Too Much Sun? Heal Sunburned Skin with After-Sun Mist
In my last post, I looked at how products with topical antioxidants can help protect the skin from sun damage. While most of us do the best we can to prevent sunburns, it is not unusual to get burned at least once or twice each summer, especially at the beginning of the season. Fortunately, Verefina has the perfect solution for these occasions: the After-Sun Mist.
After-Sun Mist contains several natural ingredients that are especially effective in treating sunburned skin: aloe leaf juice, hyaluronic acid, peppermint and lavender essential oils, and lavender flower water.
With its high water content and store of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, aloe leaf juice cools and nourishes, providing immediate relief for sunburned skin. Aloe vera gel, available in grocery stores and pharmacies, is a popular treatment for sunburns. However, many of these products contain unnecessary or even harmful additives in addition to the aloe. Such additives include parabens, dyes, and artificial fragrances. In contrast, Verefina After-Sun Mist contains pure aloe leaf juice and no dangerous fillers.
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body and contributes to the soft, smooth skin that babies have. It draws moisture into the skin and holds it there. Hyaluronic acid can also help neutralize damaging unstable molecules known as free radicals. Since overexposure to the sun creates free radicals in the skin, hyaluronic acid can help repair the damage caused by UV rays.
Peppermint oil cools, soothes, and hydrates sunburned skin. It can help relieve pain caused by sunburn as well. Lavender oil helps to heal skin and prevent peeling. It also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that aid in reducing redness.
Lavender flower water (also known as lavender hydrosol or distillate) is created during the steam distillation of lavender flowers. Lavender water contains residual essential oil that is not captured during the distillation process. It is therefore much less concentrated than pure lavender essential oil, but still has many benefits, especially for skin care. Because lavender water has lavender essential oil in it, it too can help heal sunburns.
While you may use more of it in the summer, the After-Sun Mist has year-round uses. In addition to healing sunburns, it can also be used as a makeup setting spray, refreshing toner, and to help heal and prevent acne. To use as a toner, put the After-Sun Mist on a cotton ball, and apply it on your face. To treat acne, spray a small amount on problem areas, or dab it on with a cotton ball. Be sure to avoid the eye area.
With so many uses for the After-Sun Mist, you'll want to use it all year.
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Katie Zapotoczny is a Verefina Affiliate and the creator of An Ever Green Life, a blog that seeks to empower readers to make changes that will improve their health and help protect our environment.