When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun's harsh rays, don't think about ditching your razor just yet. In fact, while it may seem like shaving can increase your chances of a sunburn, that old beauty myth just simply isn't true. Your freshly shaven legs will receive just as much sun exposure as hairy ones. According to dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara in an email interview with Bustle, sunburns only come from one thing — prolonged sun exposure. No amount of hair is going to counteract that. Before you head out into the sun this summer, feel free to de-fuzz at your leisure. Your skin won't suffer any extra harm from UV rays due to your smoother skin.
However, if you are worried about your exposed skin in the sunlight, Dr. Gohora suggests using an SPF 30 for daily sun protection. Simply apply a thorough amount 30 minutes before heading outdoors in order for the sunscreen to soak in properly. She also recommends applying a thick moisturizer after shaving in order to keep your skin feeling it's best. "Moisturization helps to keep the skin barrier intact and as long as that is the case, you [your skin] should be fine! A thick cream after you shave can do wonders."
If you still find that you've managed to get a sunburn after all that prep work, don't feel discouraged. Here are Dr. Gohora's personal recommendations for healing a sunburn.
1. Take A Cold Shower
First, Dr. Gohara recommends stepping into a cold shower after a day in the sun. Not only do cold showers feel great on your hot skin, but they are easy way to help lower your body's temperature, and start the healing process for your skin.
2. Use A Moisturizing Body Wash
Dr. Gohara also notes that replenishing your skin's natural moisture barrier is key for soothing a nasty sunburn. Start the moisturizing process in the shower by using hydrating body wash to help add moisture back into the skin.
3. Apply Aloe Vera
Lastly, Dr. Gohara suggests soothing the skin's redness and cooling your hot skin by using aloe vera gel. This all-natural gel works wonders at healing damaging sunburns, and adding moisture to the skin.
So, feel free to keep your razor around this summer. It won't be the reason for any unwanted sunburns.
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