Heading to the heat? Protecting your skin from the sun is key when heading on holiday (I have written up my favourite SPFs here, so go and get protected) but what do you do afterwards, when perhaps your skins a bit burnt or you just want to lock in the tan and make sure it sticks around?
There are so many different aftersuns out there, some are better than others, so if you've got your eye on something, give it a go, you never know, you might find a new favourite.
Like I mentioned in my SPF feature, I really think it's important to use a different product that's targeted specifically for your facial skin to that that is made for your body. I wouldn't slather my usual body butter on my face, so unless I'm desparate, I'm not going to do that after being in the sun afterwards. My top pick for a facial aftersun is the Institut Esthederm After Sun Repair*, £36. It hydratesand soothes the skin post-sun exposure while making sure it is optimised for tanning the next day. If you're a little burnt, this will sort you right out as it will calm it down and intensify the tan that's coming through. It has anti-aging properties and works to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles that may be on the skin while still working as an aftersun to protect and restructure. It feels extremely luxurious, and I can see myself stocking up for summers to come. A new skincare favourite for sure!
For body, if I'm looking to cool down, I'll either opt for the Ladival DNA Repair After Sun Gel*, £7 or the Bioderma Photoderm Apres Soleil Refreshing After Sun Milk*, £11.10 as they are both super light and refreshing on the skin. They sink in quickly while leaving my skin incredibly well hydrated, and ready for the evening ahead. There's nothing worse than having a hydrator that doesn't sink in and that leaves a residue, and these definitely don't do that.
If you're more of a body oil kinda gal (or guy) and are on a budget, the Solait After Sun Dry Oil for Body and Face*, £3.99 is perfect to give a go. It's soothing and nourishing and helps to releave any tightness on the skin from the sun exposure that day. I love the glow this product gives!
If you're looking for something a little more intense, the Dermalogica After Sun Repair*, £30.20 is incredubly soothing and hydrating. It works to repair any damage from exposure to any UV rays and will cool any sunburn and reduce any discomfort you may be in. It contains no artificial fragrance or colour, so I'd recommend this one if you've got sensitive skin!
Hair is something I have to admint I always forget about when it comes to protecting and hydrating after being in the sun. I wash my hair every day if I'm on holiday as being in the sun, it just feels as though it needs it. The ogx Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner*, £6.99 quenches dry and damaged hair (and trust me, you'll need it after a day in the sun). It hydrates and leaves your hair feeling super soft. It contains green algae which is a natural antixidant that helps to protect hair strands against UV radiation and heat damage, so will work to protect your hair the next day too.
What are your go-to after sun beauty products?