Summer sun, a blessing and a curse! No matter how damaging we know the sun can be there is just something about a summer tan that can be too tempting to resist. We need at least 15 minutes of sun daily for beneficial vitamin D but by now we all know it can be dangerous if we stay in it for too long without the proper protection. Sometimes, as hard as we try not to burn, we still do. The good news is we can help you feel better – fast!
Consider these three (or 4) products as the ultimate prescription for those times when you end up looking more lobster than bronze:
Post Sun – Immediate Action
After the sun, your skin is in a state of dehydration. Let’s give it some moisture! Keeping skin hydrated will keep it from feeling tight and uncomfortable. An added plus it cuts down on the chances of peeling, keeping skin looking healthy and glowing longer.
A light misting of Aromatic Algae Extract works to immediately make the skin feel replenished after a day outdoors. Mineral rich and hydrating algae extract combined with soothing Lavender and Basil essential oils help to reduce the look of inflammation and redness while feeding the skin with the vitamins and minerals needed to bounce back from damage. You will love the comforting feel of this summer skin staple.
Source Vitál Apothecary Tip: A helpful tip from one of our team members is to always take a bottle of Aromatic Algae Extract with you anytime you are planning to be out in the sun. That way you can use it right away anytime your face and body needs some extra moisture. Spray it on your skin at the pool and once you get home too for a soothing double dose that also keeps your tan lasting longer.
For daily skin maintenance, we love to spray it on after a shower (or bath) and follow with a rich moisturizer like our algae-rich Nourishing Body Cream or one of our ultra-hydrating Body Butters. This is a great protocol for those suffering from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and contact dermatitis.
Sunburn Treatment – Home Care
Cool Down: Cool the burn is the first step once you get back inside. They key here is to use a product has a gentle touch on tender skin. Cool Mask (for the face) and Cool Body Mask (for the body) are a great group of products that work fast to cool and soothe. Think of them as a topical band aid for stressed out skin!
These ultra-comforting gel cools the skin on contact. Specially formulated with skin-loving botanicals, pure algae, and essential oils of Lavender, Geranium, Lemon and Chamomile, you will feel the heat start to disappear. While Cool Mask is formulated more for the face and Cool Body Mask for the body, either can be used on both areas. Great for all skin types, these mask helps restore skin to look like it has been well cared for, despite the occasional abuse.
Apply either mask to irritated skin. Allow to soak in for 15-20 minutes. This product doesn’t necessarily have to be washed off since most of it penetrates into the skin. If your skin is thirsty enough, it may disappear!
Source Vitál Apothecary Tip: Keep Cool Mask and Cool Body Mask in the fridge to get a cooling effect that’s even more intense. Will feel great on sun burns, wind burns, minor burns and generally agitated skin. You may even apply a cool compress on top of the mask to further relieve the feeling of inflammation.
First Aid: Once skin has cooled off a bit give it a shot of First Aid Spray. One of our most popular and versatile products, this natural aromatic spray helps to further soothe and take out the sting of burned skin.
Like a magic elixir, First Aid Spray quickly coaxes the skin back to health by creating an environment that makes the skin simply feel better. With Peppermint, Lavender, Chamomile and Helichrysum essential oils plus Aloe Vera, Cucumber and Green Tea extracts, this spray cools, cleanses and hydrates the skin with a comforting tingle. And it smells just as good as it feels.
Please note: Depending on degree of sunburn, you may require medical help. If you think you have a severe burn, do not try to treat it at home and contact your doctor immediately.
This cocktail of Aromatic Algae Extract, Cool Mask/Cool Body Mask and First Aid Spray is a powerful trio that will get skin back to normal fast. Enriched with natural ingredients and no harsh chemicals, your skin will thank you for the extra pampering.
When skin is compromised, remember to reach for products that are extra gentle and will not do any further harm. Our collection of Lavender products is a great option as they are both calming, hydrating and gentle.
Having the right tools can help you enjoy your time outdoors and look great. These products only add a few extra minutes to your summer skin routine and are safe to use on everyone in the family, even your cats or dogs.
Let us know how you are enjoying your summer and always remember your sunscreen!