Dear Susan, 

How do I treat a sunburn and rehydrate my skin after being out in the sun? Will being in the sun make me look older?  

Now that fall is approaching—and much needed after this hot, hot New Jersey summer—it’s time to learn how to repair, rehydrate, and replenish our skin from all of the sun exposure we faced. Sunburn has been almost inevitable even with excess amounts of SPF, and our skin pays the price for that. That being said, it’s important to know how to properly treat your skin post-sunburn. 

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Stock Up On Ampoules 

Babor’s After Sun ampoules treat sunburn and get your skin back to its glowing state almost instantly. The ampoules are formulated with two powerful complexes that calm and relax the skin. It immediately reduces unpleasant tightness and irritation, strengthens your skin’s defence against free radicals, and promotes skin regeneration. Using these ampoules for seven days and booking an After Sun Facial at Skin Deep is step one in bringing your skin back to life after a sunburn.  

More fluids to use to keep in your collection to maintain your skin’s hydration are Babor’s Hydra Plus and Algae Vitalizer ampoules. Hydra Plus contains Hyaluronic Acid and a plant-based moisturizer help supply skin with intense hydration. Algae Vitalizer deeply hydrates the skin while Plankton-algae extracts detoxify, leaving the skin with a refreshed and vitalized complexion. Either are a wonderful addition to your daily skincare routine, sunburnt or not!  

Break Open That Aloe Vera

Whether it’s gel, lotion, or the actual plant, it’s no secret that aloe vera has always been the answer to sunburn. Aloe speeds wound healing by improving blood circulation through the area and preventing cell death around a wound. This gives your skin the time it needs to heal from the sunburn, and can be applied a few times daily.

Hydrate! 

There are three different causes of wrinkles: dehydration, expression, and aging. The sun will absolutely dehydrate and age your skin, so when your skin is thirsty, give it water! Drinking water helps replenish our skin, especially after sun exposure—but water is not enough! For every fluid applied to the skin topically, your skin receives one glass of water. Fine lines ARE reversible, and these are simple steps in doing so. For some, drinking water can be a difficult task, so a trick to staying hydrated is choosing watermelon as a daily snack. Consume as much water as you can, in any way that you can, and your skin will thank you immensely. 

The Sun & Skin Aging

The UV rays from the sun are the primary cause of wrinkles, pigmentation, sun spots, reduced skin elasticity, the degradation of skin texture, and many other signs of skin aging. Studies have proven that 80-90% of how young or old you look is due to how much sun exposure you’ve sustained. Don’t spend too much time in the sun, and protect your skin when you have to be exposed. The sun affects every layer of the skin, so apply SPF and wear a hat and protective clothing. Pro tip: Don’t forget to put SPF on your lips and eyelids!

Layer After Layer 

I believe proper skincare is layering the following in this order: fluids or serums, anti-aging cream, eye cream, sunscreen, and then makeup foundation. This process takes no longer than two minutes—there is no excuse for avoiding it! If the products are meant for your skin type, this process should not feel heavy. Whether your products contain SPF or not, each layer serving as protection—even a good lipstick adds another layer! This is the best you can do for your skin, and I do it everyday. 

We are exposed to the sun everyday, even on the cloudiest days. When sun exposure and sunburn is beyond our control, knowing these tips and tricks is crucial in keeping your skin fresh and young. What you do, or don’t do, for your skin everyday will greatly affect it. And for those trying times where the sun won the battle, Skin Deep Salon & Spa offers a number of different facials, peels, and body treatments to help combat any skin damage.