Sunburn Advice – Prevention Tips, How To Treat A Burn Or Cover It Up
Sunburns are the worst. According to mayoclinic.org, the effects are nasty, and you know they’re true as well:
- Pinkness or redness
- Skin that feels warm or hot to the touch
- Pain, tenderness or itching
- Small fluid-filled blisters, which may break
- Headache, fever, chills and fatigue if the sunburn is severe
HOW TO TREAT / HIDE A SUNBURN
If you are unlucky enough to have gotten a sunburn, fear not – Beach Baby is here to help!
Have a look at this video below which gives some basic sunburn prevention tips, including how to treat a sunburn, and even how to hide it!
So, why did he get a sunburn in the first place? That’s right, he didn’t re-apply. Was he tanning? He didn’t say, but really, he could have been doing anything out in the sun, so that doesn’t really matter.
The sun doesn’t care that much if you’re a moving target, although laying in one spot and slow-roasting is probably one way to get a really good sunburn. Some even say water has a magnifying effect when it comes to the sun, so hiding out in the water isn’t going to work.
Anyway, our friend in the video knows he made a mistake, so from us to you, don’t forget to re-apply, ok? Also, consider the following…
Sunburn Prevention Tips
- SPF30 re-apply every two to three hours
- Always re-apply after vigorous activities
- SPF15 blocks 94% of UVB rays and SPF30 blocks 97%
- Just because you have a higher SPF doesn’t mean you don’t have to re-apply
- Stay hydrated especially in the sun
You Got Burned – Now What?
One thing you can do is take an anti-inflammatory with Naproxen in it. Naproxen reduces hormone levels, and thereby reduces any kind of pain you might be experiencing, such as sunburn pain. If you’re feeling sunburn pain, Naproxen can really help bring it down a notch.
You can also use aloe. Often used for shaving, aloe is known to treat cuts and scrapes and provide soothing relief. Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: auxin and gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. For sunburns, not to mention numerous other skin ailments, it’s a great healer and very soothing.
How To Hide A Sunburn
Wear long, light clothing, like something made from linen or any other sort of light material. Linen, for instance, is a great summer fabric, and so it makes sense to try wearing something made from that material. Cotton is also ok, but watch out for heavier, rougher clothing / fabrics which will rub on your burn and make it worse.
This might seem rather obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people just go about their daily business, wearing regular clothes and just being in more pain throughout the day. Not to be sexist, but this is something we’ve often seen men do – thinking it manly to just “deal” with the pain, only to whine to their girlfriends and wives late into the night. Sound familiar? 🙂 Ideally, just stay home, open a window, and walk around in your skivvies if you can help it. Some people are stuck going back to work, which might mean wearing formal wear which can be a real b*tch.
Aside from walking around naked, taking pain relievers, and having your loved one dabbing you in aloe vera gel wherever it hurts (plus maybe a little massage), you can also go the moisturizer route.
Similar to hydrating with water, which you should be doing all the time anyway, moisturizer is something you can do frequently, regardless if you’re sunburned or not, and it will actually benefit your skin tremendously.
Over time your skin can even look younger, if you use it regularly. The key is not to use any kind of moisturizer that cakes on top of your skin. The more breathable, the better. With sunburns, this is especially important.
Wear Matching Concealers
So you were goofing around at the beach all day, and suddenly you realize you have a sunburn. Like, on your face. And you’ve got a date…in a couple of hours. Uh oh, what to do? This is where concealers can come in handy, but only if you do it right. We’ve heard that wearing a green concealer, if you apply it correctly, can actually counter-act the redness of a sunburn. This actually makes sense, since green is across from red on the color wheel. Yup, suddenly, the color wheel is finally coming in handy after all this time! 🙂
Before you start trying to balance out your face, or any other part of your body, we think you should watch this great video on how to cover up a sunburn using makeup. Check it out!
To recap, here are the steps she went through to cover up that sunburn:
#1 – Shower with cold water if you want – don’t use hot, as it can make it feel worse
#2 – Soothe your skin by applying some aloe vera gel
#3 – Moisturize, or as we like to say, MOISTURIZE! Apply lightly, and remember that moisturizer is the main ingredient your skin needs before any make up is added, because the redness is partly due to the fact that all the moisture is gone from your face (or wherever the burn is)
#4 – Use a bit of Benefit Cosmetics POREFessional Pore Minimizing Balm in order to control shine on your face, and smooth things out a little bit
#5 – Apply some green concealer to the reddest parts of your face. As we said, green is the opposite of red, so color-wise that’s what you need
#6 – Once your face is looking weirdly green, you can use your regular foundation to cover it up, and make your face look normal again
#7 – Set your make-up using a powder. Make sure you pad the powder onto your face lightly with your brush, rather than sweeping it on. As she says in the video, sweeping too much, may actually take some of the product from your face. We want it to stay right where it is, so the redness is concealed. Then you can go about your day or evening without worrying if it’s patchy.
#8 – If you feel the need, you can add some bronzer in order to make your face look less pale. She uses Hoola Bronzing Powder by Benefit Cosmetics, if you didn’t happen to notice.
That’s it, you’re done! Hope this helped. 🙂