A beach vacation can be full of fun in the sun, scanning the sand for seashells, and hours spent relaxing with a good mystery book. But it can also leave you sunburned, looking like a lobster, and painfully dealing with the after effects of not enough sunscreen.
Thankfully, actress Lupita Nyong'o has a travel skincare tip that can save your vacation — and the environment — even if you forgot to reapply.
“Sunscreen is the name of the game, but I think it’s also really important to find products that are not poisonous to the world we live in,” Nyong'o told The New York Times in an interview last week. “I carry calendula ointment, which is a good healer for burns, scrapes, scars. I had a terrible sunburn and the oil cured me of it in just one night. I swear by it. I guess that’s really the one thing I wouldn’t travel without.”
And she’s not alone in needing an after-burn treatment. In fact, 67 percent of people are not using nearly enough sunscreen, according to a study in the U.K. by The Hospital Group.
The pure calendula oil is great for moisturizing dry, chapped, and split skin, and is a natural antiseptic, which can help with healing of minor cuts and bug bites, according to the seller. It’s also great for pore detoxification and toning, and has anti-inflammatory properties that can help lessen swelling.
The pure oil has no additives or chemicals and is gluten free, cruelty free, and vegan. And while it may have a bit of a strong scent, many customers seem to feel its healing properties outweigh that. Like Nyong'o, Amazon customers are on board with this multi-purpose oil.
“This was recommended to me by my facialist. I got the worst sunburn of my life on spring break and was peeling like crazy and looked like I had been boiled in oil. This helped to [soothe] my skin, ease my discomfort and has really helped the new tender skin to heal,” wrote Amazon buyer locarb, adding that it “absorbs well.”
Fellow customer Hailey wrote that she has “sensitive skin and rosacea and everyone talks about how amazing calendula is for it, however I find calendula-infused oils to be a waste of money since I can easily make it at home (though I'm too lazy to.) This however I needed to get my hands on. Very very happy I tried it out. Smells just like calendula flowers (not a great smell, but a sign of authenticity) and relieves my inflamed skin instantly.”
At only $14 for a 2-ounce bottle (which also happens to be a TSA-approved carry-on size), it’s an inexpensive and easy way to protect your skin while traveling.
As for Nyong'o herself, she may not have any trips coming up, but she told the Times she really wants to visit Brazil. (Same, to be honest).
Go to Amazon.com to buy the pure calendula oil starting at $14 for your next sunny escape.