We all love soaking in some summer sun—especially after what seemed like an eternal winter. One thing we don’t love, though, is the dry, stinging sensation that follows a lazy day at the beach. While sun care is imperative (we’re serious, pack that sunscreen!), make sure you’re armed with these after-sun essentials to soothe, protect and keep your skin glowing long after you’ve left the sand behind.
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Formulated with morikue protein that helps restore weakened hair, this intensive hair mask is amazing after a long day in the sun. It's infused with lots of luxurious plant oils that keeps sun-exposed hair moisturized, conditioned, and protected against free radicals all summer long.
(Aveda Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque, $27, aveda.com)
Famous for their natural approach to beauty, the Yes to Cucumber collection has a soothing after-sun skin care product that you need to pick up immediately. This after-sun serum is formulated with sea kelp, green tea, and aloe to soothe and nourish skin that has had a bit too much fun in the sun. And just when you think it can't get any better, it does: it also contains mica, a natural mineral powder used to reflect light and add shimmer, to keep your skin glowing long after you've left the beach.
(Yes to Cucumbers Natural After-Sun Serum with Shimmer, $10, yestocarrots.com)
The Supergoop! Fusion Lip Balm with SPF 30+ combines the moisturizing benefits of shea butter with the strength of the acai to keep your lips hydrated and protected from harmful UV rays. Available in 2 flavors (acai and mint) and enhanced with a sheer pink tint, this balm will keep your perfect pout protected and looking gorgeous.
(Supergoop! Fusion Lip Balm with SPF 30+, $8.50, supergoop.com)
Sun Bum's 100% vegan aloe spray is the perfect antidote for a long, lazy day in the sun. The convenient spray has the cooling effects of cucumber and aloe for hydrated, happy skin. The lightweight formula quickly absorbs and can even prevent peeling. Major plus? We think so.
(Sun Bum 'Cool Down' Original Spray Aloe Vera, $11.99, trustthebum.com)
This dual-purpose product is the perfect addition to your post-sun regime. You can use it as a pre-shampoo treatment on parched hair (make sure to wash out thoroughly after!), as a styling product to tame fly-aways, to restore moisture to dry ends, and even as a nourishing post-shower body moisturizer. Now THAT'S a multi-tasker that we can get behind!
(Phyto Phytoplage Sublime After Sun Hair & Body Oil, $40, sephora.com)
Recommended for both after-sun use and in dry conditions, Maui Babe's After Browning Lotion is said to enhance the longevity of your fake tan, all while locking in moisture and hydration. Formulated with macadamia nut oil and (you guessed it) aloe, this lotion heals sun, salt, and wind related damage, bringing you one step closer to being an actual bronzed goddess.
(Maui Babe After Browning Lotion Tan Enhancer and Healer, $12.49, ulta.com)
This soothing, melt-in gel moisturizer is a savior for skin drier than the Sahara desert. The water-based gel is formulated with shea butter to boost hydration, and mineral oil to lock-in moisture. Slather generously on face and body after a warm shower, then massage into skin to let it work its magic.
(La Roche-Posay Posthelios Melt-In Gel, $19, amazon.com)
This mineral-rich mist leaves the upper layers of the skin moisturized for a full 24 hours, limits skin irritation and reduces redness. Though this can be sprayed directly onto the skin after sun-exposure, we suggest spraying the product into your palm and applying it to dehydrated areas for concentrated relief.
(La Prairie Soothing After Sun Mist For Face and Body, $90, laprairie.com)
True story: yogurt contains lots of probiotics and enzymes that naturally help skin heal. Korres Yogurt Cooling Gel harnesses all the natural benefits of yogurt and combines them with several natural oils to create an ultra-cooling cream gel that can be used on either face or body. There are also no parabens, sulfates, or synthetic dyes, which makes this amazing for people with sensitive skin, and brings instant relief to sore, sun-parched skin.
(Korres Yogurt Cooling Gel, $26, sephora.com)
The perfect accompaniment to your summer cocktail of choice (seriously, this stuff smells like a piña colada!), this budget-friendly after-sun moisturizer can be found at drugstores nationwide. A blend of shea and cocoa butters makes for an unbelievably hydrating concoction that helps replenish skin that's dried out a little TOO much.
(Hawaiian Tropic Lime Coolada After Sun Moisturizer, $7.29, drugstore.com)
Founded by two New Yorkers with a love for long, lazy summer days spent in the Hamptons, Hampton Sun is a skin care and fragrance line inspired by those oh-so-famous city getaways. Their oil-free aloe misting spray is infused with antioxidant vitamin E and menthol to calm irritated skin and provide needed moisture.
(Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Hydrating Aloe, $28, sephora.com)
For babes on a budget, Evian's Mineral Water Spray is perfection. This instantly hydrating mist provides quick relief in extremely dry conditions and is perfect to use all over your face and body. We love putting this in the fridge a few hours before use for an extra refreshing, cooling boost.
(Evian Mineral Water Spray, $18, sephora.com)
Though suggested for application directly after sun exposure, this balm can also be used as a post-shower moisturizer. Try using a dry brush to exfoliate dull skin before showering, and then apply the balm after for truly soft summer skin.
(Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm With Aloe, $23, clinique.com)
This soothing lotion is packed with coconut oil, bee pollen, and glycerin to help keep skin hydrated and glowing. Its featured ingredient—linden extract—is said to hold antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to help calm irritated skin. You can even use it on both face and body (score!) for skin that stays hydrated without producing excess oil.
(Burt's Bees Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother, $10, burtsbees.com)
We love a good dip in the ocean, but dread the inevitably dry, sea salt-damaged tresses that come with it. This product is made to help with that sticky situation. This moisturizing creme-based hair formula is infused with sunflower oil to nourish your locks without leaving them weighed down or flat (an annoying problem we often have with conditioner).
(Fekkai Après Soleil Crème 4oz, $20, fekkai.com)