As awesome as my New Year shoot was, it left me with a terrible sun burn. The sun in Abuja was definitely not smiling that day. It was painful and uncomfortable and had me glowing like a blushing tomato. But it all felt worth it because the pictures came out amazing. I did however require an after sun lotion to soothe my burns.
I haven’t had a sun burn in a while because I try to be extra careful. People keep telling me to never go out without an umbrella, but ain’t nobody really got time for that. Tried it for a while, but that didn’t last. Could the fact that I was bus hopping have had something to do with it? I guess we’ll never know for certain.
I remembered a while ago my mum got me a bottle of Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera gel that worked wonders for me. I’d rub it every day after I got in from school and I hardly ever got red or burned. So, I set out looking for it to solve the present burn. Of course, I couldn’t find it. Because that is the type of luck I had. So, home I stayed, writhing in pain and consoling myself with the great comments I was getting off my New Year pictures. That is, of course, until my brother sent me a message on WhatsApp one evening when he and my mum went out.
So, I got my lotion! Whoop!
Three Weeks After Using Fruit of the Earth’s Aloe Vera After Sun Lotion
I’ve been using this for three weeks now – almost a month, actually – and I honestly don’t really know how I feel about it. It was sooooo great the first time I rubbed it on the burns, and I felt the pain start to fade away immediately. But there really hasn’t been much else in terms of sun burn relief.
When I get sunburned, my face and neck are never as much of a problem as my arms because my face always clears up fester and my neck is always red anyway. So, I always intensify application of remedies on my arms. One could say I get slightly obsessed about it. I just get really uncomfortable when my arms are sun burned.
Maybe it’s just me, but I expected my skin color to return to its smooth, delicious cream color not long after using the cream. I know it’s not magic, but my skin is still a bit reddish. They said use liberally; I did. I even used it several times a day, making sure to not rough handle the sore spots. The burns are pinkish now, but I would rather they weren’t there at all.
The lotion also promises to prevent peeling – they lied. If you’ve experienced sun burns, then you know the peeling comes soon after the itch. When this first happened to me, I freaked out so much. But, over the years, I’ve come to enjoy peeling dead skin of my body. I guess the lotion prevented the itching, because I skipped that step and hopped right into waking up to find little rolls of dead skin on my shoulders. I assure you it’s not as gross as you’re imagining it to be.
Overall, I would give this lotion props for pain relief, moisturizing, and nothing else. If you’re looking for a miracle lotion to get your complexion back after getting burned, this isn’t the one. I totally recommend getting the gel though – just for general every day use. Don’t know why my brother didn’t just get it for me at once.