Like most people, when the weather is hot, we love to spend every moment we can outdoors soaking it all up! All too quickly, however, the sun’s kiss can turn into a bite leaving skin sunburned and sensitive to touch. And when a sunburn hits, you’ve got to give that scorched skin a little TLC—tender Lush care.
When you’re suffering from a sunburn, the top layers of your skin have literally been burned by overexposure to powerful rays, depriving it of nutrients and hydration, leaving it zapped totally dry. Skin can feel hot and sensitive when touched, and more severe burns can blister and be accompanied by headache and fever, or even contribute to sunstroke. Within a few days, most mild sunburns will begin to heal as new skin cells emerge in fresher layers, and the sunburned skin flakes off in a tell-tale mess.
Even worse news: sunburns damage in the moment, as well as in the long run. Repeated damage to skin cells through sunburns wears them out over time. It weakens skin’s elasticity and our ability to fend off attacks from free radicals. So not only will skin age faster, but becomes more vulnerable to damage and especially skin cancer down the road.
Soak up some prevention
Prevention is the name of the game, especially when it comes to sunburns. And remember that preparation is key! Being prepared for unexpected time in the sun can go a long way to keeping your skin burn-free.
If you do plan to be outdoors, exposed skin needs a little reinforcement:
• Sunscreen, especially ones that block both UVA and UVB rays, is the first defense against the sun’s harsh rays. Available in a variety of formats ranging from spray-on to sprinkle-on, and the tried and true slathering-on, you’ll want to choose a sunscreen with a higher SPF—usually SPF 30 and higher.
• Covering up will bulk up that defense. Sure, sunglasses make you more comfortable and stylish, but quality lenses also block out damaging rays from the eye area as well. The same goes for protecting the scalp and head under a wide-brimmed or full-coverage hat. You can even wear sunscreen under your clothes and swimwear for maximum protection.
• Eat your fruits and veg. Interestingly, eating lots of fresh, brightly colored fruits and vegetables can help your skin rev up its defenses from the inside. Since you’re taking in the same nutrients the produce uses to protect itself from sun damage while it’s growing, antioxidants like lycopene are thought to increase internal protection from the sun.
• If you're really sensitive, it’s best to stay indoors midday to avoid the sun, or seek shade where you can. If you can’t avoid it, bring a parasol—it’s like having your own personal shade whenever you need it.
Nursing your sunburn
Even the most careful suffer from time to time, especially in tropical locations, where the rays can be strongest. So what’s a sore body to do?
1. Get your soak on
Soaking in a room-temperature bath can get the healing process started, and relieve initial discomfort. Add Ceridwen’s Cauldron Luxury Bath Melt to your water and its enchanting blend of ingredients will get to work: cocoa butter and walnut oil will melt slowly into your bath water to create a skin-soothing utopia that’ll quench and soften dehydrated skin, while whole oats instantly soothe that sensitive skin.
2. Lock in moisture
When your skin is sunburned, it loses moisture and minerals. It’s easy to work those things back in by using fresh, seaweed-rich products like Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask or Aqua Marina Face And Body Cleanser. They each have a calamine base that helps reduce redness, as well as seaweed to lavish the skin in much-needed minerals. Similarly, our Dreamwash Shower Smoothie can provide similar relief with calamine, coconut oil and aloe vera.
No Lush? No problem. Try out an old-school remedy and grab a raw potato, slice it up or grate it and then apply a layer of taters to the affected area. The starch in potatoes will help cool inflammation and ease topical pain. If you’re plum out of potatoes, laying cool damp washcloths over sunburned skin will help ease the discomfort and sting, too.
3. New skin needs the most TLC
Peeling skin is, usually, the last stage of your sunburn and the new skin underneath needs love and attention. For hundreds of years, oats have been used to help restore skin after sunburn. Dream Cream is packed full of soothing, gentle oat milk to nourish skin in a light, protective formula. Skin cells are nurtured back to a good state, while skin also benefits from the soothing properties of essential oils like chamomile and lavender.
For the face, Cosmetic Lad is a restorative blend of lavender honey, aloe vera, and fresh wheatgrass—a soothing combo for suffering faces. The ingredients can be extremely soothing in the moment, calming inflammation and irritation, while hydrating deeper layers of the skin to help it look and feel its best.
The days are still long and the sunshine is calling. Bringing a bit of precaution to the party can keep skin happy, now and later on as you age. Give our customer care team a call at 1-888-733-5874 or visit your local shop to get keep your skin happy all summer long. You’ll thank yourself later!