Apologies for disappearing on you, friends. As you all likely know, this past weekend was the 4th of July/Independence Day/’Merica Day. It wasn’t a busy weekend for us, but that’s exactly how I like it. It started off a bit rough however…
I’m incredibly fair. Like, translucent fair. Let’s just say that I’ve gotten burned after 10 minutes in the sun before. So when we decided to go to a beach on Long Island last Saturday, I brought both spray sunscreen and cream. Just to be safe.
It was overcast most of the day (Warning: don’t let that fool you! You can still get burned!), so I will admit to letting my diligence slip. I only re-applied two or three times. Apparently over six hours, that was not enough.
I was fine for the first hour after we left the beach, but as we sat on the Long Island Railroad train, I noticed the fronts of my legs turning blotchy red. By the end of the night, I was wearing a flesh-colored bikini, even though I was in my birthday suit.
When I say a flesh bikini, I mean it. Everywhere but my bikini area was/is burned. My stomach. The back of my knees. Everywhere.
I spent Sunday in bed avoiding any form of movement, except leaving to take apple cider vinegar baths and slathering myself in aloe vera.
I had never tried an apple cider bath when sunburned, but I will say that it was one of the few things that took the pain away, even if it was temporary. I used 1 cup in a lukewarm bath and soaked for about 15 minutes and then used lotion. I also used raw yogurt today on my poor skin and left it on as a body mask of sorts for about 10 minutes before showering. It was very soothing.
Here are some other natural home remedies in case youf ind yourself in the same boat.
Needless to say, I won’t be going to the beach for a little while. And I won’t be going without a good coverup or umbrella and much stronger sunscreen. Also, I’m done with spray sunscreen–I had the funniest spray marks in my sunburn.
So, my fair friends…have you had your first sunburn of the year? How do you cope with the aftermath? And how do you prevent it from happening? My god…nothing seems to be enough to protect my poor skin…