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Tried to catch the last of the summer sun and now feeling the burn? Skincare guru, Dija Ayodele, reveals *exactly* what you need to do next


Q: Dear Dija, Help! I tried to catch the last of the summer sun rays and now I’m sunburned. What can I do?

Summer sunshine has been at a premium this year, so no shade for trying to make the most of it. As Black women we’re definitely getting better at using sunscreen but I know that some of us still fall through the cracks of misinformation and the result can easily be sunburn.

It’s a total myth that Black skin can’t get burned because it can and it’s usually harder to spot the burn because unlike white skin, your skin won’t look red and inflamed. Rather, it will flush darker which can easily be mistaken for a tan. That aside, some other signs of sunburn involve the skin feeling excessively hot and prickly, dry and tight, and even flaking. Not pleasant at all (I feel your pain), but luckily there’s a few tricks to get it back to normal.

It goes without saying that staying out of the sun is key to avoid worsening the burn. A cool shower or cold flannel compress will help to reduce inflammation followed by a generous helping of a soothing aftersun lotion – I like new kid on the block Eucerin Sun Sensitive Relief Soothing Regenerating After Sun Lotion Gel (£14.50), which is packed with antioxidants such as Alpha-Glycosylrutin to help minimise the effects of the sun damage and help skin regenerate quickly.

One of my favourite hacks is also to keep plain Aloe Vera gel in the fridge to use for sunburn or skin irritation. It’s simple, soothing and effective, until you can get to something with added skincare benefits.

If your face is also burnt, think water. You need a lot of hydration to minimise dry and flaky patches. You can’t go wrong with Avene Hydrance Aqua Gel (£20) which is an intense hydrator with their famous anti-irritating thermal spring water as well as antioxidants that coat your skin in moisture and freshness, but without that heavy feeling. I love that you can apply lightweight layers during the day but also use it as a night mask.

You’re going to have to be vigilant with sunscreen protection. I suggest you cover up with lightweight layers but also your skin may be be feeling very sore, so opt for a spray sunscreen as that will be more gentle than rubbing anything into the skin. Ultrasun UV Face and Scalp Mist SPF50 (£18) is my top choice created to protect even the most sensitive skin types and without the dreaded white cast on Black skin. You do have to be very vigilant to re-apply every two hours to keep your skin well protected.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but it’s likely you’ll end up with some hyperpigmentation but this is easily tackled when the skin has healed. Gentle exfoliation is key, I love a physical and acid-based combination for getting rid of dead skin cells. Soap is having a come back moment and Glossier Body Hero Exfoliating Bar (£12) has soft bamboo powder to lift away old and dry skin cells.

Two to three times a week pair with Beauty Pie Dr Glycolic High Potency Perfecting and Exfoliating Body Lotion (£50) which has a generous 20% glycolic and hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil and shea butter to fade superficial discolouration and smooth the texture of your skin. It’s best applied on damp skin and don’t make the mistake I made – definitely avoid after shaving!

Sunburn is no joke but if you act fast, damage can be minimised. Also, check out my favourite sunscreens for Black skin because prevention is always better than cure.

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