With temperatures soaring this August Bank Holiday, most of us will be heading outdoors to take advantage of the hot weather. However, some will indulge a little too much and their skin will suffer. This means that no amount of sunblock will help, the skin is now damaged and you need an aftersun product to soothe and start the healing process.
There are lots of different aftersun products, from gels to cooling sprays, creams and lotions. We have chosen ones that not only soothe burning skin but kick-start cell renewal.
Specifically designed for sun-damaged skin, this is a gel that contains plant extracts including liquorice, and antioxidants which work together to cool, soothe and encourage cell regeneration. The product doesn’t contain any nasty irritants or perfumes so it is good for sensitive skin.
We’ve all heard of Hyaluronic Acid, which is usually used for antiaging, but this is a mist spray for very damaged skin that helps to prevent peeling as well as cooling down the affected areas. We like this spray as severely damaged skin can be too sore to touch and apply a cream or lotion.
It’s the moisturising glycerine that helps this after sun product sink easily into the skin. Ingredients include plant extracts such as ginkgo biloba leaf which reduce redness and nourishes dry and damaged skin.
Aloe vera is used in many skin products as it moisturises, soothes and softens very dry skin. This gel, although not specifically marketed for sun damage, will help sunburned skin to cool down and add nourishment.
Clarins’ after sun balm not only helps to cool down hot skin it also boosts cell renewal and can help to protect against further skin damage. It contains moisturising aloe vera and watermelon and cooling sunflower extract.