Even in the Bay Area, summer often means sunburns. To help you soothe your fried skin, try one or more of these eight easy solutions from super simple aloe and diy recipes to remedies you can buy.
The most basic and simple solution is to head straight to an aloe plant. If you have one of these, cut off a piece and apply the juice and pulp on your burn at least twice a day. Also consider refrigerating pieces of aloe first for extra cooling relief.
Soothing DIY Recipes. Aloe isn't the only natural remedy around. Scott-Vincent Borba, celebrity esthetician and the man behind the Borba brand, offers four recipes that may give you even more relief than aloe.
Fizzy Milk Bath. Borba says you can get head-to-toe relief with a cool, fizzy milk bath. The milk, which is rich in vitamin D, contains essential fats that create a temporary barrier on the skin and soothe pain while carbonation immediately calms skin irritation.
How to: Fill your tub with cool water. Add one gallon of milk and two Alka-Seltzer tablets. Once you're in the tub, begin adding one or two dozen ice cubes. Adding them after you get in allows your body time to acclimate to the cool temperature.
Skin Smoothie Compress. Yogurt also contains fats that creates a temporary barrier on the skin and soothes pain.
How to: Fill a large zip-top bag with yogurt. Freeze it for at least 30 minutes. Remove the bag from the freezer and puncture the front and the back with a fork or icepick. Wrap a towel around the bag and set it on the sunburned area.
The Cool Dip. The fats in sour cream alleviate pain and redness. The cooling sensation lasts longer than aloe vera.
How to: Slather sour cream on the sunburned area and cover with an ice cold wash cloth. Repeat until stinging or burning sensations calm.
Starch in potatoes offers immediate relief to a sunburn. Green granny apples have anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness.
How to: Chop two large potatoes or two green apples. Put the pieces in a blender with a tablespoon of honey the honey helps the mixture stick. Puree the ingredients. Spread the mixture on your burn for instant relief. Borba suggested using potatoes or apples. But I'm guessing pureeing one of each is probably a good way to go too.
No Mixing Required. I love trying DIY remedies. But sometimes I simply don't have the time or don't want to deal with the mess so I prefer to go with a concoction that's already been prepared for me.
Liz Earle Sun Shade Botanical Aftersun Gel. This gel from the botanical line Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare is loaded with soothing natural ingredients. Aloe vera hydrates, lavender soothes, cucumber extract refreshes and vitamin E provides antioxidant protection to counter the damaging effects of the sun's rays. It has a wonderful cool feel, smells amazing, absorbs quickly and doesn't feel sticky like so many aloe vera products do. Fred Segal in Santa Monica and Brownes Beauty in Miami.
Sothys Cellu-Guard Soothing After-Sun Body Care. This is a lightweight lotion that hydrates and leaves skin feeling very soft. It contains Sothys' proprietary Cellu-guard Complex to protect collagen fibers and elastin for younger looking skin and soothes by limiting inflammation. It also contains jasmine flavanoids to strengthen and protect the skin from skin-damaging free radicals. Available for $40 at select salons and spas and at online stores like skinstore.com. For more information, visit sothys-usa.com.
Anytime you get a burn of any kind, you have inflammation to tend to, so consider taking ibuprofen found in Advil, which reduces inflammation to calm discomfort.