My Secret Weapon To Heal A Sunburn Fast
When we moved to Florida, I knew my pale, white Irish-skin would have a problem with it.
Even when I squint in the mirror and trick myself into believing that I am getting some semblance of a tan living down here, I head to the beach or pool and realize I am still just barely a shade darker than Casper, the Friendly Ghost and I know that I have to battle the elements to make it through the summer without a sunburn.
Obviously, prevention is best.
On beach days, I always try to take precautions. As mentioned in my post regarding my beach day essentials, we use a beach umbrella and I generally take a high-powered SPF sunblock. I love Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, because it has a higher SPF and is non-greasy.
But, alas, sunburns still happen. This past weekend, we had a wonderful family beach day and I asked my husband if he packed the sunblock. He said he did…so I trusted him.
He packed the 30 SPF.
I looked at the can and immediately knew it was going to end badly for me. He clearly forgot who he was married to…
Needless to say, I came home a little…um…crisp. And that’s AFTER I stayed in the shade as much as possible.
Over the years, I have tried multiple sunburn treatments and remedies and one has stood out above the rest.
Here is the sunburn treatment method I utilize every.single.time. because IT WORKS!
Yep. A&D Ointment.
I am no doctor or dermatologist, but I learned about using A&D ointment a few years ago and did some ‘first-hand’ research myself.
Think about it- Your skin needs vitamins to repair itself and using A&D ointment for sunburn helps replenish those vitamins in your skin, allowing for quicker healing.
You can usually find A&D ointment with the diaper rash creams and you don’t even need the name brand stuff.
I was in Target, which was selling a 16 oz. tub of their brand of ointment for $11.49. The 4 oz. tubes were $2.29. $2.29 X 4 = $9.16… and that’s BEFORE my 5% RedCard discount.
I picked up just two tubes and went home to begin my regimen.
I start by taking a cool shower to help ease the sting and take out some of the heat.
Afterwards, I put on a layer of aloe vera gel. The more natural…the better. My neighbor gave me some aloe plant and I am going to try to actually grow my own.
Once the aloe has set in, I then use a layer of the A&D ointment. It’s greasy and smelly a bit.
A little goes a long way.
Put light clothes on that are not too tight and then I usually go to bed or take a nap.
By the next morning, I am always 10 times better!
It’s important to not use creams or vaseline that can just trap in the heat. The secret ingredients here are the vitamins.
The treatment also helps ease the inevitable itch and speed up healing. I will generally do another layer or aloe or ointment the next day, depending on the severity of the burn. Fortunately, I don’t find myself getting too many sunburns anymore.