Dear Kelly,

I was looking through my array of daily news articles when I noticed that you went hiking with your brother Jack in California. It must have been a nice hike, with temperatures in the 60s and sunny skies, but it seems as though you forgot one thing. You have a very fair complexion which means that if you don’t protect yourself, you’ll get sun burnt. Which you did, and that must suck.

But rest assured, you have a couple options to help deal with the agonizing burn that comes in the hours after a sunburn. Since you’re in California at the moment, chances are there’s a Whole Foods nearby, if that’s the case swing by and grab Max Green Alchemy Sun Rescue Cream. Ingredients like aloe vera leaf, calendula blossom, kukui nut oil, rosehip seed oil and jojoba oil will help you cool down those burns and also hydrate will speed up healing time. Perhaps the best thing about this product is what it doesn’t contain, it is petrochemical-free, paraben-free, GMO-free, lanolin-free, and cruelty-free. The 4oz tube however isn’t free; it’ll cost you $19.99.

What’s that you say? You’re staying in a hotel? If you are, then chances are it’s the Four Seasons (There are eight locations in California) as they supply a sun cooling gel to help you deal with your sunburn. Along with aloe and vitamins to help heal, you’ll also get allantoin which comes from the comfrey plant. Allantoin helps shed the outer layer of the epidermis and promote healthy tissue formation, which means it’s good for helping heal burns.

If you want to go all natural, you can also just stop in at a grocery store and buy an aloe vera leaf. The gel you obtain from the plant will be beneficial to dealing with your sunburn. The benefits are that these leaves are readily available and cheap, but you might be missing some of the other vitamins and nutrients that the other gels contain. There are tons of brands tying to sell consumers “100% Organic Aloe Vera Gel” but all you’re paying for is some fancy bottle and a label made from recycled packaging. Keep in mind that natural aloe vera is kind of like rubbing hair gel on your body but with a hint of slime, it's definitely an odd feeling. Taking a cool bath may also help aid in dealing with the sunburn, especially if you add some grounded oatmeal. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and can be a cheap add in to help deal with the burn. All in all, aloe + oatmeal = very cost effective and natural sunburn relief.

Kelly, hopefully next time you’re out and about you’ll realize that you’re so light skinned that you’d probably get a tan from standing next to a microwave. Use sunscreen, if you have a hard time deciding on which one to use, we here at TIA have done the grunt work and picked out some good ones. On the bright side of things, at least you’re taking in natural sunlight unlike some other celebrities who are looking more and more, how do I put it, radioactively orange these days.

Ingredients in Sun Rescue Cream
Purified Water, Octyldodecanol (plant emollient), Aqueous Herbal Extract (Urtica Dioica* (nettles) Leaf, Hypericum Perforatum* (st. johnís wort), Camellia Sinensis* (green tea) Leaf, Symphytum Officinale* (comfrey) Leaf, Calendula Officinais* (calendula)), Helianthus Annus* (GMO-free sunflower) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate (plant emulsifier), Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM-botanical sulphur compound), Octyl Stearate (plant emollient), Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate (plant conditioner), Behenyl Alcohol (plant emollient), Glyceryl Stearate (plant emulsifier), Simmondsia Chinensis* (jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Aleurites Moluccans (kukui) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis* (aloe vera) Leaf, Calendula Officinalis* (calendula), Borago Officinalis* (borage) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (wheat) Germ Oil, Glycine Soja (soy amino acid), Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Anisate, Citrus Amara (neroli), Cymbopogon Nardus* (citronella), Glycerin (vegetable source), Sucrose Cocoate (plant emulsifier), Anthemis Noblis* (chamomile), Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender), Pelargonium Capitatum* (germanium), Daucus Carota+ (carrot) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C ester), Mixed Tocopherols (plant derived GMO-free natural vitamin E).
* Organic + Wildcrafted