It’s happened to the best of us: we’ve used SPF, reapplied, worn sunglasses and a hat, but sometimes our skin still ends up feeling a little sensitive after a day in the sun! Even with all the precautions, it can be almost unavoidable during a heatwave like this to not get touched by the sun.
Here are some remedies to soothe your skin that may have gotten a little too much sun exposure, or if it’s feeling a little rough and dry. So, if your skin is feeling a little sensitive or you just want to give it a little bit of an extra love after a day in the sun here’s your guide to after sun protection and how to soothe a sunburn.
Start with a detox
A deep cleaning will do the job of making sure your skin is cleansed of all that build up. Double cleansing at the end of the day is a must have and consider using a charcoal or clay mask to help soothe the skin and reduce the appearance of redness.
Clinique Take The Day Off™ Charcoal Cleansing Balm
A nice cool shower will feel great on your sun sensitive skin: but don’t go in too extreme! Start with a warm shower and slowly reduce the temperature as much as you can tolerate. This will also help cool your internal body temperature after being out in the sun.
Drench your skin with moisture
The sun, chlorine from pools and AC will have a huge drying effect on the skin, so make sure to focus on moisture during the summer months!
Your skin will benefit hugely from moisture rich products: don’t skip this step! If you prefer to use a lighter moisturiser in the summer months, look for something that is still hydrating, perhaps with hyaluronic acid or vitamin e for that boost.
If your skin is feeling a little toasty, look for cooling, anti-inflammatory products that will help heal your skin and cool it in the moment. Great ingredients to look for include Aloe Vera, Oat Kernel Extract and anti-oxidant rich ingredients like black current seed oil. Look for products that promote healing and are deeply hydrating.
Treat any hyperpigmentation
Do you find that your skin starts to look uneven after being out in the sun? Treat (and help prevent this) using brightening ingredients such as vitamin c, salicylic acid. SPF will be one of your most effective tools at avoiding uneven skin tone: I’m talking about those brown marks and hyperpigmentation on the skin.
If your skin isn’t sensitive from the sun, using an exfoliate will help to ensure your skin will keep that gorgeous glow, not dulled down but dead skin on the surface and help even out any uneven skin tone. This will also help unclog any clogged pores from oil, makeup, sweat and SPF on the skin. Your skin will be silky smooth.
However, if your skin is extra sensitive you might want to skip this step: it might be too harsh!
Skin Alchemists The Chocolate Cove Nourishing Body Exfoliate
If you have unfortunately burned your skin, make sure to take extra steps to avoid getting that skin in the sun. Wear protective clothing along with SPF and try and stay in the shade. If it’s quite severe sunburn or you feel like you may have heatstroke – do seek medical attention.