Sunburn/Bad Tan Lines
There are a lot of myths surrounding the treatment of sunburn, and we’ve debunked a few for you already. Also, just wear sunscreen already! But we digress. Whether it’s a run-of-the-mill burn or the dreaded farmer’s tan, we’ve got some solutions for you.
To avoid it: Listen, we know you know the drill: Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen, “applied before heading outdoors and then reapplied every 1–2 hours and after swimming, sweating or toweling off,” reminds Dr. Waldorf. If you’re going to be doing sweat-heavy activity, try Blue Lizard Sport SPF 30+; for beach or poolside, use Elta MD UV Aero Spray, Colorescience Sunforgettable Powder Sunscreen in a refillable brush, or any water resistant Anthelios; for daily use, Dr. Waldorf likes Elta MD UV Clear.
Go the extra mile with a broad-brimmed hat and cover-up, and (say it with me) avoid the sun between 10 and 2.
If you’ve already been out in the sun: Okay, we’ll give you the benefit of a doubt and say you were caught unawares in the sun’s rays. Now you’re burnt. (We told you so!)
First, act quickly to move out of the sun. Guilis says her trick is skipping the shower, which she believes opens up pores to make burns “come alive.” She says the key is to let your skin “relax”–you can also add a layer of moisturizer, like Australian Gold Moisture Lock Lotion, or even just plain avocado (Guilis likes the natural oils for skin).
Dr. Waldorf recommends first taking an aspirin or ibuprofin, followed by a topical corticosteroid cream like Cortaid “to reduce the cascade of inflammation.” She also likes applying something to the skin, though her skin soother of choice is a cool compress of water or water mixed with milk to calm the burn and “keep yourself internally hydrated.” (Speaking from first-hand experience, all of those options sound WAY BETTER than vinegar, FYI.)
And for those tricky tan lines? Guilis says your best best is using Sally Hansen Color Spray for Legs to try and blend them out. “There is usually such a difference in the color it can get tricky,” she admits. “But the Sally Hansen doesn’t move and it blends well.”