Too much sun can leave you looking like a lobster, fried or crispy. Whichever way you describe it, it’s not a good thing. Sun burns are hella painful and need some TLC to help them heal to prevent peeling skin (eww). These are some of the best lotions and gels to apply to those painful burns.
1. Aquaphor Healing Ointment
This lotion is the end all be all treatment when it comes to problematic skin. Not only does Aquaphor help with dry skin and other issues, it’s great for sun burns! It’s so amazing that it is the #1 lotion recommended by dermatologists. The formula helps burned skin to heal quickly and look healthy. It’s gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, so feel free to apply as often as needed to help those burns heal!
2. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration
If you have to deal with a sun burn after too much sun, you might as well smell good while doing it! The Hawaiian Tropic formula is a mix of gel and lotion that will sooth your skin all day long. It has a coconut fragrance that will make you feel like you are on a vacation while you recuperate after being in the sun. It’s light weight formula makes it the perfect lotion for the hot summer days. You won’t be left feeling sticky after application, so use as much as you need.
3. SunBurnt Advanced Sun Recovery
Nothing is worse than a bad sun burn. You end up over heating and sleeping becomes impossible. SunBurnt’s lotion is here to help. Their patented nonstick formula is a game changer when you need to apply the lotion before getting ready for the day or bed. It absorbs quickly into skin leaving it cool and nourished. With ingredients like aloe vera, cucumber and echinacea, it’s safe to apply all over the face and body. Plus its paraben free which is good for everyone.
4. Burt’s Bees Aloe and Coconut Oil After Sun Soother
Burt’s Bees lovers rejoice! Not only do they make one of the best chapsticks on the market, they make a sun care lotion as well! For those days when you get too much sun in the backyard or at the beach, this is the one to try. Burt’s Bees is 98.6% all natural (how great it that), so even sensitive skin is safe from additional irritation. Its powerful hydration helps reduce redness and rawness from sun burns, so you’ll heal faster than ever.
5. Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray
Irritated skin is irritating to say the least. Sometimes you need a light weight way to find relief. The Avene Thermal Spray is as refreshing as it is helpful when it comes to healing burned skin. The spray coats skin creating a barrier to heal the epidermal layer of skin. This allows the skin to stay soft and hydrated to control any unwanted peeling skin. The spray also allows you to sooth those hard to reach spots. Use as often as needed for instant relief!
6. Sarna Sensitive Anti-Itch Lotion
One of the worst things about getting too much sun, is the itch that comes when it starts to heal. Healing the skin is the end goal but the itching can become annoying in the process. To stop you from itching and causing more damage, use Sarna Sensitive Anti-Itch Lotion first. It delivers moisture to the skin, which is lacking when your skin is burned. This lotion is fragrance free so it won’t become overwhelming if you need to apply it numerous times throughout the day.
7. Seven Minerals Organic Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is a miracle plant. It has so many uses, but one of the most common is for sun burns! Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel is one of the purest and strongest on the market. You are receiving serious TLC when you apply it to your burns. Its formula is thicker than others, so it will absorb into skin better. Since it’s thicker, you would think that it would leave your skin sticky, but it doesn’t. Your skin will remain soft and hydrated while your skin heals.
8. Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Gel
You can normally feel a sun burn before you can see it. Your skin will feel over heated and sore before the color sets in. With Sun Bum’s Cool Down Gel, you can stop the burn before it gets too bad. Keep it on hand (or in the fridge) for an even cooler relief. The formula is infused with vitamin E which will help skin from peeling too bad. Plus it is 100% vegan and gluten free. Those of you with concerns about unnatural ingredients, won’t have to worry about what is going on your skin.
9. Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm With Aloe
When you burn your face after too much time in the sun, it can be serious. The skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive than the rest of your body. Use Clinique’s Rescue Balm to repair the skin around the face quickly. Don’t let the word “balm” put you off. It’s more of a lotion that absorbs into the skin refreshing and soothing burns. All of Clinique’s products are hypoallergenic and paraben free! So use this as much as needed to get your skin back in shape.
10. Korres Greek Yoghurt After Sun Cooling Gel
Yogurt is sort of a super food in its own right. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that it can help with sunburns. Korres’ formula contains probiotics that help skin stay nourished and cool. Since it does contain yogurt, it should be stored in the fridge for best results! Not only should you use it on your face, you can use it on your body as well. Trust us, your skin will thank you!
If you get burned this summer (we hope you don’t) use these lotions and gels to help skin heal! What is your favorite sun burn soother? Comment and share with us below!
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Hi my name is Kristen and I am 26 years old. I went to Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!). I majored in Integrative Public Relations with a minor in Fashion Merchandising. After graduation, I worked for Macy's in a variety of positions. I love shopping until I drop and consider it my cardio! I've been lucky enough to travel quite a bit and hope to do more so in the future. I am an energetic, sassy and fun loving person who loves her family (dog), friends and donuts!