Well, it was beautifully sunny yesterday, I was out in the sun for two hours, oh it was so lovely! :-) Yeah, and when I got inside I saw I got a sunburn! *ouch*
I guess I'm still getting used to the sun here in the USA being so much stronger than the sun in Germany where I grew up - because the USA is closer to the equator! And I just never really got a sunburn, even when I was out all day! Surely is different now that I'm enjoying the sun in the USA. lol
Therefore my post!
As now I'm doing what I've learned from my mom, I'm putting on shea butter for moisturizing the skin that got burned, helping it repair itself so it'll go brown instead of peel. Also, I'm using aloe vera.
But I was curious what you do when you get a sunburn?
Looking forward to hearing about what you're saying. :-)
I always use aloe vera. It usually soothes my skin, but this year I'm not going to sunbathe on purpose (like laying out on the deck). I figure being outside in the sun doing my regular running and bikeriding will give me enough of the sun's nutrients.
Shea butter and aloe are great for sunburns. I also dry skin brush after my burn has started to heal and is no longer sensitive. That gets all the burned dead skin off and therefore helps with healing and decreases the peeling process.
This is the brush I recommend. It is not only great for sunburns, but for a ton of other things.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Thank you for your advice, erin and joannabanana! :-)
The area of redness is getting smaller, but wow, now it hurts with just the simplest touch! I keep putting on shea butter and aloe vera and hope it won't peel but turn tan.
Irish Moss might be an alternative to consider....
The following quote is from purejoyplant...
"Used topically, Irish Moss helps to soothe skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis,
dermatitis, sunburn, and chapped skin."
Here is a copy of some information I shared on the Dry Skin thread...
Topical applications of Irish Moss are great for the skin.
You can go here to read some of the benefits of Irish Moss..
Here are some recipes I have collected from different sites...
First recipe from
IRISH MOSS LOTION:
1 tablespoon powdered Irish Moss
1 cup water (distilled)
1/4 cup aloe vera gel (100% natural)
2 tablespoon almond essential oil
Soak the Irish moss in the distilled water for about 20 minutes to soften it. Pour this mixture into a small saucepan and boil for another 20 additional minutes. Strain off solids and what is left is a clear jelly. This is called seaweed jelly. Measure 1/4 cup of the seaweed jelly, then mix it with the aloe vera gel. Let the mixture cool to room temperature completely before continuing.
Pour the seaweed mixture into a blender or food processor and blend on low speed; slowly add the almond essential oil into a very thin stream until it is well blended with the aloe vera gel mixture. The product should turn white while this process is continued. Store your finished product in a clean container with a tight fitting lid. Use it the same as you would any other lotion. Only this product has added benefits and will soften your skin better than any over-the-counter lotion.
Second recipe from
Make your own inexpensive anti-wrinkle gel to tighten pores,
reduce inflammation & help skin appear smoother.
Hand & Face Gel:
3 grams of dried Irish Moss
30 grams of water (add more water if you wish)
2 gram of Organic dried Lavender herb
1 gram of Organic dried Chamomile
0.5 grams of Organic Papaya Oil
0.5 grams of Vegetable Glycerin (optional)
Prep time: 10 mins
Soak the Irish moss, Organic dried Rose petals & buds & Organic dried Lavender herb in water for 10 minutes.
Bring water to a simmer then turn off the heat
Remove from the heat and let it cool.
Strain the herbs from the water into a bowl, pressing the gel through the strainer with a spoon
Stir in the Organic Papaya Oil & Vegetable Glycerin until it has emulsified
Pour the gel into a screw-top jar.
Store unused portion in the refrigerator for 3 days.
coconut oil is also very healing for burned skin.
Thanks for Irish Moss tip. I only know it as a thickener for dessert recipes. I may have to try it on my skin.
Thank you SimplyRaw and Pirawna! :-)
My skin has been healing very very well and in a few days I can post whether it peeled, but for now *keeping my fingers crossed* I think it will heal completely!
Yay for shea butter!! :-D
thank you for info. This information helped me a lot
Is sea moss good to take everyday?