Relieve the Fire – Sunburn Remedies

relieve the burn blogWe are all guilty of it – the infatuation with golden, bronzed skin. Even makeup looks requires bronzer. Body bronzers have become increasingly popular, sunless tanning is on the rise and tanning salons still are making a profit.

Then we have the people like me, who despite all the knowledge of the damage sun causes, still love to go to the beach or pool – frequently. Though I am usually good about wearing sunscreen, one application is not enough to save you from the dreaded sunburn or worse – sun damage.

Let’s begin with developing an understanding of how a tan and consequently sunburn occurs.

The sun emits ultraviolet light rays also known us UV rays. Skin’s exposure to UV rays activates the production of melanin in your skin to protect your skin’s DNA from being harmed by the sun. When melanin is activated, it turns brown giving the appearance of a tan.

Bad Effects From The Burn

The bottom line? No matter how great the sun kissed look is, the sun damages your skin. We have all seen fellow beach goers who have somehow converted their skin to leather. Persistent use of tanning beds and lack of protective sunscreens when at the beach and pool can be extremely damaging and if your skin texture has morphed, it’s a sign to stop.

Effects from sunburns include premature wrinkles. Sun exposure accelerates the skin aging process significantly.

It also increases breakout activity. The dryness caused leads your skin to overproduce oil leading to clogged pores.
Most importantly, it also increases the risk of skin cancer and melanoma.

It Just Happened

A sunburn is never achieved on purpose (we hope), it happens (although you should make it a priority to never get burned). Through my own experiences and tips given by others, here is a compilation of remedies to soothe sunburns.

First and foremost, get out of the sun. Find a cool location that is sheltered and provides shade. When you get home, try these. Please note, if you develop sun blisters, medical attention is a must!

Dandruff Shampoo. Who knew? I like using Head & Shoulders Eucalyptus myself when I need it ASAP. Since it helps with the itchiness from a dry scalp, it helps with the itchiness of skin that has been dried exponentially from the sun. The eucalyptus in the shampoo also soothes the burn. Jump into the shower, use cool water and lather it on your burned areas.

Rx. Aspiring, Advil, Motrin – either will work great to reduce the inflammation and redness caused by the culprit rays.

Cool shower. A warm shower or hot shower on sensitive, burned skin will only increase the inflammation and discomfort. The goal is to cool down the skin temperature.

Be rich. In moisturizing we mean. Use lotions that do not contain anti-aging ingredients like retinols or hydroxy acids. These will only make your skin more sensitive to the sun during the healing process. Sunburn usually leads to peeling which means your skin has dried.

Rehydrate. Drink water often and lots of it to help the healing process along.

Got milk? Perfect. Then try a cold compress. Water, milk and ice cubes mixed in a bowl equal a recipe to soothe your skin and reduce inflammation. Milk’s protein and pH levels are more than just nutritious! Use a towel to apply it on the affected area for five minutes. Repeat this process three times.

Slather it on. SPF is now more important after encountering the pain sunburns bring. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen to combat UVA and UVB rays.

We wish you and your skin a safe summer.

Stay beautiful!

Products To Try:
DS Labs Dandrene High Performance Shampoo

RevaleSkin Natural Defense SPF 25 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

SkinMedica Environmental Defense Sunscreen with UV ProPlex Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

Dr. Brandt UV SPF 30 High Protection

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Which Tan Towel is right for you?

Spring has just started, but the weather doesn’t seem to be ready to change! It makes it a little difficult to be fresh & sun kissed, when we’re still bundled up in our Winter clothes! We have a solution for you…  Tan Towel! You’re probably thinking “I will end up looking like an orange” or even better, “an orange Zebra”. Well, you’re wrong! You can achieve a gorgeous tan safely at home with these very practical tanning towelettes. Application is simple, the solution is odorless, and it does not streak! A fabulous perk these tanning towelettes provide is that you can prevent tanning lines! No one likes a strapless dress with an invisible bikini top sticking out. Tan Towels are the next best thing next to the bandeaux top!

Now to the real question… Which one do I use? Well our amazing team has created this simple flow chart for you to follow and figure out which is the best for skin color & skin type. Happy bronzing!

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Skincare for Dry Skin in the Summer

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Winter is not the only season that brings out dry skin. The summer’s ruthless rays and dry heat call dry, flaky skin out to play, as well. Without the proper care for dry skin, you may see a new coming of rashes, dryness and blemishes. Aside from the aesthetic concerns that result from dry skin, it’s also uncomfortable as it may often mean itchiness, tightness or even pain. Dry skin is very common; everyday-causes include the wrong soap, hot baths, medical conditions or clothing.

Face
Facials and face masks are important during the summer season because they cleanse and exfoliate the top layer of dry skin. Protect the skin’s acid mantel, which covers the skin and locks in moisture, by avoiding soap and water. If you can’t resist, use a mild soap and limit it to once in the morning. Too much wetting and drying of the skin dries it out.
Tip: Use a cream or oil-based cleanser in the morning and evening. Apply to the skin, massage in gently, let it sit for a few seconds and then wipe it off with a damp, soft cloth. If you use a toner, make sure it is alcohol free (Peter Thomas Roth Aloe Tonic Mist).
Recommendations: DDF Anti-Aging Non Drying Gentle Cleanser or Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser.

Moisturizing
Use mild moisturizers without perfumes. For dry body skin, thick and greasy moisturizers are best. A simple test: put some lotion in the palm of your hand and flip your hand over; if it runs or drips, it’s not thick enough for dry body skin.
Tip: According to experts, many of us do not use moisturizers correctly. Don’t apply moisturizer on dry skin. Apply moisturizer when the skin is still damp (water helps lock in moisture). Pat your skin dry with a towel and apply the moisturizer. Let it sit for a few minutes and then towel off any excess product.
Recommendations: For the face: DDF Anti Aging Daily Protective Moisturizer SPF 15. For the body: MD Skincare Hydra-Pure Firming Body Cream.

Bath Time
Prolonged exposure to water (especially hot water) can wash away the skin’s protective natural oils.  If your skin feels tight when you get out of the bath or shower, it’s dried out.
Tip: Choose showers over baths, limit it to a few minutes and use lukewarm water rather than hot. Keep the lukewarm water rule when you wash your hands, as well.

Soap
Soap can strip away the skin’s protective natural oils. The majority of people use too much soap; unless you’re a child or work in a job that really gets your dirty, the only parts of your body that need soap are your face, hands, feet, groin and underarms. The other parts of us can do with simple rinsing.
Tip: Use a mild, creamy, moisturizing non-soap cleanser that contains glycerin or petrolatum and is fragrance-free.
Recommendations: For the face: see above. For the body: Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Oasis Body Wash.

Exfoliating
Moisturizers are much more effective on skin that is properly exfoliated.
Tip: According to Marcia Kilgore of Bliss Spa in New York, it is best to scrub skin when it is dry. Apply the scrub to the skin before you turn on the water. Mix with some lotion if the scrub needs moisture. Massage the scrub into the skin for a few minutes and then rinse.
Recommendations: For the face: DDF Anti Aging Advanced Micro-Exfoliation Cleanser. For the body: Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Buffing Beads.

Lips
Our lips retain less moisture than the rest of our body and dry out more quickly. Licking your lips only dries them out more.
Tip: Use a toothbrush to brush your lips in a circular motion to remove dead flakes.
Recommendations: Use a lip balm or lip treatment such as the Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Therapy.

Sun Protection
Incase you weren’t paying attention before, the sun’s harsh rays dry out your skin.
Tip: Keep your skin safe from the sun with a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher (reapply regularly).
Recommendations: Murad Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30 or DDF Enhancing Sun Protection SPF 30.

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