What to Do After a Sunburn

Posted by Colleen Rothschild on

In my last blog, I talked about the importance of sunscreen and why it matters. I also mentioned my recent trip to Greece and how it was a great reminder as to why I wear sunscreen every day.

Some of us have suffered a sunburn at some point in our lives, so we all know that getting relief from pain and redness is at the top of the to-do list! The summer months are when the sun’s UV rays are most powerful. Plus, we're spending more time outside - playing with the kids, walking the dog or vacationing.

Unfortunately, a sunburn is more than just a temporary inconvenience. UV rays can cause damage to your skin’s surface, as well as the deeper layers of your skin.

Today, I want to suggest a few remedies that may provide some relief from the effects of a sunburn. 

Crushed Cucumber
You know the phrase, "Cool as a cucumber." Well it holds true! Try blending a chilled cucumber to make a paste and apply it to the face. Cucumber’s antioxidant and natural pain-relieving properties can help ease the sunburn sting and minimize redness.

Chilled Tea Bags
Apply water-chilled tea bags to irritated areas on your face, including your eyelids if they’ve become sensitive from sun exposure. Black tea contains tannic acid, known to pull the sting out of sunburn, and it can help restore your skin’s pH balance. Applying chilled mint tea bags to your face can work to ease sunburn pain. (This is also one of my favorite tips for reducing puffy under eye bags.)

One of the most important steps in recovering from sunburn is hydration. Drinking plenty of fluids like water, juice, or drinks with electrolytes will replenish your body’s fluids and hydrate dry, peeling, sun damaged skin.

Topical hydration is just as important for your skin’s recovery process and helps relieve itching or flaking. The Intense Hydrating Mask will help to soothe and rehydrate your face as it recovers from a sunburn.  This super moisturizing formula replenishes your skin’s hydration levels with its blend of Coral Grass and Micro-Algea. Aloe and potent peptides help keep fine lines from forming as a result of tight, dry skin. Once the redness starts to reduce, this will help skin’s youthful, supple glow re-emerge.

You can choose to leave the mask on over night or gently tissue it off and follow with your typical nighttime moisturizer, like this one or this one

The thin, delicate skin of your lips makes them vulnerable to the sun’s damaging effects. If you're planning to be out in the sun, find a lip balm that has SPF for protection. After cooling down, if your lips are feeling parche, applying the Ultimate Lip Balm two times a day will rehydrate with peptides that restore moisture and smoothness.

photo by: @daniellealanareyes

Cool Bath
Soaking in a bath of cool (not cold) water can bring sweet relief to red, irritated skin. As you soak, use a soft cloth and pat cool water on your skin. For extra sunburn TLC, try adding chamomile or lavender essential oil to help ease the burning and stinging. Colloidal oatmeal may also be helpful in your bath water to relieve itching and burning.

Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is a well-known sunburn remedy.  Its antioxidant properties can help decrease inflammation, and it will moisturizing skin to help minimize peeling.


One remedy may work better for you than another. Whatever relieves your discomfort, seal it in with the Nourishing Body Lotion. Thirsty skin will drink up its highly moisturizing ingredients and restore your skin’s radiance - head to toe!

The back of our hands can be extra sensitive to sun-damage, and they can begin to show signs of aging like age spots and loss of elasticity faster than the rest of our body. For extra nourishing care, apply the Restorative Hand Cream. Rejuvenating Myrrh Extract and Aloe will soothe dry hands without leaving a greasy residue.

photo by: @themomedit

A little planning goes a long ways to protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Sun protective clothing is always a good idea, especially if you’re going to be spending time in the sun. I love a big floppy hat!

Try to limit your sun exposure between 10am and 4pm, when sun rays and temperatures are the highest. A broad spectrum SPF should always be in your bag, especially if you’re going out to enjoy the sun. Before heading out, be sure to apply it head-to-toe. This sunscreen is lightweight, oil-free, and non-comedogenic - perfect for wearing alone or under your makeup.

Stay hydrated from the inside out when spending time in direct sunlight. Take plenty of breaks to replenish your body’s fluids and spritz the Beauty Water onto your face to refresh and hydrate skin with coconut water, watermelon extract, and hyaluronic acid. Keeping skin hydrated will not prevent sunburn, but giving it immediate and long-lasting hydration will soothe irritation and preserve your skin’s optimal H2O balance for a dewy, youthful glow.

photo by: @laurmcbrideblog

When it comes to sun protection, don’t skimp! Take steps to protect yourself from harmful sun rays. If you experience sunburn, treat and repeat until your skin is repaired. Hydrate and moisturize to return skin to its healthy appearance.

I’d love to hear about your summertime fun activities, and your tips and tricks for preventing or soothing a sunburn. Please share in the comment below!



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