This is a public service announcement to all other pale, easily sunburned people out there!
So a while back, I had to take some kids that I work with swimming. No big deal, until I realize that I neglected to bring sunscreen. I figured since we weren’t there that long that I could get away with it. I was wrong (of course) and needed to be rid of the sunburn ASAP since I had an audition coming up. Note the before photo below: This was after trying it once and not taking photos, then getting burnt again and remembering to take photos this round.
So I did some research and stumbled across several sites raving about how black tea would lessen your sunburn overnight! I was skeptical, but burnt enough to consider any and all options. So I picked up some cheap, Meijer brand Earl Gray and put about 5 tea bags in a glass of hot water and waited for about an hour or so for it to cool. Then, using one of the teabags that were steeping, I applied the tea directly on my burn. I then donned an old, cotton shirt that I didn’t mind possibly staining and went to bed. This is what I woke up to:
Hot damn! The photos really don’t do it justice, the sunburn was almost completely gone and I had no burning, peeling, or itching to worry about. By now, the burn is almost completely gone, but sunburns ordinarily take up to a month to disappear on me. I just wish I would have known this sooner, a lot of needless suffering over suntan lotions that didn’t work or accidental sun over-exposure could have been avoided. Just felt the need to share this cool tip, now back to your regularly scheduled program.
“She could talk her way out of a sunburn.” – Heist (2001)