Summer skin care: 5 best after-sun products
Soak up too many of those oh-so-hot rays on the beach? We round up the top 5 summer skin care woes and remedies after you’ve been burned—literally.
Summer skin care repair #1: The beachside hangover
Post-sun care: You’ve spent the day lathered in SPF products and hitting the waves, then air-drying on your summery beach towel. Your next move? Rehydrate sun-dried skin and replenish the UV-protection to prevent sun damage.
TRY: Bioderma Photoderm After-sun ($25), available at drug stores across Canada.
Best for: Prolonging that smooth summer glow.
Sun care benefits: This lightweight after-sun face and body milk uses emollient and soothing active ingredients to keep that freshly bronzed look while soothing sun-burned and dry skin. Lather onto clean, dry skin after a day in the sun and reapply before heading to bed at night.
Summer skin care repair #2: The anti-aging and radiance-boosting two-pronged attack.
Post-sun care: So instead of achieving a healthy summer glow after lounging poolside all day, skin is tired, red—and unless you constantly replenished yourself with water (fruity cocktails don’t count)—as dehydrated as you are. Don’t stress. It’s been a long day, head to bed.
TRY: Glow by Dr. Brandt Overnight Resurfacing Serum (approx. $85), at Sephora and Sephora.com.
Best for: Dehydrated and dull skin in need of a seasonal overhaul.
Sun care benefits: Using a two percent active retinol complex, the time-released formula rejuvenates tired, dry skin and softens the appearance of wrinkles, enlarged pores and dryness. This retinol-enriched, paraben-free serum stimulates cell turnover while you sleep to wake up with fresh summer glow—without having ever stepped into the sun.
Summer skin care repair #3: The island-hopping care package
Post-sun care: You’ve packed your beach essentials for the long-weekend getaway but don’t have room to cart along your entire skin-cleansing regimen—day or night. Instead of stuffing full-sized bottles into your already stuffed-up beach bag, travel light with mini-versions of your daily summer beauty routine.
TRY: One Love Organics Essentials To Go travel kit ($68), available at freshfaced.ca.
Best for: On-the-go summer skin care maintenance.
Sun care benefits: Think of it as your adorable travel-sized dry skin grab bag: a gentle Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, Brand New Day Microderma Scrub & Masque enriched with milk peptide and pineapple enzymes to gently polish away dead skin cells; Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm to cleanse and condition dry skin; and a My New Best Friend Skin Shammy cloth to wipe away dirt, oil and sand.
For more of our Summer 2012 skin care picks to prevent sun damage, read on…
Summer skin care repair #4: Damage control
Post-sun care: You’ve committed yourself to sun protection this summer, including sporting a chic beach hat and opting for a faux glow instead of the real thing. Time to focus on repairing the pigmentation and fine lines from summers spent SFP and carefree.
TRY: SkinMedica Regeneration System (approx.$285), available at SkinMedica.com.
Best for: Targeted aging and UV-damage therapy
Sun care benefits: Some of your favourite summer-loving vitamins—A,C, E—geared solely for your skin. A trifecta of anti-aging and sunspot repair, this system includes the TNS Recovery Complex to smooth out and tone texture; the Vitamic C E Complex to firm up and fight free radicals; and the Vitamin A-enriched Tri-Retinol Complex to exfoliate away the sun-affected areas for a sunnier-looking complexion.
Summer skin care repair #5: The burn
Post-sun care: It happens: you coat yourself in a layer of sunscreen, don your favourite Marilyn-esque swimsuit and an airlight cover-up over top—just to be safe. And yet those warm summer rays came with a wrath and left a fiery burn on your still-pale skin.
TRY: Éminence Aloe Mint Hydrating Cream Gel (approx. $44), at select spas.
Best for: Calming the burn.
Sun care benefits: As liberally as you apply sunblock, lather on this cooling aloe vera and peppermint-infused gel to cease the burn and detoxify skin. Bonus? The marigold oil and combo of Coenzyme Q10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid helps to reduce wrinkles. Summer is back on!