How to: Cover Up Sunburn

How to: Cover Up Sunburn


We’ve all been there, the comical red lobster in the room, ‘we’re all looking at you buddy‘. It’s not fun, it’s not clever, and it sure ain’t pretty. When I was on holiday in Dubai, I once burnt my feet so badly, they literally sizzled when I put them in the sea, and every summer since they send me a reminder of that fateful day, by transforming to the lovely hue of charcoal. Yep, it looks like I’m wearing tiny black socks. If you know me, I ban you from looking this summer! Banned I tell you!

I digress. My point is, getting burnt sucks. If we’re smart then we’re really don’t need to burn, we apply sun cream, we enjoy a few rays, blah blah, but you know, sometimes, especially being from the UK, we all get a little bit sun deprived, and heck we wanna soak up those rays and bask in the suns warm glow. Next thing you know, you can fry eggs on your face, and you can’t leave your hotel room, for being be mistaken for a stop light.

So, I will help you. I’m talking sun burnt faces here, for bodies I recommend lots of pure Aloe Vera and loose clothing – stay away from alcohol packed Aloe gels. Frankly, if you end up looking like the girl in the above picture, no one can help you. A spoon? Really?

For all my frazzled friends, here’s my sunburn lowdown;

Get healing!

Stay away fromAlcohol, witch hazel, menthol, peppermint, and calamine.

The old wives tale of applying milk -will irritate freshly sun burnt skin, as the lactic acid will exfoliate the injured epidermis. Only once the burn has eased, lactic acid can be good for sloughing away dead skin cells.

Look for products containing Humectants: these prevent the loss of moisture, some compounds also have the ability to attract moisture, which your burn needs a lot of right now! Common humectants found in moisturizers are:;

  • Glycerin
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Propylene glycol
  • Butylene glycol
  • Sodium PCA
  • Sorbitol
  • Allantoin

Don’t get burnt again! Use a physical/mineral sunscreen as this will be least likely to irritate your burnt skin. Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide are good ingredients to look out for.

Get Covering!

  • Ever eye balled those funny looking green make-up products, and wondered when you use them? Now is the time to whip them out. Green tones down redness, and will minimize the look of sunburn. Try gently applying Smashbox’s Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer in Color Adjust – Green $38
  • If your skin can take it and isn’t too sore, try applying a mineral foundation/powder, as they tend not to irritate sensitive skin. Make sure it’s mineral oil free, and talc free.
  • Go neutral on the rest of the make-up! A toned down face will attract less attention than say, a bold lip. Some mascara, lip balm, and skin coverage as necessary will do the trick.
  • If you can’t bare to touch your skin, but really need to cover up your burn, try a spray foundation that requires no tools.


Lastly, wear dark colored clothes, as your bright red face won’t contrast as much with dark clothing! You could always just pack on a layer of thick pure Aloe Vera, and stay home, thinking about my lobster feet story, repeating this mantra ” I will always wear sunscreen, I will always wear sunscreen……”



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