10 After-Sun Products That Will Help Your Summer Skin Thrive

If a skin-care bible were to exist, the very first chapter would be about sunscreen. SPF is the one thing — no matter your age, complexion, or skin type — that every dermatologist touts as the single most important product you can use to protect your skin. This rings especially true in the summer, where (socially distant) beach and park sessions mean soaking up more UV rays than usual.

But one crucial part of sun care that often goes overlooked is what you do after being outdoors. "Even without a sunburn, UV radiation, heat, visible and infrared light, and other environmental factors can lead to inflammation in the skin and a disruption of the skin barrier," Hadley King, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist, says. "It's important to look for products that contain humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin to hydrate the skin, and emollients like ceramides and lipids to support the skin barrier."


So even if you aren't burned or visibly red, post-sun care can be the difference between feeling glowy and sun-kissed or dry and achy. Ahead, we rounded up the best after-sun treatments so your summer skin can thrive.

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Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion

Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, recommends keeping this lotion close after a trip to the park or beach. "It has soothing aloe and vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that helps neutralize sun-related free radical damage," he says.
Sun Bum Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion, $11.99 Buy

Vaseline Intensive Care Body Lotion Aloe Soothe

Dr. Zeichner also recommends using this lotion on clean, dry skin after a pool day. "This easy-to-spread lotion has triple purified petrolatum and aloe vera in a non-greasy formula that will lock in hydration," he explains. You also won't have to worry about your bedsheets feeling sticky after use since the formula sinks in so quickly.
Vaseline Vaseline Intensive Care Body Lotion Aloe Soothe, $3.49 Buy

Avène After-Sun Repair Creamy Gel

Dr. King says that the emollients in this Avène formula will help repair any damage done by laying out for too long. "It's rich in emollients including plant sterols, fatty acids, and ceramides, which help restore the skin barrier," she explains. Bonus: It'll only set you back six bucks.
Avène Avene After Sun Repair Creamy Gel, $29.00 $6.00 Buy

Herbivore Botanicals After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist

Don't stock your beach bag without tossing in a soothing mist like this one from Herbivore Botanicals, which has aloe vera and lavender oil to hydrate and heal sun-kissed skin.
Herbivore Botanicals After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist, $20.00 Buy

Coola Radical Recovery Eco-Cert Organic After Sun Lotion

Dr. King also swears by this formula, which contains agave, aloe vera, and sunflower oil to keep you hydrated and protected from free radicals. The nourishing formula also comes in clutch on days when your skin is feeling more parched than usual.
Coola COOLA Radical Recovery Eco-Cert Organic After Sun Lotion, $32.00 Buy

Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe

Your chances of burnt, red skin the day after laying out are much slimmer if you use this creamy balm, which is packed with aloe to soothe irritation and stop peeling in its tracks. Slather the fragrance-free formula on your face and body for no-frills after-sun care.
Clinique Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe, $29.00 Buy

Dr. Babor Hyaluron Cream

Patricia Giles, esthetician and beauty director at SKINNEY Medspa, says that, if preserving moisture is your mission, hyaluronic acid should be the first ingredient you reach for. "Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its water weight and draws water to the skin's surface," she says. " She swears by this moisturizer with HA and peptides to keep you hydrated long after you leave the sun.
Doctor Babor Hyaluron Cream, $69.00 Buy

Mario Badescu After Sun Cooling Gel

Aloe vera is the star ingredient in many after-sun treatments, but this has even more key players, like rosehip extract and menthol to cool and hydrate skin that's sensitive after sun exposure.
Mario Badescu After Sun Cooling Gel, $14.00 Buy

isClinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion

Tina Marie Wright, a licensed aesthetician with Pomp, recommends adding this moisturizer to your skin-care routine — especially after a beach day. "This has copper peptides, which are known for their healing and reparative properties," she says.
iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion, $95.00 Buy

Bynacht Reverse Sun Radical Recovery Serum

There's something about coming home from a long, lazy day at the beach that just makes you want to go to bed — like, immediately. After you've showered off the sand but before your head hits the pillow, smooth this regenerating serum onto a freshly washed face and let the combination of soothing aloe and supercharged collagen-boosting actives work its magic while you sleep.
Bynacht Reverse Sun Radical Recovery Serum, $310.00 Buy
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