We get it, sunburns happen to the best of us. Even some of the most avid sunscreen wearers end up extra crispy after a day outdoors. Perhaps you knocked out for hours by the pool or maybe you were stuck somewhere extra sunny without your SPF stash to reapply.
That said, here you are scorched and looking for some relief from the itching, burning (sometimes chill-inducing) aftermath of a bad sunburn. It's important to soothe and treat the skin asap to get some much-needed hydration in order to avoid the dreaded peel. We've compiled some of our favorite skin-soothers that are perfect after-sun treatments for taming a bad burn. Most of these products are great for dry or sensitive skin and have multiple benefits so you don't end up using them only when you have a sunburn. Peek ahead for some of our favorites and stock up for the warm, sunny months to come. You know, just in case.
Smooth on this plant-based gel moisturizer post-sunburn and instantly feel the soothing, cooling effects. Aloe, lavender and clary sage help to heal and calm the damaged skin, while superstar hyaluronic acid brings a surge of moisture to the skin. If you like lightweight moisturizers, try this one for sure — the lightweight formula sinks in quickly and leaves skin so soft, smooth, and with a delicate, natural lavender scent.
This is one calming body oil you'll want to keep on hand this summer (and all year round.) It contains an antioxidant-rich blend of herbs as well as coconut, jojoba, olive and sweet almond oils to heal and hydrate your sun-lovin' bod. What makes this one a bit different is the addition of aloe and arnica (a botanical that is super effective for reducing inflammation and redness as well as healing sunburns and other maladies). The oil itself is non-greasy and sinks right into skin, instantly alleviating that tight, dry feeling that results from a sunburn and we love the light, fresh, herbal scent.
This incredibly gentle, hydrating mist was originally intended for clients who had just received an intense peel or facial. It's full of soothing and hydrating (and deliciously scented) ingredients like cucumber, cantaloupe, aloe and rose that your skin will drink right up. Chamomile oil helps combat hyperpigmentation and sun damage, while witch hazel is an anti-inflammatory and aqua carpatica spring water helps to balance the skin's pH levels. Spritz it on after cleansing, use as a makeup setting spray or mist all over after a sunburn for some plump, hydrated and seriously soothed skin.
Add some much-needed moisture to dry (or sunburnt) skin with this calming gel mask. Apply a thin layer and relax for 10 to 20 minutes. It also contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate, smooth and plump fine lines plus red algae and aloe vera add moisture and promote healing. It's lightly scented, formulated with natural ingredients and is a great way to cool off on a hot day.