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The Best After Sun Products

By Carly Cochrane -
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The arrival of British summer (albeit a bit delayed) will no doubt have us chasing the sun for as long as it's shining. And whilst we trust that you're being sensible with the sunscreen and reapplying every few hours, sometimes a little sunburn is inevitable, especially for those with paler, more sensitive skin.

Whether you're temporarily resembling a Drumstick Squashie or not though, it's important to look after your skin after sunbathing as well as during. That's where after sun comes in, and no we don't mean those big ol' tubs of aloe vera (although this is a good natural alternative). After sun creams and lotions are packed with hydrating, healing and soothing ingredients that your skin will appreciate after a day of fun in the sun. Not to mention, the majority of them are formulated to prolong your hard-earned golden tan.

Keep scrolling for the best after sun products for sun-exposed skin.

Evy Aftersun Mousse 150ml

Evy Aftersun Mousse

£17.60 £22.00 (20% off)

Sunburned, irritated or dehydrated skin will adore this unique mousse after sun formula as it targets the top layer of the skin rather than just the surface. Powered by a blend of aloe vera, melon and ginkgo biloba, it hydrates, cools and soothes skin for up to 12 hours.

Saltee Tan Enhance Formula Aftersun 200ml

Saltee Tan Enhance Formula Aftersun

£20.80 £26.00 (20% off)

This wonderfully soothing lotion calms the face and body after sun exposure as well as helping to restore moisture levels. The star ingredient is MelinOil that stimulates the skin's natural sun defences, preventing the development of photo-ageing to ensure a youthful look.

Caudalie Vinosun Protect Aftersun Repairing Lotion 200ml

Caudalie Vinosun Protect Aftersun Repairing Lotion

£15.99 £20.58 (23% off)

Slather on this after sun lotion to soothe hot sensations across the face and body. With a quick-absorbing, non-sticky texture, it provides instant relief from sun damage after exposure, ensuring that your glowing holiday tan lasts for up to two weeks.

Davines SU Aftersun 150ml

Davines SU Aftersun

£13.50 £21.50 (38% off)

This refreshing gel cream can be applied from top-to-toe to instantly soothe, moisturise and protect sun-exposed skin. The fruity, woody fragrance also makes it worth adding to your summer routine.

Avène Aftersun Lotion 200ml

Avène Aftersun Lotion

£12.00 £15.00 (20% off)

This gentle after sun lotion from Avéne is a saviour for sun-exposed, sensitive skin. The cool and fresh cream delivers immediate and intense hydration that lasts up to 48 hours. Skin that was once overheated and reddened now feels fresh, calm and comfortable.

Dr Hauschka Aftersun 150ml

Dr Hauschka Aftersun

£19.99 £25.00 (21% off)

Soothe your skin and help to maintain your tan with this light, easily absorbed cream from Dr Hauschka that refreshes your skin after sunbathing and prevents the chances of peeling.

Bondi Sands Hydra Aftersun Aloe Vera Cooling Foam 225ml

Bondi Sands Hydra Aftersun Aloe Vera Cooling Foam

£6.39 £8.99 (29% off)

We can always rely on Bondi Sands to come through with the sun and tanning products. Their Hydra Aftersun Aloe Vera Cooling Foam is infused with ethically sourced algae and aloe vera and serves up deep hydration and soothing after sun care.

Institut Esthederm Aftersun Repair Firming Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream

Institut Esthederm Aftersun Repair Firming Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream

£39.20 £49.00 (20% off)

Don't forget to snap up an after sun for your face, too. The Institut Esthederm Aftersun Repair has an innovative anti-ageing formula which combats fine lines and wrinkles, while also stimulating skin regeneration. In short, it's the exact kind of scientific pick-me-up that your skin will love.

Eucerin Sensitive Relief Aftersun Cream Gel 200ml

Eucerin Sensitive Relief Aftersun Cream Gel

£13.60 £17.00 (20% off)

If your skin is prone to allergies, then summer can be a uniquely trying period. Not only does the extended time outside mean increased exposure to all sorts of potential irritants, but the formulas you slather on can actually become part of the problem. That's why Eucerin devised this cream-gel, which combines a plant-derived antioxidant with liquorice extract to offer a natural way of regenerating skin.

Ultrasun Aftersun Tan Booster 150ml

Ultrasun Aftersun Tan Booster

£22.28 £24.73 (10% off)

This fast-absorbing, non-greasy, non-sticky after sun gel ensures that you're able to prolong your post-holiday glow. As well as nourishing, soothing and cooling your complexion, it contains 2% DHA Plus in order to boost your natural tan without the tell-tale fake tan smell.

Nuxe SUN Refreshing Aftersun Lotion For Face & Body 200ml

Nuxe SUN Refreshing Aftersun Lotion For Face & Body

£19.89 £22.08 (10% off)

This beauty is designed to nourish and protect skin after sun exposure and guaranteed to support your skin's general well-being. With fine ingredients such as Tahitian gardenia, sweet orange and vanilla, this alcohol-free, fruity lotion rewards all of your senses.

Bioderma Photoderm After-Sun Soothing Gel-Cream 200ml

Bioderma Photoderm After-Sun Soothing Gel-Cream

£10.52 £15.00 (30% off)

This soothing after-sun gel-cream is for the face and the body and soothes the feeling of overheating after sun exposure, all while enhancing that tan you've grafted for.

The British summer is a little hit-and-miss, so go out and make the most of the sun whilst it's here. Enjoy yourself, apply your SPF and remember to keep a little of your favourite after sun handy.

And if that sun doesn't shine? Well, you can always check out our list of the best fake tans.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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