So You Forgot Sunscreen — 7 Face Masks That'll Soothe The StingMore
Imagine the perfect summer Saturday. You're biking along a dirt road of a small coastal town, the wind from the ocean kisses your cheek, the birds are singing, and life is good. Likely, your idyllic day is also filled with a flowy sundress, friends, family, some spicy margs, and definitely endless hours of cloudless sunshine.
The real foil to this otherwise lovely day is the moment you look in the mirror to find a bright, red sunburn spread across your nose and cheeks. You were so busy living your best life that you forgot to slap on an SPF 50 sunscreen. But now, you have to rehab your Skin to prevent peeling or dark spots.
With the help of dermatologist Susan Bard, MD, we rounded up the best face masks to heal a sunburn and prevent further skin damage. From a $6 aloe sheet mask you can grab at Sephora to an all-natural, pumpkin and honey glycolic treatment that sounds good enough to eat, we have all the masks you should grab before your summer plans get in the way of your sun protection.
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We all know aloe is a sunburn healer. Dr. Bard says it's packed with natural anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe irritated skin. But, you don't need to carry around an entire aloe plant to treat your face post-burn, you can get all the healing benefits in a mask form, for $6 nonetheless.
Sephora Collection Face Mask, $6, available at Sephora
This sheet mask is a bit pricey, but Dr. Bard recommends it to all her clients who come in with sun-damaged skin because it takes down the redness and calms skin sensitivity almost immediately.
Joanna Vargas Euphoria Face Mask, $75, available at Joanna Vargas
If your skin has accumulated years of sun and you have dark spots to prove it, this Dr. Jart mask is a great add-in to your skin regimen. Dr. Bard likes it because it has both vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids to brighten and hydrate the skin.
Dr. Jart+ Dr. Jart+ Brightening Infusion Hydrogel Mask 1. 2 oz, $7.5, available at QVC
She also loves this gentle, all-natural glycolic mask with an ingredient label that reads more like a shopping list — with fruit stem cells, manuka honey, and organic pumpkin.
Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask, $14.95, available at Andalou Naturals
"To combat chronic sun damage, use a mask with antioxidants like green tea to help combat free radicals," Dr. Bard recommends.
Karuna Anti-Oxidant Face Mask, $8, available at Shoptiques
After a long day in the sun, grab this happy yellow bottle. The balm inside helps prevent any skin peeling.
Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe, 5 oz., $27, available at Macy's
We already raided Target to get all of our reasonably-priced skin care this summer. And we're adding this $7 creamy moisturizing mask to the list because it bounces skin back from a bad burn while you sleep.
Pacifica Pacifica Super Hydration Sleepover Mask, $7.29, available at Target
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