SPF is the foundation of skin health, but despite our best efforts, even the most careful among us have ended up a few stages past sun-kissed after a day at the beach, and not all sunburn remedies are created equal.
While broad-spectrum UV protection should be part of everyone’s daily skin- and body-care routines, regular sun exposure strips the skin of essential oils, leading to dryness and flaking. Even worse? Sunburns can have long term changes on the skin’s collagen, which can lead to fine lines and deep wrinkles over time. Even just one fun day of sun, chlorine, and salt can have negative effects if you don’t use and reapply sunscreen.
Fortunately, there are tons of soothing skin-care solutions, like herbal and calming infusions with cactus extract, watermelon, and Greek yogurt to jolt a wave of cooling comfort and hydration to angry skin.
So if you’re feeling burned instead of bronzed, we’ve found the best after-sun skin-care products like refreshing gels and vitamin-packed masks to help cool things down and begin the healing process.
Remember – rays today, raisins tomorrow.
Here are the best after-sun skin-care products you can buy:
- Best after-sun skin-care product overall: Make Succulent Skin Gel
- Best affordable after-sun mask: Sephora After-Sun Mask – Watermelon
- Best after-sun lotion for sensitive skin: Coola ER+ Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion
- Best luxury after-sun mask: Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme Detoxifying Hydrator
- Best after-sun gel for immediate relief: Korres After Sun Greek Yoghurt Cooling Gel for Face and Body
Updated 5/24/19 by Jada Wong: Updated formatting and links.
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The best after-sun skin-care product overall
The best affordable after-sun mask
The best after-sun lotion for sensitive skin
The best luxurious after-sun mask
The best after-sun gel for immediate relief
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