There's More to Sun Care Than SPF

Carry the skin care you've been practicing all day into the evening with the best after-sun products for every possible issue. Your skin and hair will feel better, and your tan will last longer!

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For Hair

Sunlight accelerates the evaporation of your hair's natural oils often leaving it feeling (and looking, if you're particularly unlucky) like straw. Give your hair a hydrating boost with a powerful conditioning treatment.

 

Hair After the Sun by Sachajuan, $32, spacenk.com.
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This cream features what the brand calls an "ocean silk technology" to help revitalize sun-baked strands. Finger-comb a small amount through your hair and leave it in until your next wash.

Phytoplage After-Sun Recovery Mask by Phyto, $26, sephora.com.

Hair-mending Kerarice is this product's star ingredient. Apply it while showering and let it set for about five minutes, then rinse. The mask will bring shine back to sun-stressed hair by rebuilding the structure and protecting strands from future damage.  

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For Face

Discolored spots and dry patches are not a good look—achieve an even glow with these restorative face products. 

After Sun Lip Balm, $7, stream2sea.com.

Green tea and olive leaves come together to hydrate cracked, parched lips.

Fortifying Face Balm, $36, ursamajorvt.com.
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After cleansing your face, follow up with this balm that uses birch and aloe to bring down redness, as well as carrot extract, which contains wrinkle-fighting vitamin A. 

Bio-Enzymes Mask After-Sun by Talika, $12, dermstore.com.

Keep skin cool and calm by using this after-sun mask, which is packed with hyaluronic acid, chamomile, and arnica, a power trio that heals irritation and moisturizes, too.

For Hands

Hands are usually the first part of your body to show signs of aging, and exposure to sun doesn't make it any better. Practice a regular hydrating routine to help keep them smooth and supple. 

Sun Damage Repair for Décolletage and Hands, $60, askderm.com.
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Pro-niacin, the main ingredient in this cream, is great for combating hyperpigmentation and dehydrated skin. It can be used for moisturizing the delicate skin on your neck, too!

AHA Hand Crème with Evening Primrose by Lather, $18, lovelyskin.com.
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Slow down sun-induced signs of aging with alpha hydroxy acids—they help regenerate cells, which in turn makes skin appear brighter and more even.

For Body

The skin on your back, legs, and feet suffer from sun, too! Sure, the main incentive of using a moisturizer may be to restore skin's softness—but lotion can also lock in your tan, so if you use it you'll also be able to hang on to that golden glow a little while longer.  

After Sun Milk by Moroccanoil, $28, nordstrom.com.

If you're on the go and need some immediate relief from itching or burning, try this concoction of vitamin E (prevents scarring), aloe (cooling), and coconut oil (a.k.a. the ultimate skin reliever).

After-Sun Body Mist by Herbivore Botanicals, $20, spring.com.

When touching your skin causes a stinging sensation, forget about slathering creams onto it and treat with a mist instead. The aloe-rich formula is definitely one of the most refreshing items on this list!

Aloe After Sun Lotion by Banana Boat, $5, drugstore.com.

Speaking of aloe, a traditional plant-based aloe lotion is always a good staple product to have on hand all summer long. Use it in place of your normal moisturizer for a couple of days following sun exposure. 

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