Heads Up: This Surprising Ingredient Can Actually Make A Sunburn Worse
As much as you practice safe sun (right?), you can still wind up with a burn from time to time. Those UV rays are no joke, especially during this sizzler of a summer.
When you do get sunburned, tons of ingredients can calm down the crispy, itchy, tender, uncomfortable skin: Aloe is perhaps the poster child for aprés-sun care, but you can also turn to colloidal oat, chamomile, green tea, and even plain ol' ice water if you're in need of some quick relief. Some even gather heavy-duty moisturizers, like coconut oil, to slather on once the sunburn starts to peel.
Careful with that last category. Yes, replenishing moisture is important post-sun, but you might want to think twice before dousing yourself in coconut oil—apparently, it can make inflamed skin feel worse.