Got Sun-Stressed Skin? Here’s 9 After-Sun Skincare Products That Will Soothe and Heal That Damage


Back from your summer getaway but stuck with sunburnt skin? Well, if it turns out you’re lobster red instead of sun-kissed, fret not, we’ve got some solutions for you. 

First off, how do you know your skin is sunburnt? A sunburn is a sign that your skin has excessive sun exposure and UV radiation, it will feel warm to the touch, there could be redness, swelling, pigmentation (tan), peeling and sometimes it could be painful even. What you need to do is to ensure the skin now stays cool, receives adequate hydration and some TLC. 

Here are some simple tips that can help:

  1. Keep the skin cool: If possible, avoid excessive sun exposure that can worsen a sunburn. Ensure you wear light cottons, take cool showers, and apply a cool towel compress (not an ice pack!) if necessary.
  2. Stay hydrated: Drink up and keep your skin and body hydrated, this will help sunburns heal faster.
  3. SPF FTW: Continue religiously slathering on your sunscreen to protect sun exposed skin from further damage.
  4. Look for skin calming ingredients: Check for ingredients such as aloe, cica (centella asiatica), witch hazel, oatmeal and chamomile in your skincare products. 

We’ve rounded up products that can help ease those sunburns and redness, take a look…

1. iSClinical Hydra-Cool Serum

A lightweight serum that cools, calms and soothes the skin, this combines superior antioxidants with essential botanicals and bio-nutrients. This refreshing serum helps reduce sunburns and erythema, and provides antioxidant protection, while rejuvenating, hydrating and providing overall comfort to the skin.

2. Laneige Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Cream for Normal to Dry Skin


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Skin left dry and angry after that summer holiday? Then try this cream that is formulated to provide deep nourishment and repair the skin from within. Featuring nano molecules of blue hyaluronic acid that penetrate the deeper layers of the epidermis, this helps relieves redness by 92% and also works to revive a compromised skin barrier with ingredients such as squalene and ceramide.  

3. Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Sleepair Intensive Mask

Cica, or centella asiatica, is known to reduce inflammation and soothe redness and irritation, including sunburns. Specially formulated for sensitive skin, this soothing, moisturising, leave-on gel mask gets to work as you sleep, so you wake up to softer skin that’s on its way to being restored.

4. La Roche-Posay Posthelios Antioxidant Hydra-Gel


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If you don’t enjoy creams after a day out in the sun, try this refreshing gel texture with 77% La Roche Posay thermal water. Its light and non-oily effect lends the skin a comfortable and nourished feel. The formula also contains antioxidant ingredients to protect from free radicals and aloe extract to soothe the skin and reduce redness. Apply this soon after your shower, using light massaging motions.

5. MyGlamm PoPxo Sun Soother After Sun Lotion


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With skin-loving ingredients like vitamin E, ceramides, coconut oil, jojoba oil and rosemary oil, this soothing lotion cools and repairs sunburnt skin, returning moisture, hydration and nourishment that it’s lost. Marula oil leaves your skin feeling restored and silky, but there’s no greasy finish left behind.

6. Cetaphil Soothing Gel Cream

Perfect for sunburns or irritated sun exposed skin, this fragrance-free gel-cream with aloe works to instantly soothe, hydrate and protect. It also has a unique blend of moisturisers that hydrates dry skin for a full 24 hours, while restorative allantoin protects sensitive skin from environmental aggressors. Its gel-cream texture absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling hydrated and healthy.

7. COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++

If you don’t want to wait until after you’ve been in the sun, try this aloe soothing sun cream that is a reparative, hydrating formula which protects against sun damage and environmental attack. Formulated with aloe arborescens leaf extract, this lightweight sunblock feels like a moisturiser, and also does not leave any white cast.

8. Innisfree Aloe Vera Revital Soothing Gel

This soothing gel for face and body is formulated with Jeju aloe extract and hydrates tired-looking skin with moisture for a healthy look. This one can even be used on the hair! Apply it onto hair that’s dry and damaged from the sun exposure before you wash it off for softer, hydrated tresses.

9. Kimirica After Sun Soothing Serum Lotion


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Enriched with five essential plant-based actives, Tasmanian pepperberry, willow bark, aloe vera, cucumber extract and argan oil, this soothing serum lotion soothes, hydrates, and provides instant cooling to sun-exposed skin. It also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and pain-relieving properties, and helps minimise skin peeling caused by sun damage or sunburn. It has a lightweight, non-greasy, and quick-absorbing formula. 

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