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Best After Sun Lotion

The old saying might be “It’s summertime and the living is easy” but it’s certainly not easy on your skin. It’s the season where basking in the sun at the beach or pool is the norm, and tans are almost inevitable. But sometimes even if you are applying sunscreen every single day, it may not be sufficient to complete your skin care routine, especially if you live in desert regions where excessive sun exposure is prevalent in the summer season.

We've narrowed down some of the best products to apply after sun exposure in order to protect and moisturize in even the hottest temperatures. Post-exposure products help soothe and re-hydrate your skin to keep you glowing and healthy as well as preserve your golden tan. These five after-sun lotions were chosen because they contain natural moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera and papaya, are non-greasy for easy application and are created by trusted skincare brands like Clinique, Clarins and Burt's Bees.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion

Everyone’s heard of Hawaiian Tropic brand at one point or another whether it’s the infamous bikini contest or their vast array of trustworthy sun products. This delicious-smelling lotion is the first and only after-sun product with ribbons of gel and lotion intertwined to make your skin feel velvety smooth and reinvigorated. The silk proteins and shea butter moisturizes the skin for up to 24 hours while aloe cools your skin upon contact. This may sound like a super heavy product but the lotion is lightweight and non-greasy with a coconut papaya fragrance to die for.

Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe

Clinique is a more upscale brand sold in department stores, known for simple yet refined skin products for years. This ultra-moisturizing balm with soothing aloe is highly rated for it non-acnegenic, oil-free formula suitable for the face as well as the body. Not only does it help prevent sun damage and minimizes any apparent peeling, but the soothing aloe content immediately makes your skin feel refreshed. It’s a little pricier, but definitely worth it.

Burt's Bees After Sun Soother, Aloe and Linden Flower

Burt’s Bees is a favorite drugstore brand, providing lightweight, non-greasy products which moisturize with unique natural elements and their Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother is no different. The intensely rich formula absorbs fast and restores the skin’s natural barrier to prevent moisture loss with coconut oil, bee pollen and glycerin. It calms and cools your skin after a long day in the sun, and also packed with soothing natural aloe vera and linden extract. The result is super soft smooth skin and it’s a bargain at under $10.

Alba Botanica Replenishing Kona Coffee Hawaiian After-Sun Lotion

Alba is known for its all-natural products which are also 100 percent vegetarian. If this is what you’re looking for and you’re also a fan of natural coffee aroma then this product is for you. Chock full of organic coffee, the natural acids from the bean help stimulate circulation as well as soften skin while the caffeine neutralizes free radicals from sun exposure. There’s also green tea and botanical emollients which hydrate and nourish damaged skin while the exotic coffee aroma is an instant pick-me-up. With a price tag of around $11, it’s a “natural” steal.

Ultra Clarins After Sun Moisturizer Ultra-Hydrating

Clarins has made a good name for itself with soothing, gentle yet effective skin care products, and this refreshing moisturizer targets a lot of issues arising from sun exposure. Smooth this cooling gel on your body after sun exposure and it will immediately reduce redness caused by heat and the sun. The appearance of fine lines are reduced, your skin is nourished with botanical extracts, and the formula also extends the life of your tan and smoothes your skin texture.

Lauren Wise
Over the past 10 years, I have held such titles as Managing Editor at the international Runway magazine (yes, like in "The Devil Wears Prada", and Editor at Where Phoenix+Scottsdale magazine, Where Denver magazine, and Where Tucson magazine. At all of these publications, I routinely reviewed new beauty, style and fashion products on the market, as well as sampled hundreds of brands. I love organic products with as little additives as possible, and absolutely cannot live without my philosophy shampoos (an Arizona beauty brand, of course), Burt's Bees night face cream, Sally Hansen magnetic nail polishes, Obagi toner and Elta|MD face sunscreen. I stay up-to-date on the newest beauty and health products in order to provide a better way of life for myself and readers with products that range from simple and healthy to edgy and daring.
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