Mistakes happen. So do sunburns. Don’t wait to treat them: On the first day, take an
anti-inflammatory (e.g., Advil) to reduce pain and the inflammation that leads to
DNA damage, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Patricia Wexler. For the next few days
use a moisturizer that contains an anti-inflammatory like aloe, such as DDF Ultra
Lite Moisturizing Dew
). When the burn is gone, exfoliate with an alpha-hydroxy cleanser a few times a week (try Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing cleanser
, $37; dermalogica.com
). And stay out of the sunAHAs make skin sensitive.