Cool down with these post-heat beauty treats.
As satisfying as sprawling out on a poolside lounger at the peak of summer can be, the moment of retreat into the cool comfort of an air-conditioned room or the refreshing drench of a post-sun shower may be its equal. Especially when you’ve fled to said room or shower to partake in some well-deserved self-care with after-sun products.
From cooling aloe vera-enriched gels and mists that heal and hydrate to soothing lotions that revive and restore sun-kissed skin, after-sun care can be just as integral to the protection of your skin from skin damage as your pre-sun prep. Who wants to deal with sunburnt, peeling skin anyway?
Below, we’ve narrowed it down to 10 of the best after-sun products to shop this season.
Yves Rocher 3 in 1 Moisturizing Lotion
A soothing swipe of lotion over sunburnt skin after a day out in the heat is just what the doctor ordered. Good thing this three-in-one offering by Yves Rocher soothes, moisturizes, and repairs sun damage to the skin. What’s more, its tropical Monoi fragrance smells just like summer in a bottle.
The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream
Formulated with 95 per cent natural-origin ingredients, The Body Shop’s Soothing Day Cream is full of skincare goodness. Community fair trade aloe vera sourced from Campeche, Mexico goes on gently over sensitive skin, while calming cica sourced from Madagascar works hand in hand. Rest assured that you can keep dryness at bay for up to 48 hours with this lightweight moisturizer.
Sun Bum Cool Down Aloe Vera Gel
Keep your skin cool, calm, and collected this summer with Sun Bum’s Cool Down Aloe Vera Gel. After sun exposure, apply this gel all over the skin to unleash the power of vitamin E and Tea Tree Oil — which come together to ease sunburns and prevent peeling.
Phytoplage After-Sun Shampoo
When we think of after-sun products, skin-loving gels and creams are most likely the first products to come to mind for most of us. And they should be! But what about our hair? Phytoplage’s After-Sun Shampoo is here to help cleanse our scalps and strands of sand, salt, chlorine, and sunscreen residue. It’s a must-have for “everything” showers during the summertime.
Sisley-Paris After Sun Care Tan Extender
Oh, the agony of watching your post-vacation tan fade away. To slow down this catastrophe, Sisley Paris offers an After-Sun Care Tan extender. Drawing upon shea butter, stevia leaf extracts and plant glycerin, this product keeps skin soft, while the look of your tan is extended thanks to a small amount of self-tanning ingredients within its formula. Crisis averted.
Selfmade Comfort Zone Bundle
Selfmade’s Comfort Zone Bundle is the ultimate after-sun self-care duo. Inclusive of the Secure Attachment Comfort Serum+ and Corrective Experience Comfort Cream, this skincare set harnesses the power of both humectants (ingredients that draw water into the skin) via aloe leaves and hyaluronic acids, and emollients (skin softeners that lock in moisture) via squalene to rejuvenate sun-kissed skin.
La Roche-Posay Posthelios After-Sun Gel
With a name that literally translates to “after-sun,” La Roche-Posay’s Posthelios line has got the right idea. Our pick from the collection is this soothing after-sun gel, which delivers an instant cooling sensation to relieve sunburn and soothe sun-baked skin while the thermal spring water ingredient acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant. For an extra cold blast, store this product in the fridge ahead of your next post-sun shower.
Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Sheet Mask
What’s a little self-care without a sheet mask? Packed with skin-calming aloe vera, hydrating hyaluronic acid and five kinds of protective ceramides, this mask by Klairs is sure to revive your skin after any sun-filled adventure. Plus, it’s sensitive skin-safe!
Coola ER+ Radical Recovery Lotion
Bring post-sun skin back to life with Coola’s ER+ Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion. Gentle enough for daily use after sun exposure, this product boasts a dreamy blend of organic agave and aloe vera enhanced by vitamin-intensive boosters like rosemary extract and calming cedarwood. There’s nothing more satisfying than treating thirsty skin to a layer of moisturizing lotion at the end of a hot day.
That’so After Sun Spray
If you’re on the go, take this After Sun Spray by That’so along on your summer travels. In one fine spritz, this mist moisturizes, refreshes, and soothes the skin all at once. So whenever you need a cooling hit of hydration, top up with this spray and let it be your secret weapon.
This article contains affiliate links, so we may earn a small commission when you make a purchase through links on our site at no additional cost to you.