(Closed) Skin is peeling from sunburn! Wedding in 3 weeks

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
8943 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Cocoa butter moisturizer!

Post # 5
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
1722 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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
41 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
707 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.

Good luck!

Post # 13
1019 posts
Bumble bee

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
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i second the yogurt! plain greek yogurt can cure anything, seriously!

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