So you thought you were winning the sunscreen game, applying and reapplying like mad. But somehow, when you got out of the sun you realized that those rays beat you and now you’re suffering from a nasty sunburn. We’ve all been there and it’s no fun. So this is how to treat and cover up the damage so you can get on with your life.
Treat the burn – Dermatologist Francesca Fusco recommends starting by popping an aspirin or Tylenol to reduce inflammation and help ease pain. Then you need a cool shower to get the grime and sunscreen residue off. And then it’s time for a cold compress soaked in a mix of milk and ice cubes to soothe your skin before it really starts to hurt.
Peel prevention – Now your skin needs moisture, so slather on lotions that have ceramides and antioxidants like vitamins C and E. You’ll want to soothe and soften the burn before it has a chance to peel and flake.
Color-correct the redness – Start with a light layer of green-tinted color-correcting primer to neutralize the redness. Just dab it in your most burned spots, and remember, sheer is the way to go so it doesn’t look caked on.
Conceal with care – Next, you’ll want to start applying a light layer of tinted moisturizer where your burn is most noticeable. And stick with cream-based makeup because powders could draw unwanted attention. Use concealer on the reddest parts, but get one with a yellow undertone to help it blend in better.