Last week, a Facebook post went viral offering a really unusual sunburn remedy. The woman from Texas posted before-and-after photos of her sunburnt back and suggested that menthol shaving foam did all the miraculous work. Although it sounds strange, several doctors could confirm the hack might work.
The woman suggested shaving foam as a sunburn remedy
Cindie Allen-Stewart, a 34-year-old mother from Texas, wanted to share with everyone her strange but incredibly effective sunburn remedy. The woman posted on Facebook three photos showing the progress of her sunburn treatment. At first, she displayed her sunburnt back with bra straps traces. In the second one, her back was covered in shaving foam, while the third showed how the sunburn was gone.
It turns out the miraculous sunburn remedy was nothing more than a menthol shaving foam. Apparently, her husband suggested she should try it, after his mother had informed him a doctor recommended the remedy to her a long time ago. People were surprised at the effects, so they shared the post over 223,480 times.
Doctors confirmed the sunburn remedy might work for mild cases
Apparently, the Texas mother has been using this method for ten years now. She explained you should apply the shaving foam on the sunburnt area and let it sit for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, it starts dissolving, so you should start experiencing a cooling effect. You should notice the foam is working after at least one day, but you can repeat the process if needed.
Several thousands of people were impressed by this life hack, but many were skeptical. Therefore, doctors stepped in to confirm or infirm the fact. It turns out menthol-based shaving cream can really be effective. These products are both cooling and have anti-inflammatory properties, so they might be good with sunburns.
However, doctors say you should still be careful. Shaving cream is good for mild cases of sunburn. If your skin is way too inflamed or has blisters, the cooling effect of menthol won’t do too much good.
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