(Closed) In agony…sunburns are the worst! Do you burn, tan or both?

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Post # 3
10589 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I burn.  I can get a tan if it’s a minimal amount of exposure over a large period of time.  Sometimes my slight tans peel.  There’s been days where it’s not too hot or sunny, I’m the only one in a group wearing sun screen and the only one who burns!

Post # 4
4056 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Burn burn burn. It’s all I do. I am pale pale pale with freckles. I once owned a convertible – I would get burned on my 10 minute drive home from work.

I have sunscreen ALL THE TIME.

Fiance is paler than I am (I didn’t even think that was possible). We joke that we will have albino children and that they will never be able to play outside.

Post # 5
16195 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I have fair skin and I just know that I can’t go without sunscreen. But as long as I keep up with my sunscreen, I can get a bit of a tan.

Post # 6
6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Burn, peel, tan repeat process. Very fair skin here

Post # 7
1655 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I tan. I’ve never burned. But I hate getting a tan since I feel my skin is pretty dark already since I’m Indian, lol. I usually don’t have an issue with it, but in my culture the older ladies bring up my colour a lot if I get darker 😛

Post # 8
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I burn. Honestly the only thing that I find helpful in getting rid of that stinging burn is take a hot shower. Sure, it hurts for a minute but it burns the burn out so to speak. I do that as soon as I get an awful burn. I find the stinging burn to be the most uncomfortable part. I joke with myfriends and call what i do get “my ginger tan”. This tan consists of my freckles and a light light golden hue, but only after June. I cannot use sunscreen before June or I will burn through it no matter what spf it is. Hope you guys feel better soon.

Post # 9
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Very fair skin, burn only. How annoying, since I’m Native American and it helped me out zero in the melanin department. I wear SPF50 zinc oxide.

As far as getting rid of that terrible burn, Google “suburn tea remedy” and click on the link to Instructables.

Post # 10
63 posts
Worker bee

@Glenda_the_good_witch:  100% agree with taking a hot shower! It takes the sting away! I burn pretty easily so we keep a huge bottle of aloe in the fridge at all times! Hope you feel better soon!

Post # 11
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have fair skin so I burn.

Last weekend we went fishing and burned to a crisp. I gto smart this time and just slathered on the sunscreen. Neither of us burned, and I still got a rockin’ tan out of the deal.

Post # 12
6499 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2019

Ugh, I am so pale I burn too, add to that, that I am allergic to sun cream! Fun times.

Post # 13
2305 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’m a redhead. I think about the sun too much, and I burn.

I’m literally that person who wears long sleeves and a big floopy hat. I wear sunscreen daily during the spring/summer because if I don’t, after about 10 minutes in direct sun, I’m completly sunburnt to a crisp.

I have never known this “tan” thing people talk of. I freckle a bit after burning, but I go from white, to red, to pink back to white. There is no tan.

Post # 14
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I also burn very easily. I was out this weekend and seeing as it was only a 60 degree day here in Wisconsin, my thoughts aren’t on always packing the sunscreen yet. I mean I only just started to be able to leave my coat at home (sometimes).

Alas, I spent the whole weekend strolling the shores of Lake Michigan with FH and the future in-laws (MIL, BILs, SIL) etc…and came home to burned arms and a nice V-neck burn…sigh.  It’s not horrible or too painful but enough that I put my sunscreen in my purse now and there is will remain all summer long!

Post # 15
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@LadyBlackheart:  i have olive skin so i typically tan (my natural skin vs my tan skin colour is vastly different).

make sure that you moisturize, moisturize, moisturize your burn.  aloe is the best.  they have after sun products that are like a gel that contain aloe.  they work well.  cake it on and let it soak in.  solarcaine makes a spray for burns.  that will work too.

a little tip for sunlovers; when you feel like you are getting too hot, like you are burning, you are.  apply more sunscreen or cover up.

Post # 16
9681 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@LadyBlackheart:  I am sorry to sound like your mother, but please don’t do this again. Any change in your skin, whether it is a burn or tan, is a sign of damage. Skin cancer is so easy to get and overlook that it really is not worth it. I can’t imagine going in the sun without sunscreen and a hat (we just bought a boat and I even made Fiance buy a cover so I won’t have too much sun).

I got some bad burns when I was younger and stupid about taking care of my skin, but I haven’t in probably 10 years. I don’t tan or burn because I always smell like coconut sunscreen 😛 I use fake tanner when I want to get some colour but for me, the risks are not worth the benefits anymore (I even used…tanning beds at one point *shudder*). I cringe thinking about what I did to my skin and all the yucky wrinkles and spots I could end up with.

Also, try taking a bath in vinegar…seriously. It reeks, but it works.

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