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 and trigger dryness and inflammation. It can also lead to DNA damage that you can’t see, which continues for hours after sun exposure.
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.
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