It happens to even the very best of us. Its painful. Its red. It peels after a while. Its a sunburn. Now if youre anything like me you have naturally pale skin and burn easy. For some reason I got the super sensitive fair skin while my brother got the gorgeous olive, easy-to-tan skin and dark hair. Regardless, I decided it would be a wonderful idea to hang out by the pool the other day. Wrong decision! Let’s just say the front half of my body is now a lovely shade of red.
But I have found a remedy. It not only stops pain but it also helps tone down the redness. . .considerably.
Start off with boiling several cups of water and steeping 5 or so bags of earl grey tea. Let it cool slightly, soak a towel or old tshirt in it, and let it sit on the burned area for 20-30 minutes. This helps take down a lot (practically all) of the pain and stinging from the burn.
Now its time to apply a weird concoction to your skin that makes you smell like a lavender flavored almond joy!
Mix a few drops of lavender essential oil to a decent sized glob of coconut oil and lather up on the burned areas. You can also use a lavender body mist and let it dry before applying plain organic coconut oil (what I did). I let this all sit on my skin for about an hour before washing my body in the shower because I felt so greasy and smelly. During that hour, I also sat with coconut oil in my hair as a super charged deep conditioning treatment and washed it out in the shower as well.
After I was all clean, I applied one of my absolute favorite products from Bath & Body Works tru blue spa collection. The after sun moisturizer! It smells like an orange creamsicle and contains aloe vera that also helps calm down the skin.
I did all of this at night before bed. When I woke up the next morning, a majority of the redness had gone down on my arms, stomach, and parts of my legs. Do these steps once a day for a few days and a majority of the redness should be gone with little to no peeling whatsoever. This process was actually something I found online from multiple people who all claimed that it worked with before and after pictures as proof. So far its working for me so whenever you find yourself lobster-esque, try it out and see if it works for you too. In the meantime, remember to slather on the sunscreen to help prevent future burns!