Post # 1
I went on my bachelorette to Ft. Lauderdale last weekend and got my first sunburn, despite applying sunblock! Now my skin is peeling on my back. My wedding is in 3 weeks and was wondering if there is any product I should apply to my skin to aide in healing. Thanks
Post # 3
Aloe vera! The real stuff not just the blue stuff in the tube. Also, try to avoid putting other products on it or covering the burn.
Post # 4
Cocoa butter moisturizer!
Post # 5
I second aloe vera! It’s a life saver for sunburns! The gel stuff works the best, though it’s sticky and a pain. They also make some lotion versions, which are ok but not as good as the gel.
Post # 6
I’ve had plenty of sunburns before and I agree with the aloe vera gel. It really is sticky and doesn’t smell fantastic but it works amazing!
Post # 7
Rub a whole load of greek yoghurt over the skin. Sounds crazy but it really works. It soothes the skin and repairs the damage quickly x
Post # 8
So… I don’t tan, I burn and blister and peel. Thus, in my experience:
1. Sour Cream – don’t know why but it does work. This works best when the burn is fresh. I’ll usually do this once or twice right after I get a burn.
2. 1:1 solution of vinegar and water (again don’t know why but it helps once you start peeling) – I usually do this 1x a day for like a week after I first get my sunburn.
3. Aloe Vera Gel or fresh aloe – as often as you can, use this
4. Moisterizer, lots and lots of moisterizer (I’ve tried quite a verity and found that the dead sea mineral ones or ones with aloe seem to work best)
5. Avoid further damage. If you must spend any amount of time outside, put on tons of sun-block or wear a long sleeved shirt (or both).
Hope this helps!
Post # 9
I second the aloe vera and cocoa butter. It’s probably going to peel anyways, though. Your best bet may be to just peel it off (eeww, I know). Any really thick lotion will do, just to hydrate.
Post # 10
I got the worst sunburn of my life a month out from my wedding, I feel your pain (quite literally!).
Once the pain goes away I recommend exfoliation, exfoliation, exfoliation and a good spray tan!
Post # 11
I also would suggest aloe vera. If your sun burn hurts, put the aloe vera in the fridge. I know it was really soothing for me to feel the coolness. Although, if it is really bad, sometimes it hurts to rub it in. I found in the store a few summers ago, a spray aloe vera. I would suggest that if it hurts to touch it.
Also, I would religiously apply the aloe vera. Every hour, if possible. It will cool the skin and keep it hydrated so it doesn’t peel. I know for me, peeling means a bad tan because you can see where the skin peeled away versus the tanned areas.
Oh, once you see you skin start to dry and look like it starts to peel, that was my cue to apply more aloe.
I used to have laying out at the beach, down to a science. How to get the perfect tan and how to maintain it. It always worked for me. Too bad I move to seattle where I hardly get sun, so when I go home I always forget and get some horrible sunburns or tans.
Post # 12
Thanks everyone! I started peeling yesterday but I am applying aloe and lotion constantly. Sour cream, vinegar and greek yogurt are all interesting remedies and I will definitely try them all out, it’s always the unique ones that seem to do the trick! Hopefully with a few weeks before the wedding I can get back to myself!
Post # 13
Ouch! Also want to add that you should avoid sun for the next three weeks. But I bet you already knew that lol
Post # 14
I agree with the aloe vera. Burts Bees makes an after-sun soother lotion, which I swear by. I usually alternate between aloe and the Burt’s Bees when I get burned.
Post # 15
I say cocoa butter, like, the cheap stuff in the giant bottle. It always works for me. I also put a lot on. Maybe spray tan before so as not to be spotty? Good luck! Have fun!
Post # 16
i second the yogurt! plain greek yogurt can cure anything, seriously!