Chances are you’ve taken the proper precautions before heading out into the sun—sunscreen, hats, etc.—but what about what happens after you pack up and go inside at the end of the day?
Just because you didn’t burn doesn’t mean you haven’t suffered sun damage. Recent research has found that the DNA damage (which leads to burns and, in some cases, skin cancer) caused by sunlight can occur after UV exposure ends—another important reason to apply sunscreen every time you go outdoors.
After your day of fun in the sun, be sure to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration inside and out. Because the sun, saltwater and chlorine are all very drying to your skin, it’s important to moisturize when you get home. Products with petroleum and synthetically derived ingredients trap the heat in your skin and can be irritating, so natural after-sun care is your best bet.
Must-have Ingredients for After Sun Care
One of nature’s greatest gifts to skincare, aloe is known for its immediate cooling effect on damaged skin—especially if kept chilled in the refrigerator! The gel from aloe vera is 99% water, it contains unique anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and can help your sunburn heal faster.
Try: Dr. Alkaitis Organic Day Cream, dralkaitis.com; Aubrey Organics Aloe Vera Gel, aubreyorganics.com
Extracted from the nuts of the shea tree, this organic vegetable fat is renowned for its moisturizing ability. Shea butter‘s cellular makeup actually mimics the natural moisturizers produced by the skin, making it on of the most natural remedies for sun recovery.
Try: Alaffia Antioxidant Shea Butter Body Cream, alaffia.com; SheaMoisture Raw Shea Body Lotion, Target.com
To increase both your skin’s resistance to sun damage and aid it in sun recovery, you can’t do much better. Try applying a body and bath oil infused with vitamin E after a day in the sun.
Try: Eminence Rose Hip Whip Moisturizer, eminenceorganics.com; One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm, oneloveorganics.com