Last summer was unusually warm for Britain. Not only did we have a particularly long heatwave, but it was also officially the joint hottest summer on record for the UK as a whole, while temperatures in England beat the previous hottest record of 1976. As Britain braces itself for another scorching summer this year, sun protection has never been more significant. However, while it’s essential to ensure you apply enough sunscreen before exposing your skin to the sun, it’s also important to take care of it after sun exposure. That’s why we’ve created a list of the top three ways that aftersun helps your skin.
Cools and soothes your skin
Most people learn about the importance of sun protection the hard way when they return from a day at the beach with hot, painful, itchy skin. While the temptation is to just have a cold shower and crawl into bed, it’s essential to leave aftersun on your skin overnight. This will cool and soothe your skin and prevent you from scratching it. Our Cooling Effect After Sun Gel contains Menthol and provides a dramatic cooling effect when you apply it on your skin. It also contains the anti-irritant Iricalmin, which gives you instant pain relief.
Hydrates your skin
Even if you’re careful in the sun and don’t get sunburnt, you will still need to apply aftersun to rehydrate your skin. Prolonged exposure to the sun causes water to evaporate from the skin and leaves it feeling dry and flaky. While it’s good to drink lots of water when you’re in the sun, you should also apply aftersun when you’re indoors to help restore your skin’s natural moisture balance. Our Aloe Vera After Sun Gel contains Aloe Vera extracts that moisturise your skin and leave it feeling noticeably softer and smoother. Aloe Vera is known as the “burn plant” as it forms a protective layer over burned and peeling skin, gently soothing and hydrating it.
Prolongs your tan
While aftersun is generally used to relieve painful sunburn, it also enables you to keep that sun-kissed glow long after the sun is gone. The key to making your tan last longer is moisturising your skin every day. While you might think that rich body butters or face creams would be the best option for keeping your skin hydrated, moisturising from head to toe with aftersun will leave your skin soft and supple, which will help maintain your summer glow. Our After Sun Lotion contains Aloe Vera and special moisturisers, which relieve your dry and dehydrated skin and help prolong your natural tan.
It’s essential to remember to apply sunscreen when you’re enjoying a day in the sun, but it’s also vital to use aftersun in the evenings to not only soothe and moisturise your skin but also to maintain your summer tan.