Feeling a little red-faced after the scorcher of a weekend?
Unfortunately, we don't have a magic spell to reverse what's already happened, but one man believes he has the key to help soothe and repair your damaged skin - and it's super surprising.
NewBeauty noticed that Facebook user Cindi Allen-Stewart's post was going viral on social media after she shared her husband's somewhat surprising hack for beating sunburn.
The ingenious hack? Use a menthol shaving foam - specifically Gillette Foamy Menthol - to relieve your burn. Dubious? Just take a look at the results...
Writing alongside the picture, she wrote: "It may seem like it's a strange shaving ritual, but trust me! Don't rub it in, just let it sit on your skin. It will start bringing all that heat out (you'll be able to feel it). You may feel like you are itchy too, but that's a good thing! Itching means healing.
She smoothed the cream on and left it there for 30 minutes, adding: "you will feel as if you're becoming a little cold."
If you'd rather pass on the shaving foam hack, here's five alternative solutions...
Pull up a spot in the shade and listen in...
HOW TO TREAT A SUNBURN
Step 1: Reduce inflammation
In the initial hours after you have a burn, your body is trying to respond to that external trauma by increasing blood flow to that area, which is why it goes very red.
With increased blood flow comes an increase of inflammation in that area, so you may want to take an aspirin or ibuprofen to ease inflammation and reduce pain.
STEP 2: Cool down
At the first signs of too much sun, Trilogy’s In-House Skin Expert, Corinne Morley, recommends we should “head for the shade, grab a glass of iced water and apply a cool compress to effected areas for immediate relief."
Don't have a cool compress? Slather the area in cold plain yoghurt; the probiotics will help restore your natural skin barrier while soothing the skin.
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STEP 3: Avoid actives
Sun damage will make your skin extra sensitive, so make sure you take a look at your current skincare routine and remove any actives or acids. And defintiely don't use any physical or chemical exfoliants for a few days.
STEP 4: Use soothing skincare
In the few days after sunburn, you'll want to lay off using too much skincare. The skin needs a chance to calm down, and using too much can be counterproductive.
But what you do use should be ultra-calming and gentle. For cleanser, we recommend La Roche Posay Toleriane Cleanser (£12.50), followed by either Dermalogica's Calm Water Gel (£44.50) if you have normal to dry skin, or Zelens Z Recovery Intense Repair Balm (£95) for oily or combination skin. Both will supply a light but soothing hit of hydration. Corrine also recommends Trilogy's Very Gentle Calming Serum (£29.50).
STEP 5: Don't pop blisters or peel skin
If your sunburn is so bad that it begins to blister or peel, do not break or pull on the skin. Blisters popping up is your body's way of creating a natural barrier to help the skin heal.
If you’ve tried all of this and your skin still feels like it’s burning or on fire, head to the pharmacy to seek help or pick yourself up some hydrocortisone cream, which will help reduce inflammation at a much stronger level.
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