After Sun

After Sun
9 Good Reasons to Use After Sun

9 Good Reasons to Use After Sun

After sun exposure, switching from your usual face and body treatment to after-sun brings many benefits. Formulated to combat the harmful effects of the sun on the skin and maintain your tan, there's everything to gain from applying after-sun every night.
Here's everything you need to know about this product. While you may take vacations to relax, unfortunately, your skin doesn't! In fact, UVA and UVB rays, both infrared and visible, alter your epidermal barrier and damage skin cells. Remember, even with sunscreen, the skin is not 100% protected. That's why, after each exposure, it's advisable to take care to nourish, rehydrate, and "repair" it.

Specially formulated after-sun products usually contain fewer ingredients than conventional body lotions. However, they are composed of targeted cocktails of active ingredients selected to repair all types of skin, more or less sensitized by the sun. In terms of use, it's essential to apply it to clean skin, free from salt, chlorine, as well as chemical or mineral sunscreens clinging to the skin. Two options are possible: a simple rinse with clean water or a suitable mild cleanser, instead of micellar water or cleansing oil for the face, and a soap-free gel or cleansing oil for the body. There's no need to be heavy-handed and apply it in a thick layer. Take a good amount of product, then massage the skin evenly, if possible in the morning and evening, not just at the end of the day after sun exposure.

1. After Sun has Anti-Aging Properties

Against sun-induced photoaging, after-sun contains antioxidants, mainly vitamin E, very effective against UV rays, along with regenerating active ingredients (fragmented hyaluronic acid, peptides). This stimulates fibroblasts, hence collagen and elastin fiber production, unfortunately damaged by oxidative stress, particularly virulent during sun exposure.

2. It Has a Soothing Action

This is what makes it different from the classic body lotion. After-sun treatment incorporates soothing active ingredients to calm sensations of discomfort and tension (allantoin, panthenol), as well as active ingredients aimed at limiting inflammatory processes caused by free radicals (pine extracts, licorice extract).

3. After Sun Enhances the Tan

Regular application of after-sun also helps ensure a lasting tan by maintaining an even distribution of melanin on the skin's surface. Well-nourished skin flakes less. Some after-sun products even contain melanin precursors to activate the tan during the initial exposures. When returning from vacation, remember to finish the after-sun to maintain your caramel color for a longer time.

4. Soothes Sunburns

Even if sensitive skin is the most affected, all skin types are impacted. The epidermis is always more or less sensitized at the end of the day. After-sun is not reserved for the careless who got sunburned. Moreover, in the case of real sunburns (intense redness, heat, etc.), it's better to resort to healing creams sold in pharmacies (Avène's Cicalfate, Biafine). Essential oils with soothing properties can also be used.

5. After Sun Provides a Cooling Effect

Contained in certain gels and lotions, alcohol brings a fresh and soothing side due to its immediate anti-heating action. However, when present in more than 5% in the formula, it dries the skin. Refreshing menthol can also be poorly tolerated by irritated and red skin. New technologies enable obtaining freshness, thanks to a galenic called "splash effect": a gel encapsulated in the cream breaks contact with the skin, providing a renewed effect. They can be applied even on sensitive and fragile skin.

6. Nourishes the Epidermis

The sun, as well as chlorine, sea salt, and wind, alter the epidermal barrier. Highly effective moisturizing active ingredients such as glycerin, and especially essential fatty acids found in vegetable oils (shea, argan, jojoba), make it possible to limit insensible water losses and thus prevent "crocodile skin" after a few days. Remember also to drink water because body hydration is essential.

7. After Sun Adapts to the Skin Type

Choosing the right texture is also important for after-sun! Oils and balms are the most nourishing, while lotions and gels are the most refreshing, even the quickest to be absorbed by the epidermis. The former are therefore ideal for very sensitive and dry skin. However, it's possible to use a fluid lotion or gel, alternating with a multi-purpose beauty oil (hair, body, face) or even mixing lotion + oil if you want even more efficiency.

8. Suitable for Fragile Areas

If possible, it's better to apply a different facial treatment because facial skin needs much more hydration and lipids to regenerate. This is even truer if the skin is dry by nature or very sensitive. Instead, use a cream or even a balm formula if the epidermis is very dry for the face and neck, and for a lotion, gel, or oil texture for the rest of the body. At night, continue to apply your night cream before bedtime. Except if it's a treatment rich in potentially irritating active ingredients with the sun, such as retinol or vitamin C.
In general, fragile areas very exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, and décolleté, should be spared: remove makeup carefully to rid the skin of sunscreens before applying after-sun. Emphasize after-sun on fragile and highly exposed areas, such as the entire décolleté, shoulders, or the lower neck.

9. You Can Use Makeup After Sun

An after-sun for the face is perfectly suitable to play the role of a moisturizer and basic makeup. As the skin is already tanned, just apply a bit of mattifying powder, a touch of blush or bronzer, and a hint of shimmer.



 

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