Post-Sun Skin Care: Soothing and Caring for Your Skin After Sun Exposure

After a day spent basking in the sun, it’s important to give your skin some extra love and care. Sun exposure can leave your skin feeling dry and irritated, and sometimes damaged and sunburned. Here are some of our dermatologist-recommended best practices for post-sun skin care, with soothing remedies to help repair and rejuvenate your skin. Whether you’re dealing with a sunburn or simply want to maintain healthy skin after sun exposure, we’ve got you covered.

Tip 1. Cool Down with Cucumber and Aloe Vera

One of the most effective ways to soothe sun-exposed skin is by using cooling ingredients like cucumber and aloe vera. These natural remedies have been used for centuries to calm and hydrate the skin. Cucumber’s high water content provides instant relief, while aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness and promote healing for damaged skin. You can create a refreshing cucumber and aloe vera mask by blending the two ingredients together and applying it to your skin for 15-20 minutes. Afterward, gently rinse off with cool water.

Tip 2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Sun exposure can dehydrate your skin, so it’s crucial to replenish lost moisture. Apply a lightweight, water-based moisturizer that is easily absorbed to rehydrate your skin. Look for products containing hyaluronic acid (which helps retain moisture) or glycerin (which attracts water to the skin). Applying a moisturizer immediately after sun exposure and throughout the day will help restore your skin’s natural moisture balance and prevent it from becoming overly dry. Don’t forget to also hydrate from the inside: drink extra fluids and eat foods with high water content like cucumbers, apples, watermelon, celery, zucchini, and peaches.

Tip 3. Take a Calming Bath or Shower

Taking a cool bath or shower can provide instant relief for sunburned or irritated skin. It’s critical to opt for lukewarm or cool water and avoid using hot water, which can further dry out your skin. Use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser, and avoid scrubbing irritated or sunburned skin. Consider adding a few cups of colloidal oatmeal to your bath water, as it has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe itching and reduce redness. Gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel and avoid rubbing, as it can further irritate the skin.

Tip 4. Protect and Nourish for Next Time

Caring for your skin after sun exposure is always important, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prepare for the next time you go out in the sun by picking up the following:

  • Broad-spectrum sunscreen with high SPF: Apply this to your skin before heading out into the sun to protect it from harmful UV rays and reduce your risk of sunburn. Reapply every 2 hours or after sweating or immersing in water.
  • Quality Moisturizer: Apply a quality moisturizer or serum enriched with antioxidants like vitamin C or green tea extract before you head outside. These ingredients help repair and protect your skin from free radicals generated by sun exposure.
  • Appropriate Clothing: The clothes you wear when you’re out in the sun can make a huge difference in protecting your skin from harmful sun exposure. To protect your head, face, and eyes, wear a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. To protect your body, wear lightweight clothes with long sleeves and long pants/skirt.

Post-sun care is essential for maintaining healthy, radiant skin. By incorporating soothing remedies like cucumber and aloe vera, hydrating your skin, taking calming baths or showers, and protecting your skin from future sun damage, you can ensure your skin stays nourished and rejuvenated after sun exposure. Remember, your skin deserves the best care, so be gentle, be consistent, and enjoy the benefits of a well-rounded post-sun skin care routine.

For more information on skin care and personalized recommendations, call Medovate Dermatology at 847.499.5500. Our team of dermatologists is here to help you achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful skin.