If we beauty editors had our way, everyone would be walking around with SPF 50 in their bags and on their bodies all the time. Just in case we have to tell you again: sunscreen is the most important part of any beauty regimen. In fact, it’s more like a health diet. But for those rare days when you forget your sunscreen at home or accidentally fall asleep in the sun, Facebook is here with the latest viral sunburn hack.
As first spotted by NewBeauty, Facebook user Cindi Allen-Stewart’s post went viral when she shared her and her husband’s home sunburn tip with friends. Instead of helping a few BFFs, the post exploded, with almost 50,000 comments from believers and skeptics. Tip: Soothe sunburn with a menthol shaving cream, specifically Gillette Foamy Menthol.
Allen-Stewart shared progress photos of her lobster-red back fading into a more respectable blush after spending half an hour slathered in shaving cream. She advises her friends to apply shaving cream directly to the burn, the same way you would apply moisturizer or aloe.
“It may seem like a weird shaving ritual, but believe me! Don’t rub it in, just let it sit on your skin. It will start to draw all that heat away (you’ll be able to feel it). You may also have the feeling like itching, but that’s a good thing! Itching means healing,” she wrote.
She recommends leaving the cream on for 30 minutes, after which “you’ll feel a little cold.” If the burn is still there, she says a second day of shaving cream solution will dissolve the burn for good.