When it comes to summertime, it’s pretty much inevitable that we’ll be spending some time under the sun. While, of course, it’s important to apply—and reapply, and reapply once again—an SPF before we head off to the beach or pool (or every day, for that matter), our skin may still be subject to some damage. It takes more than just preventative care to keep our skin healthy during the summer months.
Here’s everything you need to know about taking care of your skin after prolonged sun exposure!
Cleanse Away Impurities
After a long day spent outdoors, your skin could likely use a good cleanse. Cleansing helps remove any unwanted dirt, oil and impurities on your skin’s surface. The result? Skin that looks (and feels) clean and comfortable.
Moisturize Your Skin
What do sun, chlorine and other aggressors all have in common? Exposure can be incredibly drying for the skin. After cleansing and/or showering, add moisture back into your skin with a hydrating facial cream or body lotion.
Reach for Aloe Vera
Dealing with sunburn? Help soothe it with Aloe Vera. The gel not only helps hydrate the skin — it’s made up of 99% water! — but also offers a cooling shield and sensation for temporary relief.
Mask It Up!
If you’re looking for extra hydration, reach for a face mask. It can offer a cooling sensation to the skin and provide an extra boost of moisture.
Give Back to Your Lips
If your lips are craving some moisture, the two steps you should take are exfoliating and hydrating — in that order.