Secrets of a Sexy, Safe Tan
Soothing Post-Sun Protection
Sometimes, despite your best intentions, a day in the sun can wreak havoc on your skin, leaving it looking and feeling less than desirable. "Skin responds to sun damage with redness, tenderness, inflammation, and dryness," explains S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD, a Miami-based dermatologist. "Depending on your skin tone, damage can begin occurring in as little as five minutes." She adds that while skin does naturally repair itself, this protective function decreases with age and accumulated damage. Help your skin help itself with after-sun products, which are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C or E that combat free radicals. Other ingredients to look for include shea butter, which has moisturizing benefits, and soothing aloe vera or lavender oil, which are excellent for alleviating inflammation. Not only do these ingredients feel great on irritated, flushed skin, but before long, your skin will be back to its original soft, smooth, even-toned state.Our Sun-Repairing Picks
- Kiss My Face After Sun Aloe Soother, $6, contains moisturizing aloe vera and anti-inflammatory Yucca-glauca root to hydrate and calm irritated skin.
- Decleor Aromessence After-Sun Balm (Face), $37, is designed for use on the face and includes hydrating avocado oil and relaxing Roman chamomile oil.
- Guinot Apres Soleil Fraicheur, $25, helps calm redness and irritation thanks to nourishing antioxidants, plus soothing heliotropine, moisturizing shea butter, and anti-inflammatory mother-of-pearl.
- Ocean Potion Instant Burn Relief Cool Mint Body Wash, $6.49, features Questice, a type of menthol that helps relieve pain and redness.
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