Apply SPF in advance, moisturize afterwards, these are the ways to protect yourself against the harmful effects of the sun. (Check which SPF protection is right for your skin here) Feeling hothothot? Then applying a generous layer of after-sun seems like the best option to cool and hydrate your skin, or does a nourishing body lotion work just as well?
AFTER THE SUN... AFTER-SUN!
Has your skin had to deal with a lot of sun? Then applying after-sun is no unnecessary luxury, sunburned or not. A good after-sun cools and restores your skin, but also makes sure that the heat leaves your body. So say goodbye to that 'burning feeling' because of the abundance of little miss sunshine. The hydrating effect of after-sun brings your water balance back to normal, restores the skin barrier and prevents peeling. With other words: your tan will last longer thanks to this wonder product.
A BODY LOTION OR JUST AFTER-SUN?
What does after-sun have that your nourishing body lotion can't offer you? Cooling. While your favorite body lotion only keeps your body hydrated, after-sun is specially made to keep your skin cool as well as hydrated. The often airy texture is also packed with ingredients that repair your skin after sun exposure, which your body lotion lacks. So you better use after-sun, especially if you're badly burned. Don't have this at home? Then, your body lotion will certainly help you out.
WHAT SHOULD I PAY ATTENTION TO WHEN CHOOSING MY AFTER-SUN?
Whether you choose a refreshing gel, lotion, oil or foam... make sure your after-sun contains plenty of antioxidants. Ingredients like aloe vera, vitamin E, green tea... neutralize free radicals, the harmful substances that are released during exposure to the sun and damage your skin. So if you go out for a day of sunbathing, be sure to apply after-sun to nourish, soothe and moisturize your skin again.
HOW TO USE AFTER-SUN?
After the sun, of course. If possible, jump under a lukewarm shower to rinse off dirt, sand, sweat and sunscreen residue. After drying your skin, generously apply your favorite after-sun cream and let it soak in. TIP: For an extra cool effect, you can store it in your refrigerator.
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