Q: Dear Deja, help! I tried to catch the rays of the last summer sun and now I am in the sun. What can I do?
Summer sunshine has been at a premium this year, so there’s no shade to try to get the most out of it. As black women, we’re definitely getting better at using it. Sunscreen But I know that some of us still go through the cracks of misinformation and the result can easily come out. Sunlight.
It is a myth that black skin cannot burn because it can burn and burns are usually difficult to detect because unlike white skin, your skin will not look red and swollen. Rather, it will turn black, which can easily be mistaken for a tan. In addition, some of the other symptoms of sunburn include feeling hot and prickly on the skin, dry and tight, and even glowing. Not pleasant at all (I feel your pain), but fortunately there are some ways to get it back to normal.
Not to mention that staying out of the sun is the key to avoiding burns. A cold shower or a cool flannel compress will help reduce inflammation followed by a generous aftertaste lotion – I love the new baby on the block Eucerin comfortable after sun sensitive relief sun lotion gel (.5 14.50), which is full of antioxidants such as alpha glycosylrotine to help minimize the effects of sun damage and regenerate the skin.
One of my favorite hexes is to keep a simple aloe vera gel in the fridge to use for sunburn or skin irritation. It’s simple, comfortable and effective, until you get something with the added benefits of skin care.
If your face is also burnt, think of water. You need a lot of hydration to reduce dry and greasy patches. You can’t be wrong. Evan Hydrangea Aqua Gel. (£ 20) which is an intense hydrator with their famous antioxidant thermal spring water as well as antioxidants that coats your skin with moisture and freshness, but without that heavy feeling. I like that you can apply light layers during the day but you can also use it as a night mask.
You need to be vigilant with sunscreen protection. I recommend that you cover with light layers but your skin can also be very sore, so choose spray sunscreen as it will be softer than rubbing anything into the skin. Ultrasonic UV face and scalp fog SPF50. (£ 18) My top choice is made for the most sensitive skin types and black skin without the awful white cast. You need to be very careful to reapply every two hours to keep your skin well protected.
Sorry for the inconvenience, but it is possible that you may have some hyper pigmentation, but it can be easily treated when the skin heals. Gentle exfoliation is the key, I like the combination of body and acid to get rid of dead skin cells. Soap is coming back for a moment and Glossy body hero exfoliating bar. (£ 12) Soft bamboo powder to remove old and dry skin cells.
Add two to three times a week. Beauty Pie Dr. Glycolic High Potency Perfecting and Exfoliating Body Lotion. (£ 50) Contains 20% glycolic and hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil and shea butter to remove superficial color and smooth your skin texture. It’s best applied to moist skin and don’t make the mistake I made – definitely avoid shaving!
Sunburn is no joke but damage can be minimized if you act fast. Also, check out my favorite sunscreen for dark skin because prevention. Always Better a poor horse than no horse at all