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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Tips to Keep Cool this Summer

1. Take a Head Bath (Shampoo): Most of us, especially women, do not go for a head bath everyday. It’s summer time and the sun is all ready to destroy your scalp, thus making it itchy and dry. So, it is important that you take a head bath everyday to keep your scalp fresh and clean.

2. Wash Your Feet: You cannot possibly take more than 2 baths in a day. So, what do you do when you feel uncomfortably hot? Wash your feet at every opportunity that you get. It helps release body heat. It is an ancient cultural practice to put water on your feet first. This practice has been seconded by scientific researches.

3. Cooling Spots: The spot behind your neck (joining the head to the shoulder), is the cooling spot of your body. If you drip some cold water on this spot after a hot day’s work, it cools your body immediately. You will feel a hot rush leave your ears releasing the pent up heat in the body.

4. Mud Packs: The three tricks mentioned above are short cuts to get immediate relief from summer heat. Mud packs are a great way to combat the rising mercury levels. The bonus here is that you get long term relief from acne and painful heat boils as well. Fuller’s earth or multani mitti (Fuller’s earth) has the most noticeable cooling effect on the skin. You can go for face packs or whole body mud wraps, depending on your convenience.

5. Sun Protection: Sunscreen lotions have the worst effect on body heat. It is usually oily and clogs your skin pores. As you cannot sweat it out, your body temperature rises. Try using natural sunscreens to avoid this problem.

6. Remove Sun Tan With Chillers: Rose water and sandalwood paste are two natural ingredients that remove sun tan. They also have a chilling effect on your body. Mix sandalwood powder with rose water and apply this summer face pack to get a glowing skin.

7. Eat Cool Stuff: During summers, you must try and keep yourself cool from within. Eat fruits and vegetables that have a cooling effect on your body, like cucumber and yogurt. You can also eat foods that have a very high water content, like watermelon.Do not forget to drink water. Dehydration is a common summer health problem.These beauty tips will help you let out some heat and keep your body cool in the summers.

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DIY Sunburn Relief Banana Mask

Banana Sun Burn Aid
Banana face masks will provide relief and aid for sun burnt skin. The flesh of the banana is full of antioxidants which have soothing properties. Banana face masks are also very hydrating to dry skin and leaves it softer and fresh looking.

banana sunburn recipeHow to make your mask:
Using the back of a fork, simply just mash up a banana and put it on your face–leave it on for 30 minutes & rinse off. Use your moisturizer after you pat dry your skin. If you are extremely sunburned, put on some Aloe Vera gel before your moisturizer.

DIY banana sunburn mask

Another recipe:

DIY Banana Mask

 

Safely Tan with or without Sun

I’ve grown to not be to fond of the sun the older I get, but we all know the “sun-kissed” look has always been a favorite. (Just look at Jersey Shore’s Snooki…Not.)

Tanning Tips
If you are an outdoor person and have leisure time to spare, you could soak in the summer sun to get a perfect tan. Afterall, it is the natural way to achieve that bronze glow, easy to get, economical and fun too. Otherwise you could choose indoor devices to get a ‘sunless’ tan, through a tanning bed, tanning spray or cream to tone down your skin to a beautiful, brownish shade. There are many instant and temporary tan products introduced in the market to cater to customers who prefer a quick and short-term solution.

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Here are some of the ways in which you can get an even:

While tanning outdoors it is important, apply sunscreen twenty minutes before you leave. If you are entering the water, you need to apply another layer even though your lotion maybe waterproof, as water accelerates the tanning process.

Do not excessively tan yourself or use products like baby oil, which in fact burn your skin instead of tanning it. A daily dose of the relevant amount of the sun will help in getting a perfect, even, and healthy sun-kissed look.

Tan Lines

If you are using indoor devices such as horizontal tanning beds, vertical chambers or spray booths, choose ones with lowest ultra-violet (UV) radiation and more number of bulbs. This will help getting a darker tan faster therefore reducing the exposure.

To get an even tan you need to rotate at regular intervals in all angles to get the shade of the tan evenly. You begin with one position (whether it is lying down or standing) and after five minutes turn around either on your stomach or if you are standing to your back. After another five minutes, turn to the left and right in equal intervals. This rotational process is required to avoid getting a ‘zebra’ look.

bronzed tanIt is important to ensure that your skin in sufficiently moisturized with cream rich in Vitamin C or E in order to replenish natural oils in the skin which are lost during exposure to UV rays.

If you are trying to get a tan at home with a professional tanning spray, ensure it is only two or three shades darker that your natural skin tone in order to make it look more natural. Hold the can at least ten inches away from the body and apply in controlled and even strokes on every part of the body, pausing at the end of each stroke. This will ensure a relatively perfect tan.

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It is important to know that over exposure whether naturally in the sun or in ‘sunless’ tanning indoors is harmful to the skin. You will not be able to sport a tan, as you will have to wait until the sunburn heals and your skin is ready for exposure again. Get a bronze look not a burnt look.

If you’re looking for a professional spray tan and you’re  in the Stone Oak, Timberwood Park, Bulverde, Schertz, Selma, Live Oak, and San Antonio, Texas area. Contact my friend Judi Mata: Phone: 210-838-5972 Email: summerglowspraytans@gmail.com. Summer Glow Spray Tans offers the best mobile spray tanning services any season of the year. They cater to the client & their needs by being a mobile business and accommodating busy schedules by providing their services in the location of your choice. Summer Glow Spray Tans provide a flawless full body tan without the harmful UV rays or wasted leisure time required to achieve a tan. Summer Glow Spray Tans delivers a customized solution applied by a trained professional for a seamless tan. You will have a significant color from just one session.

Benefits of Summer Glow Tanning: UV ray free, never orange, no streaks, all natural & long lasting, no harmful chemicals, all organic, paraben free, & professionally trained.

Perfect for: Bridal & Bachelorette Parties, Girls Night Out, Team & Fitness Competitions, Prom & Homecoming Dances, Fashion Shows, Birthday Parties, Year Round Tanning, Busy Professionals, Tanning Parties, & Skin Cancer Patients, & those that have received chemical peels.

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Aloe Vera & Your Skin

After being at the beach all weekend I got a little more sun that I usually do. My shoulders and back went from a nice bronzy tan to a bright lobster red color. The first thing I did after taking a cold shower and rinsing away the sand was lather on aloe vera gel. Immediately, the heat from my shoulders and back were calmed down, soothed, and there was not as much discomfort. So why is aloe vera so good for sunburned skin? And what else is it good for? 

 The reason aloe vera is so healing on sunburn is because it has a cooling effect and provides a protective barrier over the skin to protect the burn.  Aloe is incredibly moisturizing (99% water) and has the ability to penetrate four times quicker than water alone. Aloe Vera is a cactus-like plant growing in the warmer climates of the world and are described as succulents. Aloe vera is a very popular herbal remedy. The Aloe vera plant (also called Aloe barbadensis) is unique among plants for its importance in natural skin care. Aloe vera contains burn healing effects, anti-inflammatory properties, scar reducing properties and wounds.  Aloe vera pulp is the clear, thick substance inside of the Aloe vera leaf. (It is often called Aloe vera gel, but it is usually treated before it is used in cosmetics).  Aloe is used in many skin care products because of its ability to stimulate healthy cell growth and repair damaged tissues.  Listed are some other benefits of Aloe Vera to the Skin:

  • Aloe vera is beneficial for cracked and dry skin.
  • Aloe vera oil can be used on the dry skin to make the skin normal and shiny.
  • Aloe Vera acts as a natural barrier and shields our skin from dangerous toxins.
  • Aloe vera is helpful for frostbite, burns, insect bites, blisters and allergic reactions.
  • All the Aloe vera products are used as a part of skin treatment regimen and keep the skin healthy.
  • Aloe vera products contain the highest concentrations of healing agent which is beneficial for the skin.
  • It makes the skin smooth and glowing.
  • It relieves heat on the skin caused by sunburn.
  • Aloe vera is used for treating various skin conditions such as eczema, burns, psoriasis, inflammations, wounds etc.
  • It destroys bacteria that try to invade cuts or open wounds.
  • It forms a protective barrier around achy and sore joints and muscles. 
  • It is an excellent skin moisturizer that keeps the skin flexible by giving oxygen to the cells which in turn increases the strength and synthesis of skin tissue.
  • The products of Aloe vera are very popular among the customers due to the moisturizing properties which are best for the skin or skin disorders.
  • Aloe vera improves the ability of the skin so that it can hydrate itself.
  • It is helpful in removing dead skin cells and has the ability for effective penetration and transports healthy substances through the skin.
  • It is beneficial for the cosmetic products such as make up, anti-wrinkle creams, facial masks, skin conditioners and lipsticks.
  • Aloe vera is useful for preventing the aging of the skin. It nourishes the skin and tissues with body-loving nutrients such as vitamin E and C. 
  • Aloe vera gel is helpful in improving the lesions.
  • It lightens dark spots on the face and reduces the intensity of pigmentation.
  • Aloe vera plant is a lively ingredient in a number of different skin care products that facilitates to treat a wide variety of different problems of skin.
  • Aloe vera plant has anti-inflammatory properties that assist in treating acne and pimples. Acne is a skin state in which the sebaceous glands and hair follicles become more active and inflamed and hence produce pimples. If you have an aloe vera plant, be sure to take good care of it and advantage of what it can do for your skin!

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Teenager Acne Issues & Skin Care Tips

Are you a parent with an acne prone teenager? If your answer is yes, you may want to show them this blog. Teens usually do not listen to their parents when it comes to their skin. Maybe after reading this, they’ll get a little better about skin care. Teenagers from ages 12 to 17 are affected, at least occasionally, by acne.  It is by far the most common skin complaint in this age group.

Acne at any level should be taken very seriously, especially by teenagers. Moderate to severe scarring can become a problem in teenagers with untreated acne. (Scarring comes from picking and spreading the bacteria of the pimples causing more breakouts and damaging the skin.) In turn, the scars left behind can cause emotional pain and discomfort in social situations. My clients that are parents of acne prone teenagers often tell me how embarrassed their teen is of their skin; most of the time it’s because they didn’t get the acne treated in time.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body.  It protects and covers the body, is waterproof, bacteria proof, and it self-repairs when it is injured. Your skin, hair and nails are a reflection of your state of health.  Skin is repairable, but is not replaceable, so take care of the skin you’re in.teensmiles

Diet also plays a major role in how skin behaves.  You must eat a balanced diet in order for your body to function properly.  The old saying “you are what you eat” is true in my opinion. So avoid fast food, junk food, fried, & fatty foods. You breakout areas will definitely show of you are eating these kinds of foods. (The cheek area is usually where digestive breakouts occur)

Our bodies must process everything we eat.  All waste is not eliminated in the same manner and many things are eliminated through our skin. Take garlic for example.  If you eat a meal that is full of garlic, the next day the scent of garlic can often be smelled on your skin.  Brewers Yeast is another example.  Brewers Yeast is a rich source of the B-complex vitamins, which tend to have a very strong scent. Many doctors and pharmacists recommend taking this product in high quantities during summer to avoid mosquito bites.  B-vitamins are water soluble, so anything your body does not use will be eliminated through your skin or in your urine. Even though you will not be able to detect the scent on your skin, mosquitoes have a keen sense of smell and they will stay off you because it. These two items are perfect examples of our body eliminating through our skin. In the same manner, many other foods can affect our bodies in the same way.

Drinking plenty of fluids is extremely important for healthy skin.  Water is most important because it aids in the digestion and absorption of food.  Water is also responsible for carrying nutrients to the skin and waste away from the cells, as well as regulating body temperature.

Eating a low-fat diet is recommended for healthy skin.  A diet high in fruits and vegetables is best since they are loaded with antioxidants which help to keep the skin supple and nourished. Include regular exercise along with diet to increase blood flow to the skin.  Increased blood flow to the surface of the skin not only gives you the appearance of a healthy glow, it also helps clean and repair the skin tissues.

Another major culprit responsible for acne flare-ups is airborne grease.  Working in a fast food restaurant can be harder on your skin than eating at one.  If you work at a fast food establishment there are steps you can take to help keep your skin clean and clear: If possible, wash your face a couple of times a day with a mild cleanser and warm water (not hot) to remove surface oils and dead skin cells. Never scrub your skin hard, especially with an abrasive cleanser.  One cause of acne is oily buildup, not dirt, so scrubbing hard won’t help and can actually irritate the skin and further inflame your acne. If you do not have access to a sink, but still want to clean the oil from your face, there are several different face-cleansing cloths available on the market that you can use.teenskin

Shampoo your hair regularly. Keep in mind to avoid oily shampoos, hair gels, and conditioners, as these products can transfer from your hair to your face during the day or at night while you sleep and cause problems with your skin.

Stop touching your face!  Many people touch their face continually during the day for many reasons.  If you are studying, do not rest your hands on your face while you look down at your books. Every time you touch your face you transfer all sorts of germs and bacteria from all the doorknobs, money, etc. that you have touched during the day.

Here is something a lot of people do not think of very often.  If you use a phone a lot, keep the receiver off your face. The dirt and germs that build up on the phone, along with the constant friction against your face, can cause breakouts in key areas such as the chin.  If being on the phone all day “is” your job, see if your boss will spring for an inexpensive headset to help the problem.

For the girls:  Never use oil-based makeup or other products.  Check the labels of everything you use and if oil is an ingredient, throw it away!  Look for products with non-comedogenic, water-based, and oil -free on the label. If you have oily skin and you use a pressed powder, be sure to look for one with oil control… and be sure to wash your powder pad often.

teenboyFor the boys:  If you have started to shave your face, always use a sharp razor. Old razors with dull blades will drag across your skin and cause rashes and irritation.

Do not think that just because you have oily skin you do not need to use a moisturizer.  Your skin can be oil rich, but moisture dry, so find a light moisturizer that works for you.  You need to balance out the moisture levels in your skin.  If it has enough moisture, the oil glands will not produce as much.

If you spend a lot of time in the sun, be sure to wear an oil-free sunscreen, such as a gel or light lotion.  Gel and light lotion sunscreens will not aggravate your acne and will help you avoid skin cancer in your adult years.  If you are currently seeing a dermatologist, some skin treatments can increase your skin’s sun sensitivity, so be sure to wear your sunscreen if you are outside.  Talk to your doctor if you have questions about the treatment you are receiving and how it relates to sun exposure.  Something else to keep in mind regarding the sun and how it affects your skin:  sunburn is your skins way of saying it has been injured, but so is a tan.  When your skin browns or reddens, is using its defense mechanism by producing melanin. Melanin acts as a protective biological shield against ultraviolet radiation.  By doing this, your skin is trying to prevent sunburn damage that could lead to melanoma later in life.  So be careful if you are a sun worshiper, you will regret it later in life when the wrinkles caused by sun damage start to appear.

And most importantly: If you do have a pimple, do not squeeze it or pick at it.  Picking or squeezing pimples only irritates the tissue more and increases your chance of getting scars.  Only qualified skin professionals (dermatologists or estheticians) can safely remove pimples without causing more harm.

If you would like to help you teen’s acne issue, feel free to contact me for more information, or better yet schedule a facial for them.

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Sun Protection

The skin has a defense mechanism against sun-damage, in the form of melanin. The production of melanin is accelerated on sun-exposure. However, we have seen that this defence is not enough. That is why protection of the skin, with ingredients that block the sun’s radiation damage, is so essential. These sun-block agents are incorporated into sunscreen.

Avoidance of the sun, specially at midday and in the afternoon, when ultraviolet radiation is at its height, can help to reduce the harmful effects. It is also essential to know that ultraviolet radiation is greater near water bodies, like the seaside and where there is snow. Snow, water and even sand reflect the ultraviolet reays and thus increase their rffect.

Exposure to the sun also causes moisture depletion and dries out the skin. Therefore, it is essential to step-up moisturisation, when you have been out of doors for a long time. The use of rehydrant cleansers, which contains aloe vera, can also help to control moisture loss. Aloe vera, like sandalwood, also helps to soothe and heal the skin.

When you are swimming in the sea, or in an open-air pool, remember to apply sunscreen before and after your swim.

Protect yourself with a parasol whenever you are out in the sun.

Remember, you are exposed to ultraviolet radiation even on a cloudy day.

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