Fact: it's just as important to care for your skin before hitting the beach as it is after. Even if you religiously apply your SPF every few hours and rarely burn, the sun's UV rays can take a serious toll on your skin, especially if lounging at the beach is a regular weekend activity. Reaching for an aloe gel or your favorite moisturizer may seem like the obvious answer, but if the formula happens to include alcohol, it could be doing more harm than good. We put together a list of our favorite after-sun skin soothers to help restore any hydration lost at sea—shop each one below.
1. Moroccanoil After Sun Milk
Confession: the gardenia fragrance in Moroccanoil's spray-on moisturizer is so addictive, we often substitute it for our daily lotion.
Moroccanoil | $28
2. Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm
Aside from the cooling sensation it imparts on contact, we love how Clinique's do-it-all balm helps to minimize the post-burn peeling, and can be used on both the face and body.
Clinique | $25
3. Korres After Sun Greek Yoghurt Cooling Gel
If you subscribe to the school of Pinterest, you're probably well-versed in the art of mixing up a container of Greek yogurt to help soothe a stubborn burn. For the rest of us who aren't as skilled with DIY remedies, Korres's after-sun gel is a low-maintenance alternative.
Korres | $26
4. Jurlique Sun Specialist After-Sun Moisturizing Lotion
The ultra-rich blend of shea and mango butters help even the dryest patches revert back to a softer, more supple state, and the summery coconut fragrance certainly doesn't hurt.
Jurlique | $36
5. Phytoplage Sublime After Sun Oil
After covering your body in this silky oil, run a small amount through your hair to restore hydration and create a healthy shine.
Phyto | $40
6. Hempz After Sun Spray-On Cooling Gel
The sprayable formula allows you to target specific areas so that the aloe vera, hemp seed oil, and natural menthol can work their magic to calm down inflamed skin.
Hempz | $20
8. Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Moisturizer
Not unlike the lime-infused cocktail that shares its scent, Hawaiian Tropic's nourishing lotion is just as refreshing after a long beach day.
Hawaiian Tropic | $7