Dealing with sunburn

It seems that FINALLY Spring has sprung for us in cold, rainy old England! The weather is getting a little bit warmer, and the rain is at least trying to go away.

However, I have (luckily/unluckily?) missed most of it, as last week, me and R decided – in a pretty impromotu fashion – to fly off to the Canary Islands for a little holiday.

Since, so many people are on holiday getting some last minute Winter sun, and the fact that the sun may finally be poking it’s head out at home, I thought I would share my recent experiences on dealing with sunburn!


Now, the first thing to say is the easiest (and most obvious) way to deal with sunburn is to not get it in the first place. I’m sure I don’t need to say this but it’s best to always wear suncream, stay in the shade at the hottest part of the day, etc,etc,etc.

However. I’m sure a few of you, like me, are a little bit careless/forgetful/easily flustered. Which is how I ended up so badly burned. I took my own advice for the main part of the holiday. I wore suncream, and was nicely sunkissed – and most importantly not burnt.

On the last day, we thought we had planned really well, and we knew when we had to be out of the hotel and on the transfer bus. Although, I’m sure you’ve figured out by now being organised, is sadly not my strong point. And, it turned out, we had to be out of the hotel room about an hour and a half earlier than we first anticipated.

So, cue some very flustered last minute packing, checking we haven’t left anything behind and general running around frantically. We managed to check out of our hotel at the right time, and decided to use the extra time to chill and get some lunch. Which we did. On the hottest day of the holiday. Outside. With zero shade.

And of course, in all the panicked packing, we had not only forgot to put suncream on in the first place. But we had packed it into the suitcases, which we had locked in the storage room of the hotel. 

Needless to say I ended up burnt like hell. Which I didn’t realise until we were waiting in the airport. For our delayed flight. With the moisturiser and sun-cream taken away to the plane. I don’t think I need to tell you how much of an unhappy flight was had. Oh, and did I mention that we got back to our flat at about 2.45am meaning I was so tired, I just fell into bed, forgetting to after-sun, until the next morning.

Please note that this was originally taken just to get some sympathy off my Mum. And then I realised it would help illustrate my point...
Please note that this was originally taken just to get some sympathy off my Mum. And then I realised it would help illustrate my point…

Obviously, by the time I woke up the next morning, my skin needed help. So what did I do?

Well, my first tip would be to after-sun, as soon as possible. No matter what time of the morning it is and how much you want to go to bed.

But since I forgot to do that, my first port of call was a nice, very cool bath. Pretty much as cold as I could stand it. And since I was feeling sorry for myself, I decided to drop a Lush Comforter bubble bar in there. Partly to make myself feel better. Partly because they make the water more moisturising for your my skin. But of course the main goal of the bath was to cool my burning, burning, burnt skin.

After getting out of the bath – and just to warn, getting out is almost as painful as getting in – I found the softest towel I owned and dried myself very gently as not to encourage my skin to peel and go patchy.

I knew the best thing to do after that – both to cool my skin down and take the sting out as much as possible, and to encourage it to heal as quickly as possible was to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. And to keep repeating this process for at the very least a few days.

For this I have been using two different moisturisers. Mainly because I can’t pick between which I like better. The first is another Lush product – Vanilla Dee-Lite.

I chose this because it is both very intenesly moisturising, and its liquidy consistency means you don’t have to rub at the skin too hard to work it in. Again, trying to aggrevate the skin as little as possible. It also smells enough of vanilla to make me feel a little less grumpy, but not overpoweringly so.

The other one I have been using is Soap and Glory’s The Righteous Butter. Again, the main reason for this is because of how intenesly moisturing it is. It is slightly harder to work into the skin than the Vanilla Dee-Lite. However, it leave barely any greasy residue on the skin, making it more practical to rub in before getting dressed than the Lush moisturiser. It also doesn’t have a particularly strong smell, which means it doesn’t interact with the smell of my perfume, if I’m using it before getting ready for the day.

Annoyingly, I have also been left with some delightfully attractive sunglasses shaped tan lines on my face. Which means I’ve been struggling with the sense of not wearing make up, while the burnt part of my face heals. the logical way to deal with this first world problem would be to use tinted moisturiser on my face. Just enough to keep my super red-raw nose a normal skin colour.

My first stop to deal with this was Lush’s Oatifix (you can see my full review here) but the clipbotes version is that it’s for super dry skin. You’re only meant to leave it on for about 10-15 minites, but in the interest of soothing the burn as much as possible, I’ve been leaving it on a little longer. I’ve also been using another Lush old favourite Mint Ju-Lips lip scrub, to help get rid of any dried up, burned skin on/around my lips.

In the meantime… 
Sadly, in the past ten or so years, I have tried many different tinted moisturisers, and sadly have had an allergic reaction to them all. (weird, I know considering I can use majority of normal moisturisers completely fine). So I’ve just been essentially making my own tinted moisturiser. Mixing a very small amount of my Max Factor foundation with a small amount of the Vanilla Dee-Lite. I chose this one over the Righteous Butter, purely because the more liquidy consistantcy, makes it easier to mix the two. Luckily, the Max Factor foundation is particularly moisturising anyway. But I have only been using that to cover the extreme redness, contrasted by the whiteness of around my eyes. And pretty much trying to avoid all other make up which could make it worse…

So, any tips which I have missed out? Seriously, I desperately need them right now!


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