The Manual’s Best After Sun Skin Soothers

best after sun care

Since we’re only a month away from the end of unofficial summer (sorry to be the bearer of bad news), you may have already encountered the uncomfortable consequences of not practicing safe sunning. While the immediate effects of treating your skin like garbage is an itching and burning sensation, there are long-term effects, too. But while you can’t totally undo the harm of a carefree day, there are topical ways to mitigate the disaster. Here are six of the best after sun solutions that help do that while also extinguishing any fiery feelings.

Avène After-Sun Repair Lotion


With a base of healing thermal spring water and a trio of ingredients that work to undo the surface damage, this lightweight cream-gel helps counteract the aftermath of your bad decisions.

$18 for 200ml,

Aesop Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel


Extracts of grapefruit, petitgrain, and lemon smell like a delicious summery cocktail, plus they cool off scorched skin.


Herbivore Botanicals After-Sun Body Mist


A small-batch, high-brow version of childhood aloe preparations, this spritz contains that soothing plant, plus cooling mint and lavender to help ease the pain.


Jurlique Sun Specialist After Sun Replenishing Moisturising Lotion


Slather this super creamy moisturizer from head-to-toe to replace the moisture you lost and supply natural antioxidants to help fight the free radicals released when you decided not to re-up your SPF.


Coola ER+ Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion


Organic agave provides the requisite rehydration and helps repair damage done, while being a calming influence on your skin.