After four months of backpacking and travelling around to do all the fun and active sports we can find from places to places, there is no doubt that sunburn will be the common problem.  Specially in my case that the trip was not planned, so I was not ready for all the action we did.

I have no sunblock, cap, wet suit, or anything whatsoever that will protect myself against the sun.  I didn’t care because I was enjoying the moment, but then after all the fun and excitement, I am faced with the reality that I got myself badly burnt out from the trip!  How did I notice?  Well, everyone started noticing it and pointing out how dark I have become.  Coming from a country with complexion conscious society, it’s totally a big deal!

5 Tips to Recover from Sunburn

Alright, I am not as conscious as I was but then again I would love to see my natural color back.  Different whitening products became appealing to me for some reason and being such a budget freak person I always get the cheapest one, but be smart buying cheap products.  Take note that some cheap products might be harmful to your skin because they contain high levels of whitening chemicals that might ruin the results you’re up to.  Here’s some of my tips I practice lately…

Whitening Soap. I am currently using a whitening soap, it is the most common and easier part of the ritual to make your skin lighter.

Exfoliate.  I know that after a sunburn it is a bit of painful to exfoliate, but there are ways to do it gently and un-painful.  I use a natural scrub Loofah to gently exfoliate my skin.  That way I get rid of the burned and dead skin cells.

Avoid too much sun.  Having too much sun lately got me into this sunburn situation, and what’s your common sense telling you to do is do the opposite, avoid the sun.  More exposure would get you more sunburned.

Whitening Lotion with SPF.  Since I am darker than I used to be, I want to use a whitening lotion to lighten up my skin again.  Doing that means, I don’t want to harbor more factors that would add more to my problem(?).  Lotion with sun protection would be a double action procedure.

Facial Sunscreen.  Our face is always the most exposed to the sun, so using a facial sunscreen would help (I’m using a powder cream sunscreen that leaves a talc finish oil free face).

These are the rituals I started using, although I don’t use them everyday (better results if you do everyday).  Also, there are other homemade rituals I learned from friends that is effective but time consuming, I call it home made skin whitener.  I learned it from my friend and previous co-worker, Bernadette and taught it to my sister.  I saw how my sister’s complexion changed, but I am not as patient as they are to try it.  I may not be patient enough to try this but I know I will do my best to keep my skin clear and healthy.


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5 thoughts on “5 Tips to Recover from Sunburn

  1. Aloe Vera is commonly used to treat sunburn. As well as providing soothing relief, it may also assist in the healing process. Apply to the affected areas as needed. Although the gel extracted directly from an aloe Vera plant works best, if you don’t have ready access to one, you may use an ‘over the counter’ Aloe Vera Cream that contains the gel. For this to be effective, just ensure that the cream contains a high concentration of Aloe Vera than it does water or other solutions.^

    1. They do, funny they said anything more than SPF30 doesn’t work but it does though, Philippines have SPF100 now which is basically zinc sunscreen which most surfers use.

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