Sunburn Peeling & Relief: DIY Aloe Vera Gel Cubes

I know many of my friends and family love to be in the sun as much as I do; some think putting on sunscreen isn’t necessary.  Some days sunscreen just doesn’t seem to do the trick either, you forget to bring the bottle with you on a trip, and/or forget to reapply after swimming or long hours in the sun. Waking up the next day sunburned, in pain, and red as a lobster is not fun and can ruin your outdoor plans.  Always apply sunscreen before you head outdoors. Make a mental reminder that you need to reapply sunscreen after so many hours. Each sunscreen brand has their own recommended times to follow. Doing so will help prevent your skin from serious sunburns. Most sunburns cause your skin to peel; here is some info on why your skin peels and how to take care of it properly.

Why does my skin peel after getting sunburn? When your skin is exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time, ultraviolet rays emitted from the sum have a damaging effect to the top layer of the skin- actually killing the skin cells residing on the upper most layer of the skin while also drying your skin (in some cases even causing blistering of the skin). This is why when selecting a sunscreen for your skin you want to ensure you are purchasing something that uses the best sunscreen ingredients to protect every inch of your skin.

As a natural reaction, your skin starts to quickly repair itself and build new cells to replace the ones killed off by harmful ultraviolet rays. During the rebuilding process, the dead skin sitting on top of your skin act as a guard in that it protects the deeper layers of your skin while the new top layers are being rebuilt. Once the rebuilding process has finished and the new layer of skin is ready to be exposed, the dead skin begins to peel off of your body. The skin peeling is an important and natural part of the healing process.

Peeling skin: Best remedy? Unfortunately, there is no quick remedy or cure for sunburn. Your skin needs time to naturally heal, repair, and rejuvenate itself. In fact, it may take several days to actually see the severity of damage from the sun. While it may be an unpleasant and even painful process, there are some things you can do to treat the sunburn to provide relief to your skin.

Cool down: We all know how discomforting and irritating sunburn can be. For temporary relief, keep your skin cool by applying cool, damp cloths to regions giving you the most discomfort. Some prefer to take a cool baths to soothe the skin. While it is a great way to provide instant relief to the skin, remember that your skin is in a sensitive state and make a conscious effort to avoid any irritants like bath salts or solutions that may augment discomfort.

Moisturize: There is nothing worse than the severely dry, itchy, tender state your skin is left in after being sunburn. Be thoughtful of your skin and give it the proper nourishment and hydration it needs by using an after sun moisturizer that not only brings your skin relief, but assists in the healing process. Even after the skin peels, the skin is still somewhat sensitive as it is having exposure to the sun and environment for the first time. Pure Aloe Vera is the best solution for to relief and healing sunburn. It can be applied as a lotion or as a gel. A wonderful herbal remedy used to soothe sunburn and naturally bring the plants moisturizing properties out to soften the skin. Always remember to carry a bottle of sunscreen and aloe vera gel with you when you travel to the beach, pool side, on hiking trips or picnics.

Home Remedy: Just in case you do forget to apply sunscreen or the sun was just too strong that day and you are in dire need of some instant relief, try this awesome home remedy I came across.

aloe vera gel reliefAloe Vera Gel Ice Cubes: (Best Sunburn Relief Remedy)

What you need:

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera gel is recommended for it contains some water which makes it much easier to freeze. The gel has a greenish coloring to it but when applied to the skin you would think it frozen aloe vera gelwas clear. Since it doesn’t contain moisturizers it will freeze quicker and won’t leave a greasy film on the skin once applied.

Ice Cube Tray (Makes 12 cubes)

Instructions:

Fill ice cube tray with aloe gel (takes about a minute) and freeze (takes about 3 hours). If you plan on being out in the sun all day, its best to make a few batches. You can leave the cubes in the tray till ready to use or remove cubes and store in a plastic bag in the freezer or put them in your ice chest.   *Aloe Vera gel by itself is soothing to sunburns. Having some frozen on hand will just aid in making that burn feel much better faster. The icy coolness will pull more of the heat from the damaged, overheated, and reddened skin to bring relief sooner. Rub on sunburn as needed.

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Sun Safety for Children & Babies

suncare for babiesBabies have sensitive skin that is much thinner than adults. If your baby is under six months of age they should be kept out of direct sunlight. Find a shaded area to keep your baby while you are out in the sun. Keep your babies covered with tightly knit clothes and make sure they have a hat on. When you do go outdoors, be particularly careful in the early months about taking all the following precautions. If your child gets sunburned and has blisters, severe pains, or fever, call your pediatrician right away. Sunburn can cause dehydration as well. Sunburn during childhood raises the risk of melanoma (the most deadly type of skin cancer) as well as wrinkles later in life. sunburn child

Avoid being in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. This is when UV rays are the strongest. Even on overcast or cloudy dayssun care sunburn can result. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen on your children with an SPF of at least 15. Sunscreen is only that, a screen. Higher SPFs can block the vast majority of the sun’s rays, but no sunscreen blocks 100%. Sunscreen should be a part of a total sun protection program, including hats, protective clothing and avoidance of the mid-day sun when the UV rays are the strongest (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

SunscreenUse a waterproof sunscreen if your child will be in the water or sweating a lot. Waterproof sunscreens stay on longer when you sweat or get wet. Apply sunscreen thirty minutes before you go out in the sun. Don’t wait till you are already in the sun to apply sunscreen. Even fifteen minutes in the sun can result in sunburn. You will not always see the sunburn until hours after the damage occurs. Reapply sunscreen at least every hour and a half. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply frequently. If your child is in the water, you may need to reapply more often. Don’t forget about your child’s nose, ears, and tops of their feet. The skin in these areas is thin and is often forgotten when applying sunscreen. Also, keep in mind that lips can burn, too. To protect the lips, coat them with lip balm that has SPF 15. *If your child goes into the water, reapply sunscreen as soon as you towel them off – even if it’s been less than two hours since you applied it.

sun safety for infantsHow and when sunburns happen

The sun is strongest between 10 and 4 o’clock, so when you can, time your stroll or outside play with your baby earlier than 10 or later than 4. heat rash on childWhen you do venture out, keep in mind that the sun’s rays bounce off surfaces like water, snow, cement, and sand. Your baby (keep in mind a baby’s thinner, more delicate skin is especially vulnerable) can also get burned at other times of day and on cloudy or cool days because it’s not the heat of the sun that burns the skin but the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays can damage the skin at all times of day, all year round, even in the middle of winter. You can’t feel these when they hit your skin, but you’ll see the effects later. (It can take several hours for the redness and pain of a mild first-degree burn to appear.) . Even if your child is dark skinned they still need sunscreen; some parents make the mistake of thinking that only fair skinned children need sunscreen. All children should wear sunscreen if they are going to be out in the sun. home remedies for sunburnProtecting your little one

Keep your baby in protected spots; try to keep your baby in the shade – under a tree or umbrella, and/or the sunshade on your baby’s stroller. You may be surprised to learn that shade provides only partial protection against UV rays. Without sunscreen or other protection, even a baby in the shade can get sunburned. If you’re longing to spend your day at a beach or park, an outdoor sun tent with built-in UV protection can keep your baby cool and protected. Cover your baby’s arms and legs in lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect the heat and keep skin cooler than dark colors, which absorb heat. Fabrics with a tight weave protect skin better than loosely woven fabrics. (Hold the fabric up to the light. The less light you see shining through, the tighter the weave.)You can find clothing such as swimsuits and T-shirts made from fabric with sun protection built into it. These products can be a little pricey, but they might be a good investment if you often find yourself outdoors with your baby. Whether your baby is bald or has a full head of hair, a hat is a must. Choose a hat with flaps in the back for neck protection and a brim that’s wide enough to shade the face. A brim that protects the ears is better than one that protects only in front. If your baby will wear them, try a pair of UV-protective sunglasses. suncare for kids

Common Questions:

Sunscreen safetyCan I use the leftover sunscreen from last year or do I need to buy a new bottle every summer?

Both chemical and physical sunscreens (those containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) can deteriorate over time, so check the bottle or tube for the expiration date. If you can’t find a date, or if the product seems to have dried up or changed color or consistency, it’s better to be safe and buy some new sunscreen. When you consider the pain and skin damage your child will suffer from getting sunburn, it’s not worth using last year’s bottle just to save a few dollars.

What do I do if my baby puts their hands in their mouth or eyes while wearing sunscreen?

Babies put their hands in their mouth about 64 times an hour. Toddlers put their hands in their mouth about 32 times an hour. That’s a good sun safety for childrenreason to use a “physical” sunscreen instead of a regular chemical sunscreen. Physical sunscreens contain only zinc oxide or titanium oxide rather than the assorted chemicals you’ll find in regular chemical sunscreens. Instead of being absorbed by the skin, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sit on the skin and physically block the sun. Look for one or the other on the sunscreen’s label. Zinc oxide and titanium oxide are not toxic and do not burn the eyes. The ingredients are “inert,” meaning they won’t react with any chemicals in the body to cause illness or an allergic reaction. So you don’t have to worry about your child ingesting small amounts. Getting sunburn is a lot more hazardous for your child than swallowing a little zinc oxide.

What should I look for when buying a sunscreen for my child?

Look for sunscreens that are greater than or equal to SPF (sun protection factor) 30 and products that are broad spectrum, which means they protect against both UVA and UVB rays. It’s better to use thick, greasy sunscreens that are water-resistant or very water-resistant (formerly waterproof) for outings to the park, pool, or beach because these products provide better and longer-lasting coverage. Look at the list of active ingredients on the label; products that have zinc oxide or titanium dioxide in the list are broad spectrum sun blocks that do not sting the eyes.

child sun tipsWhat is in infant/kid sunscreen that is not in adult sunscreen?

Baby and kid sunscreens often have the same active ingredients as the adult versions, but with cuter labeling and marketing. Check your active ingredients. If they are the same, the sunscreen is the same. Your baby is not more protected with a “baby” SPF 30 sunscreen, than with a “regular” SPF 30 sunscreen if they are both water-resistant and have the same active ingredients. Always apply a small patch test on your child’s skin to see if any redness or irritation occurs before slathering their little bodies with the sunscreen, especially if your child has very sensitive skin.)

Is sun block better than sunscreen?

Sun blocks are products that have titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. They physically block the sun’s rays and scatter the ultraviolet radiation  (UV) upon contact. Sunscreens are chemicals that absorb the UV radiation. Sun blocks tend to block a wider range of the sun’s rays (UVA and UVB) so are better as solo ingredients. Products often combine good UVB chemical sunscreens with a physical blocker like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to provide higher SPF and broad spectrum coverage.

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What does the “PA” ranking on a sunscreen label mean?

The traditional SPF ranking on most sunscreens only applies to the UVB, or the sun’s burning rays. The vast majority of the sun’s rays that make it to the Earth’s surface are longer wavelength UVA rays. UVA rays cause immune suppression in the skin, leathering, wrinkling and long-term photo damage of the skin. These wavelengths have also been shown to increase the risk of some skin cancers. Products containing active ingredients that protect against these UVA rays may have a PA (Protection against UVA) rating of PA+, PA++, or PA +++, and the more plus signs, the higher the protection.

uv raysWhy are both UVA and UVB protection important?

UVB protection prevents sunburn. The UVA rays do not burn the skin easily (these are the rays used for tanning beds), but penetrate more deeply into the skin to cause immune suppression in the skin, leathering, wrinkling, photo damage and can cause skin cancer. Not all sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB. Check for the PA rating or the active ingredient list. For the most effective protection, both UVB and UVA should be blocked to prevent short-term and long-term damage to the skin.

How long does it take for sunscreen to wear off?

Water-resistant sunscreens last 40 minutes and very water-resistant or waterproof sunscreens last 80 minutes. Most people apply only half the amount that they are supposed to and not evenly over the skin. This decreases the SPF and allows uncovered areas to burn.

 

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Pre & Post Brazilian Waxing

These Brazilian waxing tips will help you prepare your skin, take the pain factor down and minimize possible bumps and irritation afterwards. A lot of women opt for this service because they like the feeling of the entire Brazilian area being totally, or almost hair-free. While you need to be cautious any time you remove hair, because of its specialty nature, it should be treated with extra care.

Pre Brazilian Waxing Prep:

  • Particularly for women. Your skin is often more sensitive the time near your period and waxing can be more painful than normal. So your appointment shouldn’t be any closer than a couple of days before or after your period. It is not a good idea to get a Brazilian wax while you’re on your period.
  • Cleanliness. Shower and lightly exfoliate your entire bikini area right before your appointment using warm, not hot water. Make sure you’re extra clean.
  • Skip this step. Don’t use any lotions in Brazilian area.
  • Hair for now. You need some hair growth for the wax to hold onto. If it’s too long, you may want to trim a little.
  • Pain preventers. Take an aspirin or Tylenol 30- 45 minutes before your appointment if you’re worried about pain. The type of wax I use is especially for that area so all you will feels is a quick sting.

Post Brazilian Waxing Care:

  • Watch your fashion choices. Don’t wear tight panties for the next few days.
  • Hands off. Keep hands away from touching freshly waxed skin, as this can encourage irritation or small pimples.
  • Opt for a shower. Don’t take a hot bath for the rest of the day.
  • Too hot. No tanning beds, saunas or steam rooms for the next two days.
  • Sexual Activity. Sexual activity should be avoided for at least 24 hours ONLY if your skin feels extremely sensitive. Aloe Vera helps soothe and calm the area if this happens (which is very rare). This is great to help prevent ingrown hair.

     

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WOW, I’m in a Magazine!

So I’m starting my Friday out with a bang! Waking up to an email from writer Esther Chapman that I’m mentioned in Good Housekeeping magazine is a way to start my weekend off that’s for sure.  To my fellow bloggers: keep typing up what you’re passionate about…you never know who will come across your blogs. I was found by doing a simple internet search and got a chance to give my beauty tips to a professional writer.  Just when you think no one really reads your stuff…the right people find it, read it, & can help get your name out there! My blogging was first discovered by social media rock star & author Lisa Pietsch; when I first started blogging it was just for fun, to give my clients beauty tips, and because I enjoy it. Lisa has generously given me writing, social media tips, and has also become a great friend. Since then I have gone from just writing about beauty, to writing about lifestyle adventures, home remedies, and fun recipes. I would have never thought I’d be seeing my name in a very well known magazine…so you can only imagine how totally stoked I am! So thank you guardian angels of the social media world…you made this simple girl from Texas smile from ear to ear. Enjoy the weekend and check out the article!

Article link: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/family/appointment-etiquette-nail-salon

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April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a beauty writer, lifestyle blogger, a licensed Cosmetologist of 18 years, Owner of The Lil Spa Room, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. With beauty & blogging being such passions, Shine Beautifully was born. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, & travel adventures. Don’t forget to subscribe!

It’s JUST Facebook…Don’t Take it so Seriously!

How many times have you heard or said that to yourself? There are many of us out there that are hooked on social media because it entertains us during the day. You read someone’s status, posts, or comments and just as you are about to be bothered, you tell yourself “it’s JUST Facebook!” Well before you think Facebook is a waste of time, dumb, and you shouldn’t take anything seriously, let me tell you what Facebook has done for me personally and for my business.

WorldWhen I was single and ready to mingle, I had all the time in the world to attend just about every gathering, party, lunch, and event that I was invited to. I am not single anymore, my priorities have changed drastically, therefore I simply do not have the time to be out and about like I use to. With Facebook, I get to see pictures and read about what I’m missing out on by not being there.  Birthday parties, classmate reunions, family gatherings, weddings, client events, etc. Whatever the occasion is that I was not able to attend, I get to see how happy everyone is and the good time they are having. As we all grow older, move to different parts of the world, change our look, start new careers or families, it’s impossible to travel everywhere to keep in touch with everyone.  Facebook keeps me up to date on how great the new job is going, how being a newlywed is pure bliss, how being a new parent is the best blessing ever, and I get to see children blossom as well. I love laughing and being silly so sharing corny jokes and crazy shit to make people laugh makes my day too.

I have always hustled on having my own side income coming in.  As much as I love the spa industry, it’s VERY unstable. Because of Facebook, I have met so many new people who have opened many BIG doors for me and my business. For starters, I started blogging on my own to share my beauty tips with everyone. With the spa-zillion beauty blogs out there, I was wondering why I didn’t have many readers checking out my blogs. It was clearly by fate that I met my editor and now close friend and business partner Lisa Pietsch. She happened to stumble upon a blog of mine in a Facebook group. She contacted me, said she enjoyed reading my blogs, and then asked if I wanted to be a beauty writer for her online magazine. Talk about excited! My husband and I googled the magazine just to make sure it wasn’t some spam message…sure enough, it was not! Lisa showed me the ropes of what blogging with a collaborative blog can really do if done with the right people….I was amongst a real pro. My business has increased drastically and I was able to leave the corporate world to do what I love without the life being sucked out of it because of all the new clients I was able to reach.card

Through my beauty and blogazine posts I reach out to women (and men) internationally on a daily basis. Both sites get read 200-700 times a day. I get to share my beauty, spa, and home remedy tips; I get inboxed skin care questions daily, and develop future client relationships. I share personal stories, poetry I write when I’m deep in thought, positive, motivating sayings, and sometimes vent about things that bother me. I post pictures to share with all of you the family I am so proud of and my bratty dog that warms my heart.  I let you get to know me so when you become a client you feel right at home and comfortable. I am able to do this from wherever I am at because of technology and bring you along with me on my adventures, whether it’s out having fun drinking margaritas or business related. Me

So do you still think Facebook is waste of time? If you do, then start taking advantage of what it can do for you in a positive way instead of getting wrapped up with arguments or drama people create on there. The delete and block feature that’s available is there for a reason. So with all that said…thank you Facebook universe for allowing me to read, see, share, gain, love, suggest, and be able to be a part of everyone’s life and whereabouts wherever I may be. Never underestimate the power of social media, it’s bigger than you may think and you  never know who you’re gonna meet. Gotta update my Facebook status…Till my next blog!

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April Monterrosa April M. Monterrosa is Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, licensed Cosmetologist of 17 years,  The Lil Spa Room Owner Founder of the Wonderfully Wise Women Group, Blog, & Online Magazine, a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine, PCA Skin Chemical Peel certified, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor.