We’re about as excited as Olaf would be now that it’s officially summer. There are very few downsides to this blessed season, but if we had to pick the worst one it’d easily be sunburns. You never want any of these words to describe how you look after a little fun-in-the-sun: fried, crispy, lobster, tomato, singed, or scorched. Yet every once in a while, especially at the beginning of summer when we’re gung ho to enjoy the warm temperatures we find lobster to be what describes us instead of what’s on the menu.
Unless you’ve been living in Antarctica, by now most of us know to wear sunscreen and we’re responsible, mature, adults that usually remember to throw it in with our swim gear. But, every once in a while we’re having too much fun frolicking in the sun to remember to reapply and end up paying for it. You’re left with regret seared onto your skin to painfully remind you of your folly for days.
Besides worrying about your length of exposure, did you know that there are locations that are actually worse for your skin? Depending on the destinations’ geographic location it can actually be easier to treat your skin badly there. Here are five locations where your skin might get beat up a bit moreand you’ll finally have an excuse for your poor sunscreen memory and raccoon eyes:
Whether those are all the precise locations of your family reunions (what a globe-trotting family you have!). Or, you’re just planning on spending more time outside at your son’s t-ball games, it can be easy to get tickled pink by the sun.
So, what do you do once the damage is done?
You can swear off the sun, and start adopting a vampire’s schedule or you can start treating the affected area with some TLC. We recommend these three tips from the American Academy of Dermatology:
- Take a cool bath or shower.
- Start downing some H20—we’re talking big gulp size. The AAD says: “A sunburn draws fluid to the skin surface and away from the rest of the body. Drinking extra water prevents dehydration.”
- Lube up. Just because you forgot to apply sunscreen before, doesn’t mean you should skimp on moisturizer after. “Moisturize to help ease the discomfort caused by dryness. As soon as you get out of the bathtub, gently pat yourself dry, but leave a little water on your skin. Then apply a moisturizer to trap the water in your skin.”
We would like to now unabashedly promote our Soothing Lotion for the third step. It a fantastic moisturizer that includes rose hip oil, which moisturizes even very sensitive skin. You’ll want to moisturize your skin after a day in the sun. Then, to take it a step further, (or would it be more appropriate to say a shade further?), we added methylpropanediol which enhances the penetration of the other ingredients into the skin’s surface.
We’d also highly recommend having a very attractive person apply Soothing Lotion, while feeding you grapes and fanning you with palm leaves. If you’ve gotta have a sunburn, you may as well have a little fun. Play that sympathy card!
In all seriousness, whether you’re ebony or ivory, we hope you’ll have lots of fun in the sun this summer. And, for those oops moments when you forget to apply sunscreen be sure to use Soothing Lotion to nurse your skin back to its glamorous old self.