5 Skincare Tips to Try After a Long Day Outside in the Sun

July 20, 2022
Kate Marin
By: Kate Marin | skincare.com by L'Oréal
5 Post-Sun Skin-Care Tips to Try

Whether you’re spending time walking outside in the park or sitting in your backyard, harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun can have an impact on your skin. Think: dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and in extreme cases, skin cancer. Not to mention, harmful environmental aggressors, like pollution, can also wreak havoc on your skin. So, after a day of prolonged sun exposure, it’s necessary to give your skin some TLC so it can stay healthy and happy.

From cleansing to sheet-masking, find five easy tips that’ll help you take care of your skin after a day spent outside in the sun.

TIP #1: Cleanse Away Impurities

After a long day spent outdoors, your skin could likely use a good cleanse. Often, sunscreens mixed with unavoidable summer sweat can leave your skin feeling sticky and gross. 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. We love the Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser with green tea, spinach and kale that helps boost brightness and promote more even skin.

TIP #2: Moisturize Your Skin

Excess sun exposure can be incredibly drying for the skin. After cleansing, add moisture back into your skin with a hydrating facial cream, like the CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen. Pro tip: Apply your moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp to help seal in the moisture. If you’re heading to bed, you may want to opt for a moisturizer without sunscreen, like the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Botanical Night Cream.

TIP #3: Reach for Aloe

Dealing with sunburn? Help soothe it with aloe vera. The gel not only helps hydrate the skin but also offers a cooling shield and sensation for temporary relief. Plus, it’s incredibly refreshing. Try the Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream formulated with aloe juice extract.

TIP #4: Use a Hydrating Sheet Mask

If you’re looking for extra hydration, reach for the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Hydrating Sheet Mask. The formula offers a cooling sensation to the skin and provides an extra boost of moisture. To use, press the mask onto clean skin, sit back and relax. After 15 minutes, remove the mask and massage any remaining serum into the skin. 


TIP #5: Give Back to Your Lips

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 the Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm to protect and soothe a dry, uncomfortable pout.

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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