After spending hours under a tropical sun, you return to your room hoping to see some new tan lines, only to find that you’ve accidentally burnt yourself to a crisp. We’ve all been there, but it’s not an experience you have to repeat year on year.
With the help of a specially designed moisturiser or lotion, you can turn that redness into the tan you were after. In fact, no matter how well your skin deals with the sun, it’s important to give it the right nourishment in the evening to avoid looking like an old leather handbag in years to come.
Here are eight of the best:
Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel
Sensitive skin in particular will love this cooling gel- easily absorbed, it doesn’t clog pores or leave behind any sticky residue. Containing both anti-bacterial and anti- inflammatory properties, it’ll heal your parched and damaged skin quickly and even when the holiday’s over you can use it to nourish hair, clear up acne and fade stretch marks.
£5.99 for 200ml, Holland & Barrett, Buy it now
Ultrasun After Sun
For those who suffer from heat rashes, this will be a godsend. Ultrasun is a trusted and well-known brand dedicated to creating products that protect and heal sun-exposed skin, so fair skin will love this lotion which is free from the emulsifiers that can trigger allergic reactions.
£19 for 150ml, Look Fantastic, Buy it now
Vichy Ideal Soleil After Sun
Vichy’s after sun oil allows you to kill two birds with one stone; adding a glow to your skin as it nourishes. If you’re dashing out for the evening not long after vacating the pool, this will speed up the process: you can apply it whilst in the shower rather than after. The Shea oil is rich in fatty acids, dramatically reducing the chance of peeling.
£8.66 for 200ml, Escentual, Buy it now
Clarins After Sun Moisturiser
If you want a sun kissed look long after you’re back on home turf, an After Sun that both repairs and enhances your tan, such as this one, is a good call. Clarins combines safflower and sunflower extracts to reduce redness and discomfort whilst enhancing your natural tan. It contains a self-tanning agent to boost your natural glow so make sure you wash your hands after use to avoid the dreaded tangerine palm.
£18.45 for 150ml, Escentual, Buy it now
Ruby Red Vitamin C Body Moisturiser
Not all products for burnt skin need to have the words ‘After Sun’ in the name. In their all-natural, vegan-friendly beauty lab, the people at Ruby Red have concocted this luxury lotion to keep skin supple and healthy. Combining active plant lipid compounds with a huge dose of Vitamin C, it’ll boost collagen regeneration which, in turn, will stop weather-weary skin looking haggard. The price tag may not suit every budget, but the 500ml bottle makes it worth it.
£48 for 500ml, Ruby Red Cosmetics, Buy it now
Calypso After Sun Lotion with Insect Repellent
With 500ml in each bottle, you get a lot of bang for your buck here. Including insect repellent as well as soothing agents, it’s a great one to use on the kids before you go out for dinner as it means avoiding the tedium of having to apply two separate ointments. The smell is fresh and fruity so you won’t feel like you’ve doused yourself in bug-killing spray.
£3.75 for 500ml, Fragrance Direct, Buy it now
Herborist Crackling Mousse
Yes, that’s right- it really is a mousse that crackles. This Chinese herbal beauty brand has brought the most unique and exciting after sun product to the UK- an After Sun that fizzes on the skin. Applying lotion to burnt skin can often be a painful process, but the chrysanthemum takes away the sting; immediately generating an icy-cold sensation as it fizzes. Once applied, it’ll leave your skin with a soft, silken feeling much like the one you get after applying a high quality serum. This is a must for those with severe sunburn.
£21.25, Amazon, Buy it now
Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Coconut Body Butter
More like your regular moisturiser, this body butter is rich and smooth. It deeply nourishes your parched skin with the help of both coconut and avocado oils (what else?) and feels much more luxurious than the price tag suggests. This is great for that stubborn dry skin on the lower legs as well as typical dry spots such as the knees and elbows. What with the aforementioned ingredients, it smells great, too.
£5.49, Superdrug, Buy it now