We’ve all heard it a million times: “Wear sunscreen!” Somehow the excitement of going to the beach or jumping in the pool often makes us forget to apply (or re-apply), inviting the ever-dreaded sun damage to our skin. When the skin suffers too much exposure, damage caused by UV rays continues to attack the DNA in healthy cells even after you are out of the sun. Free radicals attack healthy cells and turn them into more free radicals.
That’s where post-exposure skincare comes in. Typically packed with antioxidants, active ingredients, and healing extracts, they combat and reverse the after effects of the sun’s rays. Ideally, these products are applied in the evening when your body works to heal itself, and you can rest assured that damaged cells will once again thrive as they once did.
BWB has compiled a list of four forward-thinking skincare companies that focus on restoring balance and beauty to the skin after a day in the sun.
Estelle & Thild of Stockholm is an organic cosmetic ECOCERT-certified skincare company that promotes “ sustainable beauty with luxury, organic ingredients.” Their BIOCALM line soothes, comforts and reduces redness and sensitivity. Their star ingredient is oat, which is high in polysaccharides, and reduces inflammation while balancing sensitive – or sunburnt – skin. In addition to oat, the Anti-Redness Rescue Serum also has black elderflower and apricot oil, which works magic when combined with the Optimal Comfort Rescue Oil. If you’ve had a true overdose of sun exposure, their day and night cream and eye balm work wonders, as well.
Edible Beauty Australia expertly combines botanical and wild crafted ingredients. They have created & Soothe Me Balm not only for sunburn, but also for other skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, and acne. The trio of chamomile, echinacea, and calendula soothes and removes redness. In addition, the watermelon, white tea & cranberry ingredients are anti-aging antioxidants that work to regenerate cells and tissue. Their balm comes in the form of a cool, light gel, and smells of a heavenly watermelon as it is applied. Try it over night on the face and body, or save it for just about any other irritation that comes your way. For daytime relief, look to their N 4 Tinted Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion. Its light, satiny feel leaves a lovely sheen to your skin.
HUM Nutrition offers supplements for all kinds of circumstances, including extensive sun exposure. Their Turn Back Time supplement clearly explains that it protects our cells from UV damage. This powerhouse of antioxidants includes turmeric, polyphenols from green tea, vitamin C from organic acerola Extract, alpha lipoic acid, and polypodium leucotomos derived from ferns, which all supply a UV guard. With all gluten-free and non-GMO products, there’s no better way to reverse sun damage than by working from the inside out. They should not, however, be used as a sunblock.
Soleil Toujours is strictly dedicated to sun protection, and delivers products that are both modern and sophisticated. The Aloe Antioxidant Calming Mist is a cool, refreshing skin saver. With ingredients like organic aloe, green tea, pomegranate, grape seed, and red algae, it heals by reversing UV damage, hyper-pigmentation, and inflammation. Their Apres Soleil Exotic Shimmer Body Oil features rosehip seed and argan oil, and its slight bronze shimmer has BWB using it with or without sun exposure.
While you’re enjoying the outdoors this summer, feel confident with these skin care support systems in place to protect you before and after sun damage. It’s time these important products become a part of our regular skincare routines.
Vanessa Baumann has been a licensed, medical aesthetician in New York for over twenty-three years, working with some of Manhattan’s top plastic surgeons. Choosing to change gears and express herself through her love of writing, she is now a freelance writer and beauty editor. Vanessa also may be found on Facebook and Instagram, sharing her knowledge of skincare products, advice, and the quest for glowing skin.