Despite the fact that sunscreens are very important to apply before sun exposure, what we do tend to forget is the use of after-sun products to soothe the skin after exposing it to the ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
After-sun products are skincare products that are great for soothing the skin when it has been sunburnt, it replenishes and rejuvenates the skin barriers (which are known to hold the nutrients your skin needs to thrive). They also relieve pain, dryness and sensitivity, redness and inflammation, they rehydrate and moisturize the skin.
The truth about sunburnt skin you need to know is that the most careful of us still experience sunburn one way or the other in a lifetime. Sunburn is DNA damage that is irrevocable meaning when you get a sunburn it’s a forever scar and damage on the skin that can only be maintained with soothing moisturizing sun products that give symptomatic relief and overtime the visibility of the scar is reduced with improvement to the look and texture of the skin.
This is why we’ve come to this point that the use of sunscreens before exposing your skin to the sun is very important, avoiding excessive sun exposure is also a good habit to cultivate, wearing protective clothing is also advisable and finally, the use of an after-sun product to calm the skin after sun exposure will be a great investment for your skin.
After-sun products come in various formulations and the type of formulation they come in makes them the best on the market, some are gels, creams, sprays, serums, and lotions, the preference is all up to you and discerning what you think your skin really needs. It’s good to know they also contain skin-loving ingredients like aloe vera that’s known to soothe the skin, antioxidants like Vit C that protects and brighten the skin., essential oils that are high in antioxidants and prevent moisture loss e.t.c.
Opting for the lotion version of an after-sun product means going for a version with lighter consistency that will allow your skin to easily absorb it in the spring-summer to the early autumn season, while the cream version makes sense for the winter season because they’re heavier, the gel version is great for oily & sensitive skin because they’re not too light or too heavy and do not leave a greasy residue on the skin that can block the pores and finally the serum version means they contain active ingredients at a percentage that will intensely and comprehensively treat the skin
After-sun lotions are not moisturisers, in as much as moisturisers can help prevent your skin from water loss after sunburn, the use of after-sun products will help prevent your skin from trapping heat after sunburn due to its high water content.