After sun soothers

Monday, 10 December 2012

After sun soothersFor the last couple of months we’ve been harping on about protecting your skin against the sun. And we’ll keep harping. But not in this article. Why? Because everyone’s human and sometimes we do spend too much time in the sun. Life happens, and so does sun burn.

So what do you do when you wake up the next morning and your skin feels like it’s been cooking from the inside out? Unfortunately the only cure for sun burn is time. Your skin will begin to heal itself and after a few weeks you’ll be back to normal. But there are ways to alleviate the pain and discomfort that often comes with those lobster-red shoulders.

After sun is essentially a moisturiser that soothes, cools and calms your skin. It can prevent peeling as well, depending on how badly you’ve been burned. We’ve selected a few after sun soothers you should slip into your beach bag, just in case…

Cool, light and with a subtle fresh soapy scent, the Nivea Sun SOS After Sun Relief Lotion, R49.99, contains their active Hydra-IQ technology and Licochalcone to reduce redness and irritation while regulating moisture supply and distribution in the deeper layers of the epidermis. It looks and feels like regular body lotion so it spreads across skin smoothly and won’t agitate already stressed skin.

A combination between a lotion and a gel, Justine’s Ultrasun Skincare After-Sun Care, R170, looks like a lotion but spreads across your skin like a gel. A takes a little longer to absorb into the layers of your skin, but this just makes it extra cooling with its inoffensive scent.

From the heavy weights in the tan accelerator business, Bergasol’s Bronzage Passion After Sun Body Spray, R160, is a lightweight spray that is enriched with Aloe vera and has an amazing orange blossom scent. Simply spray it on and it absorbs within seconds – no need for rubbing and no sticky residue.

I’ve been using Tropitone’s Soothing Aftersun, R42.99, for years, so it’s a personal favourite of mine. It’s a gel spray, so you’ve got to rub it onto your skin for a smooth application. Even though it’s a gel, it’s non-greasy and is silky smooth with a refreshing scent I could never quite name. It takes a little longer than the rest of the after sun’s to absorb into your skin but it’s cooling effect lasts much longer.

Other articles you may be interested in:
Fun in the sun with Piz Buin
Stop your fake tan from fading
Black does crack
Sunscreens we love
Skin protection tips

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Khalisi

    Nivea is by far the best, but Sh’zen also has an amazing after sun soothing gel that immediately cools the skin.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I love the Nivea SOS. It’s very light and gets absorbed so quickly so you’re not going to be rubbing skin that’s already probably tender from the sun. Love their stuff :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Harte-Joubert

    These are get to keep all year round as they even sooth a mild burn, such as a scold from water.

    5 years ago •

  1. Alison

    These type of products are complete lifesavers! We all forget to apply sunscreen on some occasions and after sun products can really help to lessen the effects of your sunscreen-less mistake! Nivea Sun SOS After Sun Relief Lotion is a personal favourite.

    5 years ago •

  1. Vermeulen

    good to have these products – we all need to protect our skin

    5 years ago •

  1. Nonhlanhla

    i cant leave with nivie after sun relife its the best especialy now tha we go to the beach with the kids a lot

    5 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Both Nivea and Tropitone after sun are budget buys..Nivea aftersun goes on to my list..

    5 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    I have the Avon one and thank goodness I had it this summer :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Need one! I bought the clicks spray one, it feels so great, but the smell is a bit intense, it smells like air freshener :0

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love the Nivea after sun, its so soothing

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Bergasol seems like a great product, pity it is so difficult to hunt their products

    5 years ago •

  1. Cat

    Nivea is the best, been using it for as long as I can remember

    5 years ago •

  1. Noma

    Great products…. I trust the Nivea brand

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I need to make a note about this products… I always manage to burn… even when I apply sunscreen something is always burned at the end of the day. Maybe I should bath in sunscreen :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Lorraine

    We must have these products in the South African Sun.

    5 years ago •

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