Feeling the burn (Day 114)…

aloe

So I just bought all that fancy, mineral-based suntan lotion, and what do I do? Promptly go out in the sun, neglect to apply any of it and scald my back. The worst part was, I was just sitting there thinking, “My back is probably burning right now,” and did nothing other than half-heartedly rotate, so I was more asking for skin cancer than begging for it.

The product junkie in me insisted I march straight to Shopper’s Drug Mart and buy some after-sun lotion, plus maybe some of that cooling gel meant for arthritis — that stuff rocks.

But then I stopped and reconsidered. For one thing, those lotions have never really seemed very effective, and for another, if something like aloe vera is supposed to be good for sunburns, it would surely make a lot more sense to get an actual leaf of aloe, which doesn’t come in all that plastic and paper packaging. I also have this homemade beeswax stuff that could be worth a try, although the chances that anything other than time will turn this red blotchiness into an even tan are slim to none.

That’s OK, though. I figure, I’ve contributed to global warming, so if I’m stupid enough not to protect myself from it, I might as well pay the price and feel the burn.

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8 Responses to Feeling the burn (Day 114)…

  1. Mary says:

    Oooohhh…yeah. Been there, done that.

    At this stage -The most important thing you can do is keep your skin from getting dried out – a cool shower followed by a coating of olive oil works well and you probably have some. Rinse off, but be gentle and patient. And maybe an aspirin. And drink lots of water. But honestly, olive oil will hold the moisture in. (Or mix aloe and olive oil too)

    Good luck!

  2. Elizabeth Finley says:

    Vinegar will totally take the sting out – you will probably still peel if it’s a really bad burn, but the discomfort will disapear. Just wet washcloths with white distilled vinegar and lay them on your skin.

  3. activistmommy says:

    Ouch! I hate sun burns. I don’t think I’ve ever tanned, just burnned. I hope the aloe worked for you. I keep a small aloe plant in the kitchen for burn emergencies. Don’t forget to drink lots of water to help your skin renourish.

  4. You might try honey. It works really well on real burns, might help out on a sunburn. You’d want to cover the area with gauze or something as honey is sticky. I get my honey, locally grown in glass containers, and I *think* i can return the containers. Admittedly I’ve never tried, but I can return my glass bottles of milk and the cartons my eggs come in.

  5. Lori V. says:

    I always use kukui nut cream or oil; Hawaiians have used it for many, many years for lots of things, including sunburns. Of course, I bought mine from a local farm while I was visiting Hawaii. They have organic (but obviously not local) at most health food stores, I think.

  6. pat farquharson says:

    sunburn is a burn so use ICE to stop the inflammatory reactions. Oh, right, you dont have a fridge. MMM- could be a reason to have a fridge!

  7. mary aloe says:

    Hey checkout my about mary aloe

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