Summer Fridays, beach-side Instagrams, and rooftop happy hours all make for a perfect summer. But along with that comes the dreaded sunburn.
No matter how much SPF we prep with, sometimes red uncomfortable skin goes beyond getting the sun kissed glow we were aiming for. Thankfully, one of our favorite Hollywood muses, Lupita Nyong'o, has the perfect solution -- and it's under $20.
"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,” the "Black Panther" star told The New York Times in a recent interview. “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," she explained.
"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 sooth my skin, ease my discomfort and has really helped the new tender skin to heal. Absorbs well, not heavy or greasy, mild fragrance." - Amazon Customer
So what is calendula ointment? The ingredients are rich in vitamins, minerals, micro- and macro-elements and in fatty acids. Amazon explains that natural "calendula Oil is best for skin, nails, lips, hair, face, body, scalp, rich can can be used as a pure agent or mixed." Thanks to the high content of vitamins, the formula makes skin more elastic and smoothes wrinkles.
We sorted through Amazon and narrowed down the top two and best-selling calendula oils. Add this multi-purpose product to your beach bag or skin care routine and shop away!
"Fantastic product. It absorbs easily, has the mild smell of marigold/calendula. Unlike other products, this is not drenched in olive oil, and actually feels as if I am applying the flower! It contains almond oil, but that odor isn't evident, so I suspect it has quite a bit of calendula flower. The cap has an inside drip plastic top, so there's no waste and you can dispense what you need. Just excellent." - Amazon reviewer
Lupita Nyong'o best red carpet moments
Lupita Nyong'o best red carpet moments
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the '12 Years A Slave' Premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Princess of Wales Theatre on September 6, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Terry Rice/WireImage)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 04: Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 4, 2014 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Lupita Nyong'o attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the premiere of Universal Pictures and Studiocanal's 'Non-Stop' at Regency Village Theatre on February 24, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Lupita Nyong'o is honored by LoveGold at Chateau Marmont on February 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 86th Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Lupita Nyong'o attends the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Lupita Nyong'o attends the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress Lupita Nyong'o poses in the Press Room during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 13: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the opening ceremony and premiere of 'La Tete Haute ('Standing Tall') during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Variety's Power Of Women: New York 2016 at Cipriani Midtown on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Lupita Nyong'o attends 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Lupita Nyong'o attends the 70th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 'Queen of Katwe' premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on September 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Dominik Magdziak Photography/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the premiere of Disney's 'Queen Of Katwe' at the El Capitan Theatre on September 20, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Lupita Nyong'o attends the 'Queen Of Katwe' - Virgin Atlantic Gala screening during the 60th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 8th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Lupita Nyong'o attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images For US Weekly)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Lupita Nyong'o attends the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Actor Lupita Nyong'o from Marvel Studiosï¿½ ï¿½Black Panther' at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2017 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)