Skincare 101: How to Treat a Sunburn


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How to Treat a Sunburn: Hacks to Soothe and Treat Summer’s Biggest Buzz Kill

Sunburns are no fun! They burn, quite literally, then your skin peels, leaving blotchy skin for days to come. 

It’s easier said than done, but the best way to prevent sunburn is to stay out of the sun as much as possible. For those times you’re exposed to the sun, make sure to use a dermatologist-approved broad-spectrum sunscreen and plan to re-apply throughout the day. For more summertime skin care tips, read our previous post for tips on how to change up your skincare routine in the summer.

That said, we know it still happens. If you find yourself with a sunburn and this viral sunburn shaving cream hack isn’t your cup of tea (also not necessarily recommended by dermatologists, do your homework!), keep reading for our tried and true tricks on how to treat a sunburn. 

Aloe Vera for Sunburns

Aloe Vera Plant and Ice Cubes | ALASTIN SkincareIt’s always satisfying, and usually most convenient, to choose a natural route to healing as a response to sunburn. Thankfully, there are quite a few options to consider! 

First and foremost, aloe vera gel or lotion is a well-known natural sunburn remedy, but here’s a way you can take it a step further. Mix some aloe gel with water and pour the mixture into an ice cube tray. After freezing, you can use the aloe ice to rub on your burned skin, which will cool and soothe at the same time. You can do the same process with gels or lotions containing soy, which has the same cooling effect, and anti-inflammatory quality as aloe vera. 

Other Home & Natural Remedies for Sunburns

Woman bathing in milk and oatmeal to treat sunburn | ALASTIN SkincareCold yogurt and soy milk can both be soothing and protective to the sunburnt skin, as they are rich in protein. This sunburn tips article from TheCoveteur.com consulted a dermatologist who says that you can dip compresses into your cold milk or yogurt for 15-20 minutes to help soothe the burn and reapply every couple hours.

If you’re someone, (we see you Mariah Carey!) that loves the benefits of a relaxing milk bath, taking one post-burn is an amazing way to soothe your sun-damaged skin

If the soothing bath sounds appealing, you can try adding a few tablespoons of oatmeal to your milk bath because it has natural anti-inflammatory properties which can help to prevent itching and irritation.

The Vacation Hack for Sunburns

vacation essentials | ALASTIN SkincareAll of these are great skincare treatments but what if you’re in travel-mode and you’re reluctant to carry around ice cubes, a bottle of aloe, oatmeal, plus your favorite poolside cocktail? 

Enter, black tea bags! 

Tea bags are subtle enough to carry in a small purse and can do wonders for treating your sunburn. Black tea has tannic acid which helps maintain the pH balance of the skin and can help to calm skin irritation. Simply brew your black tea bags, then throw them in the refrigerator, or put them on ice. Once cooled, dab the bags on the sunburn. 

Skincare to Help a Sunburn

TriHex Preview Regimen | ALASTIN Skincare

Sometimes your sunburn requires a bit more TLC than a natural concoction can offer. Luckily, the ALASTIN Skincare TriHex Preview Regimen features four best-selling skincare products that are all TSA-approved and travel-friendly, but more importantly, will come in handy if you get a bit too much sun enjoying your vacation!

    • The Gentle Cleanser is both sulfate-free and is an anti-irritant formula making it excellent for sensitive skin post-sun.
    • A customer-favorite for even daily skincare, the Restorative Skin Complex with TriHex Technology® has both anti-aging ingredients and benefits but also helps support the skin’s natural ability to produce new, healthy collagen and elastin - which you’re going to need after extra sun damage.
    • Sun-drenched skin is going to feel dehydrated, so using the Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer with TriHex Technology® will help to add back moisture and hydration while also providing key botanicals that will help to calm the skin.
    • Last, but not least, don’t let it happen again! The TriHex Preview Regimen includes the 5-star rated HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36 for UVA/UVB sun protection while also providing a subtle tint that may help reduce the look of redness specifically on your face and décolleté. 

Most importantly, you’ll want to stay in the shade and cover up your affected areas until your sunburn is healed. While outdoors, it is important to wear tightly woven clothing that doesn’t allow the sun to penetrate through to your skin and when indoors, wear clothing that is breathable, and loosely woven. 

See a skincare physician or dermatologist if the burn is severe or if have any questions. In the meantime, these hacks will help keep your mind off the discomfort so you can get back to your carefree, summer living!

Do you have any tips for treating a sunburn? Share with us on Instagram or Facebook!

Article Reviewed by Wendy Johnson
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Vice President, Marketing

Wendy Johnson brings to Alastin Skincare over 22 years of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and aesthetics industry experience in various sales, training, marketing and thought leader development roles.

After spending 10 years in gastroenterology at Tap Pharmaceuticals and Prometheus Laboratories, with sales and marketing oversight for in-line and pre-launch products, Mrs. Johnson transitioned to an aesthetic career at SkinMedica in 2004. While there, she was responsible for marketing one of the top 2 branded prescription hydroquinones, launching a leading branded low potency steroid, and oversight of the acne franchise line extensions.

In 2010, Wendy joined Merz North America where she developed and managed the Physician Relations department in support of injectable, topical and device business units under Medical Affairs, before transitioning into managing a Regional Aesthetics Marketing team.

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