During our Tasmania trip (you can watch Day 1 from this vlog series here), I accidentally went out hiking without wearing sunscreen. Well, I say accidentally but really it was the fact that I was silly enough to think that the UV rays wouldn’t pierce through the clouds (Mistake 1) and turns out where we were hiking was hot and sunny (Mistake 2). We also didn’t pack sunscreen (Mistake 3) and while I applied my face sunscreen in the morning I didn’t reapply it (Mistake 4). This resulted in some relatively bad sunburn on my face, arms and legs. that I hadn’t experienced in a long time. It was a good reminder to remember to wear sunscreen! Anyway, after we returned home I had the wonderful task of trying to combat my crocodile skin. The 5 products that I’m going to talk about today helped me nurse my dry cracked skin back to health so I’m going to dub them my sunburn skincare saviours.
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate Moisturiser – My lovely friend brought this back for me when she went to Europe last year. It is supposed to protect, nourish and soften the skin. It is also supposed to help with the hydrolipidic film which accelerates cell renewal. I don’t know how it does this but that sounds amazing if you’re suffering from sunburn! I found that it wasn’t too heavy on the skin yet it left it feeling hydrated. It was perfect for my sensitive skin at the time.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – I finally opened this product because the rest of my moisturisers were scented and I didn’t want anything irritating my skin. I used this for my body and while it isn’t the thickest moisturiser out there, it did the job without any harsh fragrances. It’s fragrance free making it perfect for sensitive skin and it didn’t irritate my skin at all.
La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP+ – This product is supposed to be an anti-scratching and anti-irritation replenishing balm for very dry skin. I’m not sure if it’s a placebo effect or not, but everytime I used this on the extremely irritated parts of my body, the itching would subside.
Hada Labo Gokujyun Hydrating Lotion – This is a Japanese brand that is fairly accessible in Asian countries. I purchased this in Malaysia and is similar to something like Indeed Labs’ Hydraluron since it contains hyaluronic acid. It is a clear runny liquid that you can use as a moisturiser by itself or layered with another moisturiser. It doesn’t absorb into the skin straight away but does a great job at amping up the hydration of your skin. Like so many of these other products that I’m talking about today, it is fragrance free.
L’Occitane Immortelle Cream Mask – The only fragranced product that I used was this hydrating cream mask from L’Occitane. It is extremely thick, akin to a body butter. I would apply this after cleansing and leave it on for 10 minutes. You could sleep with it on but I feel like it’s too heavy for me to do that. I would prefer something lighter like the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. After it was washed off, my skin felt softer and more hydrated which is exactly what I wanted.
I will add that I did exfoliate after my skin stopped hurting. My skin would not have been able to deal with any exfoliation if I did it on fresh sunburn. Even the thought of it makes me cringe and shudder right now!
What do you do when your skin is sunburnt?
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