How to Care for Your Skin After Sun Exposure
Summer activities can be fun for you and your friends, but the harsh conditions—think: sun, sand, salt water, chlorine—your skin is exposed to after a day spent lounging by the beach or splashing in the pool can be anything but. Broad Spectrum sunscreen is a given both before and during UV exposure, but what do you do once your sun-filled day comes to a close? Let’s face it: Between all that sun, wind and chlorine, our skin could certainly use a little pampering. Lucky for you, we’re sharing a few tips on how to keep your skin in tip-top shape after along day in the sun. From cleansing to sheet-masking, read on to discover how to care for your skin after prolonged sun exposure.
Cleanse Away Impurities
After a long day spent outdoors, your skin could likely use a good cleanse. Often, sunscreens mixed with the unavoidable summer sweat can leave your skin feeling less than pristine. But fear not! Cleansing helps remove any unwanted dirt, oil, and impurities on your skin’s surface. The result? Skin that looks (and feels) clean and comfortable! So go ahead and lather up with your favorite facial cleanser. Be sure to extend the cleansing love to your body skin while showering as well.
Moisturize Your Skin
What do sun, chlorine and other aggressors all have in common? Exposure can be incredibly drying for the skin. After cleansing and/or showering, add moisture back into your skin with a hydrating facial cream or body lotion. Do so while your skin is still slightly damp as this can help seal in all that much-needed moisture.
Try: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Rich Cream on your face, and La Roche-Posay Lipikar Body Milk on your body.
Editor’s note: Hydrate on the inside and keep dehydration at bay by drinking good ‘ol H20! If you slacked at the beach and didn’t drink as much water as you would have liked, be sure to do once you arrive home to reach the recommended amount per day.
Reach for Aloe Vera
Dealing with sunburn? Help soothe it with aloe vera. The gel not only helps hydrate the skin—it’s made up of 99% water!—but offers a cooling shield and sensation for temporary relief. It’s also incredibly refreshing, making it a must-have to give your skin a little TLC after some prolonged time in the sun!
Curious to discover more benefits of aloe vera? We go into detail about why aloe vera continues to rank as a star player in skin care, here!
Top tip: Store your aloe vera gel in the fridge for even more cooling relief! Your sun-kissed skin will appreciate it!
Get Comfy with a Sheet Mask
After a long day in the sun, we look forward to a cold shower, a pair of loose pajamas, and a relaxing night in. And what goes better with all that than a hydrating sheet mask? Not much, we’d argue! Reach for Garnier’s SkinActive Moisture Bomb Hydrating Sheet Mask. The formula can offer a cooling sensation to the skin and provide an extra boost of moisture. To use, press the mask onto clean skin, sit back and relax. After fifteen minutes, feel free to remove the mask and massage any remaining moisture into the skin. No need to rinse!
Give Back to Your Lips
Wearing a lip conditioner formulated with SPF when you’re out in the sun is a no brainer, but with so many other things going on it’s easy to forget to reapply. The result? Lips that look (and feel) worse for wear. If your lips are craving some moisture, the two steps you should take are exfoliating and hydrating—in that order. Start off your post-sun lip care routine with a lip scrub that can help buff away dead cells from skin’s surface. Follow up with a hydrating lip conditioner like Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 to protect and soothe a dry, uncomfortable pout.