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Sunscreen, shades and sandals are essentials almost everyone remembers to pack for a day at the beach. But we'd like to make a strong case for adding another item to your load: an after-sun product.
Aloe vera and cucumbers are great natural sunburn treatments, but there are plenty of after-sun body lotions, lip balms and sprays made with ingredients that soothe red, peeling and irritated skin, and hydrate dry and frizzy hair.
"After-sun products will not reverse the sun's damage to your skin of course, but they do help to lock in moisture and restore the dead skin cells, aiding in new skin cell turnover," says board-certified dermatologist Michael Shapiro.
You should apply after-sun products immediately after over-exposure to the sun and then again up to three times daily, according to Shapiro. "The creams or gels can be refrigerated for extra relief to the skin when applying, and should be rubbed into the skin gently," he says.
Once you've bathed, the dermatologist also recommends putting on after-sun products to rehydrate the skin. And be sure to replenish lost moisture to your hair by coating strands in an after-sun moisturizer.
Leaving home without wearing sunscreen is never a good idea. But just in case you do, below are 11 after-sun products that will help to treat and repair your skin and hair.
Korres After Sun Greek Yoghurt Cooling Gel, $26, korresusa.com
. This face and body product provides instant relief to sore and tender parts with its yogurt and sweet almond oil formula.
Badger After Sun Balm, $10, bigelowchemists.com
. The tropical scent and nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, olive and jojoba make this an ideal conditioning cream for sunburned skin.
Fekkai Après Soleil Crème, $20, lordandtaylor.com
. It only takes a small dollop of this lightweight moisturizer to hydrate dry, brittle and frizzy locks.
FIG + Yarrow Complexion Water, $34, figandyarrow.com
. A few spritzes of this rose, sandalwood and neroli blended water will quench your skin.
Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair, $22, osmiaorganics.com
. Sunburned lips are the absolute worst. Swipe on this honey, myrrh and lanolin balm to help speed up the healing process.
Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Treatment Mask, $83, aromatherapyassociates.com
. This brand has a complete line dedicated to calming and comforting products that are perfect for after-sun care. But this treatment mask stands out with its deeply moisturizing formula that penetrates the skin's barrier.
Burt's Bees After Sun Soother, $10, burtsbees.com
. People with fair skin who burn easily can worry less by smoothing on this product.
Sachajuan Hair After The Sun, $32, barneys.com
. While you can rinse out this hair product, we recommend leaving it in to get all of that moisturizing goodness.
Mustela After Sun Spray, $15, nordstrom.com
. Free of parabens, alcohol and colorant, this spray is ideal for treating super dry skin.
Dermalogica After Sun Repair, $33, dermalogica.com
. The gel-like consistency of this product will feel great when applied after a bath or shower.
Jurlique After Sun Replenishing Moisturising Lotion, $36, sephora.com
. Apply this after-sun treatment from head to toe.