The Best After-Sun Skin Care, According to You
After a long summer in the sun, take care of your skin with these community favorites
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This week, we scanned Amazon’s bestseller list for the top after-sun skin care, then pulled the best, most authoritative reviews for each.
Burt’s Bees Aloe and Coconut Oil After-Sun Soother ($4)
“This is a light, nongreasy after-sun lotion without a strong scent. I use it for a daily moisturizer, not just for after sun. I have always bought it locally before but have had difficulty locating it in brick-and-mortar stores lately. Thanks, Amazon, the price is right and the shipping is fast. I highly recommend.”
Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After-Sun Lotion ($12)
“Amazing! I used this lotion on our trip to Florida last week. I burned in a few places the first day, and this felt so good on my skin. I used it every evening, and I had no peeling or itchy, dry skin. It feels super good just using it after going in the ocean as the saltwater sometimes leaves an itchy-feeling film on your body. Plus, it’s gluten- and paraben-free! This is my new everyday lotion.”
Solar Recover Save Your Skin Every Day Moisturizer ($14)
“This moisturizer is probably one of my very favorite products ever. Let me tell you, I have used a lot of products, ranging from moisturizers to sun care, and this stuff is actual magic. I’m not kidding. I have tan olive skin, and I still manage to peel each and every time I burn. It’s inevitable, but this stuff literally prevents peeling 99 percent of the time for me.”
SunBurnt Advanced Sun Recovery After-Sun Gel ($7)
“I went to a water park and forgot to put sunscreen on for the entire day. (I know, terrible decision-making!) However, this lotion saved my tail, literally. After applying the lotion twice a day (once in the morning and once at night), I only had a small amount of peeling on the middle of my spine at the top of my back. This stuff is incredible!”
Alba Botanica Hawaiian Kona Coffee After-Sun Lotion ($11)
“This is the best lotion ever for sunburns! I have tried everything throughout my life, and this lotion actually heals sunburns, not just soothes them. I have now been using this for about eight years, and I never peel after a sunburn. I wish I would have known about this lotion 40 years ago.”