prefer something aloe-based as the cooling sensation is exactly what my sun-parched skin needs. Clinique’s After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe is the perfect answer to sun-soaked skin. This aloe-based cream has a special repair complex that soothes, calms and nourishes dry, damaged and inflammed skin. Smooth this nourishing cream all over the sunburned area and let is soak in. Repeat frequently as needed.
So, you’ve returned back home or to your hotel after getting burned at the beach, poolside or at the bbq. It’s time to do some much-needed repair work on your freshly sunburned skin. In order to help rid the skin of dead skin cells and flaky dry patches, you will want to use an effective exfoliator. I love Mama Mio OMega Body Buff. What’s so cool about this scrub is that instead of traditional sugar granules or other abrasive exfoliants, Mama Mio OMega Body Buff utilizes micro ground pumice grains that don’t scratch or further irritate already sensitive skin. Along with micro ground pumice grains, this soothing exfoliator includes skin softening ingredients such as; Sweet Almond Oil, Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Vitamin E. Apply the Body Buff up to three times a week. This will help keep the sunburned skin soft and smooth while it’s healing.
So now that you are on the path to replenishing and repairing damaged sunburn skin, you will need to constantly add moisture and hydration on a daily basis throughout the remainder of the summer. Sunburned skin tends to have a rough, scaly texture that can be quite unattractive and unappealing. In order to avoid this, you will want to slather your freshly exfoliated skin with a highly emollient rich body cream, lotion or butter. I can’t live without my Body Shop Body Butters. I personally LOVE Satsuma, Mango, Coconut, Strawberry and Sweet Lemon!!