While we all know that prevention is the most important thing when it comes to protecting skin from harmful UV rays, we also all have days where we miss a spot or forget to top-up in time. That’s where after sun comes into play, and while it’s not going to reverse the effects of sun damage, it can help to give skin a little TLC in the form of cooling and soothing any sunburnt spots, preventing peeling, and rehydrating parched skin.
Scroll down to meet the after sun products you need in your beach bag this summer.
Dr Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Sleepair Intensive Mask
Cica (also known as centella asiatica) is well known for its abilities to soothe redness and irritation, and that includes sunburn – since it works by reducing inflammation and supporting the skin’s natural healing process. This refreshing gel-textured mask is perfect for treating sunburn on the face – just leave it on overnight to work its magic while you sleep.
Sun Bum After Sun Cool Down Spray
If your skin is in the burning and itching stage of sunburn (ouch!), this cooling spray provides instant relief, soothing the skin with a blend of aloe vera and vitamin E. Perfect for keeping in your handbag for on-the-go emergencies and for treating skin that feels too sore to touch.
COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50
It’s important to ensure that you maintain protection while treating any existing sunburn, and this aloe-based SPF is formulated precisely with this scenario in mind. The deeply hydrating formula helps to prevent peeling while aloe vera soothes irritation, and SPF50 keeps skin protected from future damage.
Bondi Sands Aloe Vera After Sun Lotion SPF30
Another two-in-one multitasker, this hydrating after sun spray helps to simultaneously replenish and protect skin that’s been over-exposed to the sun. What’s more, the formula is water-resistant for up to four hours. For an extra refreshing treatment, refrigerate before using.
Clinique Aftersun Rescue Balm With Aloe
As with suncream, after sun products designed for your body don’t always work so well on your fcae – especially if your skin is sensitive or prone to breakouts. Fortunately, this hydrating balm (which does an excellent job of preventing peeling) is designed to be used on both face and body – the formula is oil-free and non-acnegenic.
Ultrasun After Sun Classic
This traditional after sun formula is packed with nourishing ingredients like allantoin and bisabolol which work hard to restore the skin’s natural moisture levels within 24 hours. The light, cooling texture feels amazing on hot, irritated skin.
Holika Holika Aloe 99% Soothing Gel
While it isn’t technically marketed as an after sun, this ultra-cooling gel is perfect for treating angry, irritated sunburn. You’ll have noticed that aloe vera is a common theme amongst these products – the ingredient is known for its ability to soothe everything from burns to rashes, bites, and itches by calming and hydrating the skin.