As I write this, my skin is a scaly mess because I decided I wanted to get the best tan possible while laying naked on Negril's Seven Mile beach. Mind you, this is weeks later. Now, I know that belief that black women can't get sun cancer is a myth even with our built-in melanin protection. Luckily, I was smart enough to apply Supergoop's Glow Stick Sunscreen to my face. But, I hadn't accounted for the sunburn I got on my boobs or the peeling alligator skin I am now trying to figure out how to manage because I didn't apply any SPF to my body.
Which is what brought me to writing this round-up — ya girl needed soothing, healing options fast, and I figured I am not the lone brown girl out there in need of giving their skin a little TLC from the summer sun. With that, I've rounded up a list of products you can use from head to toe (including your scalp) after a day (or days) of fun in the sun.
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Eau Thermale Avene Soothing Sheet Mask
Eau Thermale Avene
I am a huge fan of Avene. Their products are made with sensitive skin in mind. When I saw their sheet masks, I knew I had to give them a try. They do not only lend themselves to self-care, but their hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free masks soothe red, irritated skin in no time.
Base Butter Radiate Face Jelly
Aloe is always a must-have after you've overdone it in the sunshine, and Base Butter's holy grail moisturizer is made with aloe as a key ingredient along alongside lavender and witch hazel which balance and soothe distressed skin.
Aspen Kay Oatmeal Soap Bar
One of the best ways to cool your body down and ease sunburn is a cold shower. Using a bar of soap or body wash with oatmeal can calm and nourish the skin, think about how oatmeal can soothe the stomach; the same applies to our skin.
FRESH Brown Sugar Body Polish
FRESH is one of my favorite beauty brands because their products are made with good ingredients that warrant an elevated price point. Now, I wouldn't recommend scrubbing blistered, or skin that is broken as that would make things worse. Once the pain subsides, you'll want to get the damaged layer(s) of skin off with a gentle scrub. Made with brown sugar crystals and jojoba oils, this scrub will help revive troubled skin.
SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Skin Renewal Recipe Body Scrub
I would like to personally thank this scrub for soothing and getting my flakey skin together. This scrub feels more like a yogurt and honey creme with a hint of exfoliation, which was just what my skin needed.
Hanahana Beauty Eucalyptus Shea Body Butter
Eucalyptus Shea Body Butter
With shea butter and eucalyptus as ingredients, your skin will thank you. If your scalp got burned, you could use this to oil it as well.
Ceramedx Restoring Body Lotion
Ceramedx comes highly rated by skincare professionals. Thanks to its blend of plant-based ceramides and hyaluronic acid, it helps soothe everything from allergic reactions to eczema.
One word of advice. Don't be like me. Be sure to protect your skin with sunscreen daily.