L.A. Spa Owner Marion Simms’ Après-Quarantine Sunburn Solutions
Day spa owner Marion Simms of SkinSense Wellness in Los Angeles, offers up some excellent advice for nurturing your skin through sunburn recovery. Illustration for Mineral Air by @GREENK_JPN.
Now that the lockdown is thawing (though the pandemic itself rages on in full force) and with summer on the way, we’re all flocking outside . . . to the park, to the beach and to the lakeside. While it feels so good to be outdoors in the sun after being shut up inside for so long, sunburn is proof positive that too many of us are getting too much of a good thing.
“I do believe,” says British born aesthetician Marion Simms, owner of SkinSense Wellness Day Spa in Los Angeles, “that because we’ve had to be so watchful with COVID-19 precautions, we’re now suffering from vigilance-fatigue. As things open up, I’ve noticed that a lot more people are neglecting conscientious sunscreen application than before. And the results are a raft of nasty sunburns. I can talk about the importance of sun protection until I’m blue in the face but at this point, it’s a little late. So once you’ve got the sunburn–and this holds for wherever you’ve got the sunburn–here’s what you need to do.”
Be aware of timing
It takes at least three days for the full severity of the burn to manifest. That means you’ll want to keep up this healing routine at least 10 days after exposure or after the pain is gone or the peeling has finished. If you don’t peel, consider yourself lucky.
Hydrate from the inside
Drink lots and lots of water.
Hydrate from the outside, Part I
The Renewal Serum System by Mineral Air Skin really comes into its own when it comes to sunburn recovery. All the ingredients are beneficial, but the hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C are the stars here. Burnt skin is severely dehydrated skin that is no longer able to nourish or hydrate itself but MAS Renewal can do some of that for you. Furthermore, since hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our own bodies, the skin is receptive to it. Feel free to mist as often as every two to three hours.
Hydrate from the outside, Part II
Put a humidifier next to your bed. If you find it too noisy, run it for a couple of hours before you bedtime and turn it off just before you tuck in.
Keep it clean
Morning and night use a gentle (that means no fragrance and absolutely NO exfoliating properties) cleanser and pat dry. Follow that with a mist from MAS Renewal. Also, change your pillow case every day for the duration.
Use the right products
Morning and evening, you’ll want to use an unscented barrier cream and sheet masks containing niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to reduce inflammation, smooth texture and help rebuild the skin’s barrier function. Peptides are beneficial too because they help rebuild elastin and collagen that are responsible for skin’s elasticity and smooth surface.
Do NOT touch or pick your skin
NO MATTER WHAT!!! If your skin starts to itch, hit it with a cooling blast of the MAS Renewal Serum.
Apply a physical sunscreen now and forever
New, exposed post-sunburn skin is more photosensitive which essentially means that unprotected UV exposure is more likely accelerate signs of aging and even possibly skin cancer. By day, even if it’s overcast, you’ll want something with a mineral formula (zinc oxide is the best) and apply it to (repeat after us) every single area that sees the light including your face, tops of your ears, back of your neck, hands, chest and tops of the feet. And reapply at lunch time if you can.
“Because we’ve had to be so watchful with COVID-19 precautions, we’re now suffering from vigilance-fatigue. As things open up, I’ve noticed that a lot more people are neglecting conscientious sunscreen application than they did before.”
Aesthetician and Founder
SkinSense Wellness Spa