In the summer, there’s nothing better than spending time outside in the sun with friends and family.
Unfortunately, any time you go outside in the summer, you run the risk of getting a sunburn.
Even if you slather on sunscreen and hide under an umbrella, it’s still possible to get a sunburn. Almost everyone has gotten one of these awful burns at some point in time, which means we all know how painful they can be.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to just make your sunburn disappear?
Well, apparently there is! Most people turn straight to the aloe when their skin starts hurting, but according to one Texas mom, there’s a product that’s much better.
Cindie Allen-Stewart revealed a brilliant sunburn hack on her Facebook page. The genius product? Menthol shaving cream.
Apparently all you have to do is smear the shaving cream on your sunburned skin and let it sit for half an hour. Cindie learned the trick from her mother-in-law, and it actually has some merit to it! Menthol-based products have hydrating properties and anti-inflammatory benefits, so they can help sunburns heal faster. That said, menthol shaving cream should never be put on blisters or any open skin.
Cindie Allen-Stewart’s post got a ton of attention. Within just a few weeks, the post had been shared almost 230,000 times on Facebook.
Her post was also liked 42,000 times and racked up 49,000 comments from people all over the world.
Cindie wrote: “If you’re like me, you hate getting sunburned. No matter how much sunscreen you put on, some people just burn anyway. I recently told a friend about a sunburn treatment that works wonders!
“She told me she had never heard about it, so I figured I’d make a post because I was sunburned recently. Usually, it takes just a couple days from start to finish, but this takes the heat out of it fast and makes it more comfortable on you.
“I found out about this from my husband. His mom used to do this to him when he ended up with a sunburn.”
“First, buy you some Menthol foam shaving cream. It has to be the foam and it has to have menthol in it. We found Gillette shaving cream on Amazon since we had problems finding menthol foam in stores. We ended up buying 6 cans of it, but it works out because we live in Texas and sunburns happen a lot. (Plus, we have given a couple cans to friends.)
“Next, apply the shaving cream on the burn. It may seem like it’s a strange shaving ritual, but trust me! Don’t rub it in, just let it sit on your skin. It will start bringing all that heat out (you’ll be able to feel it). You may feel like you are itchy too, but that’s a good thing! Itching means healing.
“Then, after about 30 minutes, the shaving cream will seem like it has dissolved in spots. It will seem like it’s not as moist and a little dried out. You will feel as if you’re becoming a little cold, at least on the sunburned part of your body. THAT IS A GOOD SIGN!
“Next, rinse it off in a lukewarm or cool shower or bath. It’s just to get the residue off. Finally, if you still need it, do it again the next day. Usually after that second treatment, the sunburn disappears.”
“The pictures show my treatment. The final picture was taken the third day after my sunburn. I slept great after the first treatment and when my shoulders still felt hot from the burn the next day, I had another coating of shaving cream on just my shoulders. I have not had any peeling either. I use this on my kids too!”
Since posting the original photos and message, Cindie has added a few updates to the post. She explained that although this method works for her, it may not work for everybody.
Cindie just wanted to share a cool sunburn hack with friends. She never expected it to get so much attention. If you’re concerned about how your skin might react to menthol shaving cream, spot-test a small area. If you have sensitive skin, ask a doctor before trying this hack.
At the end of her post, Cindie included an important message: “PSA: Please remember to always use sunscreen! Too much sun exposure can be dangerous and lead to cancer. By no means am I endorsing going out without sunscreen! I burn with sunscreen as well and know of the hassle, but it is worth it to wear it!”