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Editor’s Picks: 14 of the Best After-Sun Lotions to Soothe, Hydrate and Repair Your Skin

They’re not just for sunburns.
Best after sun lotion

You already know how important it is to wear (and re-apply) sunscreen whenever you’re outdoors. But there’s one more step to complete your suncare routine: an after-sun lotion.

You might think that after-sun products are only necessary when you’ve had a sunburn—but think again. Research shows that even if you don’t burn, UV light can disrupt your skin barrier[1] and trigger dryness[2] and inflammation.[3] It can also lead to DNA damage that you can’t see, which continues for hours after sun exposure.[4]

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That’s why it’s a good idea to apply soothing, hydrating and reparative ingredients as soon as you can after spending time in the sun. 

Read on for the best after-sun lotions, why I chose them, and what you need to know about each one.

Editor’s Picks (At a Glance)

What to Look for in an After-Sun Lotion