I recently learned a valuable lesson on the importance of sunscreen. After spending a day lakeside (yep, Alberta does have some water) while soaking up the sun, my skin was most definitely NOT happy with me. I know, I know, I should have had sunscreen on (especially on my face), but normally I wear a nice big hat to protect my delicate skin. Unfortunately, it was windy, so the hat was left off and I completely forgot that my bare skin had no protection at all.
We all know that the sun is not our friend, but it’s sometimes hard to remember that there are long term consequences – wrinkles, age spots, and more seriously, numerous forms of skin cancer. Short term consequences usually remind us of the dangers of the sun and the sunburn I ended up with was a pretty good wake up call. My skin was instantly dried out, red and uneven, and essentially a total mess for the better part of a week. While I’ll be no means preach about the importance of sunscreen, I am sharing my recovery tips below.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Above all else, a good moisturizer will set your skin on the path to recovery. I slathered it on for days afterwards. My daytime moisturizer of choice is Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+.
Gently exfoliate (GENTLY!). After the initial sunburn has waned, you’ll want to start gently sloughing off the dead and dried out skin that will eventually start peeling (I know, ew!). I use Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub.
Avoid makeup, if possible. Not only will it settle on those dry patches and make it even more obvious that you got a burn, but keeping your skin makeup-free will help it recover and replenish faster. I never go without makeup, but I did this time (for four whole days!) and it definitely helped improve my skin tone and texture a bit more quickly.
Treat uneven skin tone. By the time you reach your thirties, your skin is going to try to protect itself from the sun by producing more melanin. In my case, this means discolouration on my cheeks and all over my nose when I have too much sun exposure. You can reverse some (not all) of this by using a tone correcting cream once your skin is feeling better (I waited six days before starting). I love Neutrogena’s Rapid Tone Repair Lotion that include SPF 30 coverage and starts to improve tone in one week. I also love the nighttime version and the concentrated serum.
Wear sunscreen daily. Whether it’s included in your daily moisturizer, your CC cream, or applied separately, wear it. Every damn day.
What are your sun exposure recovery secrets? Do you have any favourite sunscreen products for the face? Share with me in the comments below!
Enjoy the pretty things in life,