Chapter 23: Your Guide to After-Sun Skin Care 

Beauty Book

Spending your days soaking up the rays is fun and relaxing, but remember, too much of a good thing may not be good for you. In this case, I’m talking about too much sun. It’s understandable to want to enjoy your time outdoors since it’s summer after all. Just be sure to give your skin a little extra TLC after a long day of baking in the sun.

Here’s a quick guide on what products to use and what you can do to keep your skin calm and in tip-top shape throughout the season:

START FRESH

After getting your dose of Vitamin D, the first thing you should do in your skin care routine is to double cleanse. Make sure to wash off all the sweat, grime and layers of sunscreen that you’ve been applying all day. Sunscreen is hard to wash off with just a facial cleanser alone. If not properly cleansed, all that sun lotion will end up clogging your pores. It’s best to double up and start with an oil-based cleanser, followed by a gentle facial cleanser.

COOL DOWN

The best treat to give your skin after putting it through hours of sunshine is a cooling mask. A sheet mask will not only help cool down your skin’s temperature but also give your skin a boost of much-needed hydration. Try A’PIEU’s Daily Sheet Mask; it contains black tea to deeply hydrate skin and green tea to soothe and revitalize.

HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE

Before applying your moisturizer, grab a serum first. Serums are packed with super concentrated and potent ingredients that can reach the deepest layers of your skin, so incorporate a serum that will boost your skin’s moisture level.

If you’re a beach bum, you’ll notice how dry your skin is after sunbathing and swimming in the ocean. To remedy this, you need a product that’s lightweight yet powerful enough to deeply hydrate your skin. The Hydration Boosting Serum from Dr. Althea is a must-have its combination of squalane and ceramide helps strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier.

TREAT YOUR SUNBURN

One of the worst things that could happen to your skin is a sunburn. Is your skin red or painful? Not to worry, because all you need to treat that burn is some aloe vera. This magical plant is widely known as a natural home remedy for sunburns, but if you don’t have the plant at home, then you can always go for aloe vera gels like ones from AROMATICA, esfolio or Holika Holika. Use the gel on your face or all over your body to soothe your sunburn and speed up the healing process.

NOURISH YOUR LIPS

Apart from making sure your skin is hydrated, you also need to ensure that your lips are moisturized. Keep a lip sleeping mask on your vanity throughout summer and aim to incorporate it into your daily night routine. A great sleeping mask is CARE:NEL’s Berry Lip Night Mask, which doesn’t just moisturize lips but also exfoliates them overnight, so you wake up to softer, plumper lips! 

DRINK UP

Drinking lots of water may be a given but sometimes, you just need a reminder. The sun dehydrates the skin so not drinking enough H2O can lead to dryness and affect the skin’s elasticity. If you want to keep a radiant glow all summer long, then remember to drink up (at least 8 glasses of water a day)!