No one likes painful, red sunburned skin, that’s why I’ve created a list of some amazing lotions to treat sunburn, should you ever find you’ve over-exposed your skin to the sun’s harmful rays this summer! These lotions to treat sunburn are some of the better ones out there on the market today and they’ll not only help to soothe, moisturize and heal your skin, but they'll prevent future peeling and work to prolong your tan, making your skin look gloriously hydrated this summer. Here's a list of amazing after care lotions to treat sunburn.
1 Burt’s Bees Aloe and Linden Flower after Sun Soother
I love Burt’s Bees products and this particular version of the many lotions to treat sunburn is great for targeting over-exposed skin because of the Aloe Vera and linden flower extract. It also contains my favorite coconut oil, some vegetable glycerin and bee pollen, giving it that added moisturizing boost. Linden flower has long been used in herbal teas and also herbal medicine tinctures to help reduce inflammation. Priced at $10 for 177ml, this product is available from most pharmacies and Burt’s Bees’ stockists.
2 Banana Boat CoolZone after Sun Aloe Gel with Lidocaine
Banana Boat is a brand synonymous with sun-care products in the States and this blue gel provides instant cooling relief, perfect if you’ve spent a long day exposed to the sun (and the wind). It’s non-sticky and contains both Lidocaine and Menthol, helping to cool your skin immediately and provide instant relief. Aloe Vera and Vitamin E replenish the skin’s hydration levels, making it feel softer and more moisturized. Priced at $6 for 220ml, this lotion is available from most pharmacies and supermarkets.
3 Nivea Sun Moisturizing after Sun Spray
I don’t always associate Nivea with sun-care products but they’ve really come up trumps in the last few years with their sun-care range. This particular after-sun product is easily absorbed into the skin and comes in an easy-to-apply bottle. Enriched with Aloe Vera, Vitamin B-5 as well as Vitamin E, this after-sun spray will not only moisturize and calm your skin, it will help to combat harmful free radicals, associated with UV sunlight. Priced at $12 for 200ml, you can find this at most pharmacies and even supermarkets.
4 Hawaiian Tropic Lime Coolada after Sun Moisturizer
This product looks like it smells great and it moisturizes too, with shea, mango and cocoa butters as well as Aloe Vera to help ease the burning sensation. This lotion is perfect for everyday use and will help sustain your tan and replenish the moisture lost from the environmental effects of the sun, water and wind. Priced at $7 for 474ml, you can find this product at most pharmacies and supermarkets.
5 Clinique after Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe
Although this is one of the more expensive lotions to treat sunburn out there, it really is uber-moisturizing and claims to soothe away any pain associated with sunburned skin, due to the Aloe Vera present in the balm. You can use this rescue balm to treat both your face and body, as it’s oil-free. Priced at $23 for 150ml, it is available from Clinique counters at most department stores as well as online at clinique.com.
6 Dermalogica after Sun Repair
This product is similar to Clinique’s After Sun balm, in that it is lightweight and non-greasy and will help to reduce the redness and calm any irritated sun- or wind-burned skin. It adds moisture (without the stickiness associated with gel products) and shortens the skin’s recovery time. You can use this balm as much as needed and it smells and feels great too! Tip: You can also use this balm after waxing your skin. Priced at $32 for 100ml, it’s available from selected beauty emporiums and spas that carry Dermalogica products. It’s also available from dermalogica.com.
7 Bach Flower Essence Rescue Remedy Cream
I left this cream for last as it can be used for any situation when you're in need of some immediate relief. It’s perfect for treating diaper rashes, bruises, sprains, bug bites as well as sun burns. Dr. Bach recommends using it even after an accident, emergency or any type of major crisis, and created a mixture of six Bach flower remedies into this rescue cream. If you haven’t tried this cream or any of his products before, it’s certainly worth giving them a shot. Priced at $20 for 50ml, it is available in cream, gel and balm format and you can find it in pharmacies and health food stores as well as directly from Bach Flower Remedies at bachflower.com.
Hopefully you won't have to use any of these lotions this summer, but if you do there's definitely a selection to choose from - whether you want a cream, gel or a spray, there's something on this list to suit. What are some after-sun lotions you'd recommend?