Along with your swimsuit, shades and sunscreen, there’s one more must-have thing you should bring with you to the beach — and that’s after-sun lotion.
The unfamiliar cousin of SPF, after-sun lotions are designed to treat sunburns and sooth irritation caused by over-heated skin.Whether or not you’re prone to sunburns or just want to protect and set your glowing holiday tan, here are the seven best lotions you need to pack for your next vacation.
Customer Review: “The day after I bought this, I got the worst sunburn so far in my adult life - my entire backside was lobster red and beginning to raise/swell. Peeling and even blistering seemed imminent. I slathered [it] on, went to bed, and in the morning was shocked to see the burn had almost entirely gone away. I'm still flushed, but no pain and definitely will not be peeling. I can't believe it.”
Shop it: $35, Shoppers Drug Mart
Customer Review: “This has saved my skin after a long day of wearing wet suits, I like to use this right out of the ocean and the whipped body crème right before bed. The gelée is amazing and it makes you feel as if your skin took a drink of water. As always, the smell attracts a lot of positive attention.”
Shop it: $45, Nordstrom
Customer Review: “My favourite aloe gel. It helps a lot when you have sunburn, acne or itchy skin. I used this product for many years, highly recommended!”
Shop it: $24, The Body Shop
Customer Review: “I first purchased this After Sun Enhancer prior to leaving for a trip to the Gulf of Mexico before the summer season. I can’t believe how great it feels on my skin after showering. It seems to keep my tan longer than normal, and it helps prevent peeling (I have sensitive skin with freckles). My skin feels nourished and it looks amazing on the skin. I have since purchased a second tube of this remarkable moisturizer to get me through the summer. It gives the skin a slight glow!”
Shop it: $189, Nordstrom
Customer Review: “This is an amazing product that does wonders at soothing sore and sunburnt skin. It creates a cooling and soothing sensation that makes it an absolute pleasure to apply after a day in the sun. My partner has very pale skin and burns easily, so he was slathering himself in this after going in the sun. It helped the burn heal and also helped the tan set in. It smells great — I would recommend for both men and women.”
Shop it: $10, Amazon
Customer Review: “I'm not super big on the scent, but it is light and fresh. Would I go out and purchase this for when I run out for next summer? YES. The fact that this after sun milk isn't tacky or sticky is a huge sell for me. When you burn your skin it still needs to breathe, so slapping on some thick cream can hold sunburn heat in. So in my experience holding in the heat with a thick cream makes your sunburn feel worse and your body more hot than you were before. So this fast absorbing, moisturizing sun milk is amazing.”
Shop it: $29, Shoppers Drug Mart
Customer Review: “It’s like PopRocks on your skin — it’s crackles as you spread it over your skin. But it’s quite soothing and cooling on burnt skin. Brought this with me to the Bahamas and it definitely helped keep my skin moisturized and the scent was great.”
Shop it: $31, Sephora
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