At Intoxicated, we are constantly preaching the importance of SPF. Yet even the most devoted sunscreen wearers can suffer from the painful effects of a sunburn! Sometimes, the UV index is so high during this time of summer that unless you are constantly reapplying a high SPF, some effects of the sun will most definitely sneak through that protective layer. When you get a sunburn, unfortunately, the sun has penetrated the skin so deeply that it alters the DNA of your skin cells, which results in damage. Although a sunburn is painful and damages the skin, there are things you can do to cool the pain and lessen the damage.
For easing the pain:
1. Aloe Vera
You probably already know that Aloe Vera is the most commonly used treatment for sunburn. Not only does the product have a physical cooling effect to ease the pain, it also has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe the sunburn skin and help it heal faster.
2. Cold Water
Another commonly used remedy is cold water: taking a cold shower after increased exposure to the sun will obviously, cool down the skin and rid you of that painful burning sensation.
3. Pain Medicine
Many people assume the only way to treat a sunburn is through topical treatment. However, by taking ibuprofen, you can ease your pain from the inside! Ibuprofen can help reduce redness and swelling, as well as lessen the pain.
For repairing the damage:
1. Hyaluronic acid and Hyadisine
Although hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body, adding it to your skincare is crucial, especially after sun damage. Hyaluronic acid is ultra-hydrating, plumping, and restorative. Hyaluronic acid is a powerhouse in the skincare world, and just so happens to be in our very own Antidote Moisturizer!
However, while we love hyaluronic acid, you may have even better results with hyadisine. Hyadisine provides 58.5% more moisturization than it’s older, more widely used alternative, hyaluronic acid. It’s high water-retaining capacity means that you get immediate, long-lasting moisturization and instant wrinkle reduction. Additionally, this ingredient has skin replenishing properties. When used, it can recover the skin’s lost volume for instant skin smoothing and plumping. All three of our serums contain hyadisine, so you will get these benefits from any of our serums that you use!
2. Green Tea
Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant called EGCG that fights DNA damage from UV rays to prevent skin cancer. That means it’s also a potent anti-aging ingredient that combats signs of aging when ingested or applied topically. Green tea also has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to its high content of polyphenols called catechins. The catechins in green tea reduce irritation, redness, and swelling.
3. Deep Moisturizing
Any time you get a sunburn, your skin may start to peel, scale, and feel very dry. To stop this from happening, You will need to moisturize your skin frequently. For body sunburns, there are many lotions that have aloe vera in them, which certainly will help your body sunburns. As we mentioned earlier, you will want to be using moisturizer and serums with hyaluronic acid and hyadisine due to their hydrating properties.
However, there is another ultra-hydrating ingredient that helps restore moisture in the skin: snail mucin! Snail mucin is the superstar of our very own Snail Serum. It is intensely hydrating, promotes skin-firmness, and reduces wrinkles. The glycoproteins, glycolic acid, and trihydroxy palmitic acid in Snail Serum work together to keep the skin smooth, strong, and hydrated! To learn more about Snail Mucin, check out our blog post, The Benefits of Snail Mucin.
4. General anti-aging skincare
Even after the sunburn has seemed to subside, unfortunately, the damage will remain. UV exposure is responsible for 80% of visible aging, and those signs of aging are expedited when you reach the point of a sunburn. Therefore, it is important to use preventative and anti-aging skincare products to treat the damage caused by the sun. All three of our serums are anti-aging and prevent skin damage, so Intoxicated Cosmetics serums are your best friend after spending a summer in the sun!