The Effective After-Sun Body Soothers To Pack For Holiday
The Effective After-Sun Body Soothers To Pack For Holiday

The Effective After-Sun Body Soothers To Pack For Holiday

It’s been proven that UV rays can still cause damage to the skin for up to ten hours after sun exposure which is why, if you’ve had a little too much, it’s best to put your skin into recovery mode as soon as possible. Here are some of our favourite after-sun products, all of which are designed to repair and soothe for instant relief…
By Sapna Rao

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After Baume, £25 | Glossier

Best For: Barrier Rescue 

Whether your skin has been exposed to the sun or is just feeling a bit sensitive, this vegan, non-comedogenic formula does it all. It works by targeting the skin barrier to repair, hydrate and keep the skin feeling nourished long after initial exposure. With a buttery smooth texture, it melts in on application and offers up to 24 hours of continuous moisture at a time.

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After Sun Body Balm, £32 | Oway

Best For: Deep Repair 

This goes beneath the surface to target sun damage on a cellular level. Halting the development of free radicals, it relieves any burns or irritation by coating the skin in a thick and creamy layer of hydration. Aside from its soothing properties, it also has an addictive summer scent made up of notes of Mediterranean citrus, exotic woods and light vanilla. There’s another product in the range designed specifically to target the hair and scalp, which is also worth checking out.

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Refreshing After Sun Gel for Face & Body, £19.35 (was £22) | Clarins

Best For: Instantly Refreshing 

For quick relief after a day in the sun, this aloe vera and watermelon gel instantly soothes and hydrates hot, angry skin. It fights against the drying effects of UV rays, while also working to prolong the look of a natural tan. Non-sticky, and with a nourishing and creamy consistency, it will leave skin feeling supple and soothed for up to 48 hours at a time – although severely irritated skin might need more intermittent top-ups.

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Greek Yoghurt Calming and Cooling Gel, £17.45 (was £21) | KORRES

Best For: Relieving Discomfort 

Another one that offers instant aid to sunburned skin, this is formulated with a gel consistency, while the key ingredient – Greek yoghurt – plays a starring role in creating a powerful barrier of hydration. Not only does it protect the skin against external aggressors, it also locks in moisture to repair damage and soothe irritation. You’ll find it quickly minimises stubborn redness or dryness.

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Water Soul Aloe Gel, £21 | The Comfort Zone

Best For: Lightweight & Cooling 

For the evenings out on holiday when you want a lightweight but effective dose of moisture to aid the effects of the day, this thin aloe gel is the perfect remedy. Creating a cooling sensation on application, the effects feel instant, but the benefits don’t end once the formula soaks in. Formulated with more than 96% natural ingredients, this gel goes deeper too to soothe the skin, repair damage and keep you feeling nourished all night long.

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Aloe Antioxidant Calming Mist, £30 | Soleil Toujours

Best For: Easy Application

A great one for your beach bag, spritz this onto skin any time it feels in need of a nourishing veil of moisture. Although effective on sun damaged skin, it can also be used daily as part of your normal skincare routine to flood you complexion with a healthy host of ingredients and actives – including green tea leaf extract, hyaluronic acid, grapeseed oil, and grape seed extract.

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After Sun, £25 | Dr Hauschka

Best For: Natural Ingredients

Skin which has been exposed to UV rays will automatically feel more sensitive, so applying products full of natural and clean ingredients is well worth it. This delivers an ultra-cooling dose of hydration the minute it comes into contact with reddened skin, while rosehip oil, shea butter and ice plant extract work together to nourish and repair, quickly absorbing into skin to lock in moisture that lasts.

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Aloe Vera Gel, £50 | Dr. Barbara Sturm

Best For: All-Rounder 

Created by the facialist to the stars, insiders and A-listers alike swear by Barbara Stum’s miracle products, and this Aloe Vera Gel is no exception. It contains 90% pure, organic aloe vera juice while also being infused with other effective activities to support skin regeneration and ease irritation. It also fortifies the skin barrier to better defend against free radicals while it's vulnerable.

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