We get it—everyone can benefit from a healthy glow. In fact, vitamin D is straight up good for you. But every now and then that all too familiar uncomfortable burn creeps in…that’s right kids, the dreaded sunburn. Whether you fell asleep poolside or just accidentally forget to reapply midday at the beach, don’t let a little raw skin get you down! Hydrate, soothe and start the slow heal with one of these eight products that’ll repair your skin lickety split and keep you comfy.
Yo! Reminder! There is no substitute for protecting yourself before the burn, so don’t forget a hefty amount of SPF and continue applying throughout the day. While sunburn is annoying in the moment, skin cancer is like, the capital R capital D, Real Deal, so it’s also better to protect than to heal. So grab that sunblock, get your wide-brimmed hat, and step into the hot shade this summer.
But for accidents, start with...
1. Murad Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum
This isn’t just your average skincare line: Murad is scientifically-proven, developed by dermatologists and tested on humans, so you can be confident that it could work for your raw skin. (This is step three in Murad’s redness therapy line, so invest a few minutes to investigate the rest of the products to see if this is for you. If you want hydrated, strong skin, then it could be worth the investment.)
Simply apply Murad’s serum to your face, neck, and chest for a soothing, cooling sensation to alleviate those uncomfortable burns and irritation. Then, follow with your favorite SPF.
2. Dr. Jart+ Every Sun Day Soothing Gel
Tip: Store this in the fridge for double the cooling effect after a few hours in the sun. The formula is made of 81% aloe vera extract and 10% cypress water (versus regular old H2O), which adds an extra layer of hydration. And it’s not only for annoying sunburns, either: Use Dr. Jart+’s for everyday irritation from acne to wind burn, or just for a refreshingly cool feel. This gel is also free of 10 harmful ingredients, including parabens and sulfate-based surfactants, so you can feel pretty good about slathering this all over your face, neck, and chest.
3. Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe Vera
If you’re suffering from sunburn on your face and body, stock up on Clinique’s After Sun Rescue Balm. The soothing solution provides much-needed repair after hours in the rays while also giving you the cooling effect of aloe vera. Use the fragrance-free lotion throughout the day as needed, and consider following up with Clinique’s broad spectrum SPF.
4. Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist
It’s called the “beach bag must-have” for a reason! When you need instant relief in a pinch, grab Farmaesthetics’ soothing spray that you can douse your face and body with a press of the finger. The mist is paraben-free, silicone-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free, and fragrance-free—all you have here is aloe vera juice, witch hazel, essential oils and lecithin. Users claim it does more than soothe that annoying hot burn: It can relieve itching and skin irritation. Oh, and it comes in a super-chic glass bottle that you won’t be embarrassed to carry around 24/7 this summer.
5. COOLA Suncare Environmental Repair Plus Calm Glow Eye Gel
If your eyes need a little extra repair—can we just ban dark circles and wrinkles forever, please?—grab a calming eye gel like COOLA’s. The oil-free formula not only soothes tired, dehydrated eyes and reduces redness and inflammation, but it also adds an extra layer of protection when your regular moisturizer isn’t enough. It’s made with rose water (soothes and hydrates), rye seed extract (promotes elasticity and collagen production), black currant extract (reduces inflammation) and linseed extract (a shield to irritants). Like Dr. Jart+, put this in the fridge for a doubly cooling effect.
6. COOLA Suncare Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion
It’s the facial and skincare addition to your cooling eye gel. Slather this lotion all over for post-sun relief. Even better, it has added SPF protection so it protects while healing. Lavender oil helps repair skin while agave and aloe vera soothe and shield.
7. Burt’s Bees After Sun Soother
We’re officially obsessed with coconut oil. It hydrates hair, skin, and even acts as a natural makeup remover, which is partially why we always carry Burt’s Bees’ after sun soother in our totes—it’s relatively cheap and full of coconut oil and natural aloe to hydrate irritated skin. Use it whether you have an annoying burn or not—the non-greasy formula will keep your skin silky smooth year round.
8. Kate Blanc Aloe Vera Gel
There's nothing quite like the classic aloe vera, right? Kate Blanc’s soothing, cooling cream is similar to the green gel of your childhood but in a much more appealing lotion. It'll still relieve those raw burns while hydrating and healing at the same time. You won't be embarrassed to keep this stand-by in your medicine cabinet!
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