After-sun care products and creams: essential for your skin this summer

We all know that sunscreens are essential for protecting our skin against damage from UV rays. But what about gels, milks, creams, lotions and other types of after-sun care products? Discover their uses, properties, benefits and ingredients and make these vital products part of your summer routine.

Why use after-sun care products?

Why use after-sun care products?

Here are 5 good reasons to make them part of your daily routine.


They refresh your skin

Featuring formulas made of non-greasy milk or gels, after-sun care products contain many beneficial ingredients, like aloe vera and menthol, which soothe your skin, creating a sensation of freshness almost instantly. And after a hot day in the summer sun, refreshment is just what you need.

Refreshing tip for your skin

Store your after-sun care products in the skin to boost their refreshing effects. Your skin will thank you, especially during those interminable heat waves!


They soften your skin

After-sun gels, lotions, milks, balms and creams are often rich in nourishing and moisturizing ingredients (vegetable oils, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerine, etc.) that help your skin replenish its supplies of oil and water. The result? Your skin is softer, suppler and plumper.


They strengthen and renew your skin

After-sun care products can also help you strengthen your skin and combat the signs of aging, thanks to antioxidants like flavonoids and Vitamins C and E. These types of active ingredients help slow the deterioration of your skin cells, making them more resistant to the harmful effects of free radicals. On top of feeling younger, your skin will enjoy greater defenses against the sun’s rays.


They help heal sunburns

Got a sunburn despite your efforts? After-sun care products are a great way to help relieve pain and burning. They also fight redness and accelerate your skin’s natural healing mechanisms with anti-inflammatory ingredients like aloe vera, Vitamin B5 and Centella asiatica (also known as tiger grass).


They’re enjoyable to use

Whether it’s a gel, lotion, balm or cream, after-sun care products all have a pleasant effect on your skin. Try them, you’re sure to feel the difference!

How to use after-sun care products...

Thanks to their versatile formulas, after-sun care products can be used any time of the day, at every step of your beauty routine. A few examples of their use include:

  • To complement or replace your body moisturizer;
  • To prolong your tan;
  • To boost the moisturizing, protective and reparative effects of your face cream.

Tips for making the most of UV protection...

  • If possible, avoid exposure to the sun when it’s at its strongest: between noon and 4 p.m.
  • Choose a broad-spectrum, waterproof sunscreen with a solar protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more. If you’re fair skinned and you tend to burn easily, choose a higher SPF (45 or 50).
  • Before you go outside, cover all the exposed areas of your skin. If you use a mineral sunscreen, you can go out in the sun right after application. But if you use a chemical sunscreen, wait about 20 minutes for the ingredients to take full effect.
  • When outside, reapply your sunscreen regularly, following the product instructions (usually every two hours; more often if you're swimming or sweating heavily).
  • Remember: UV rays go through clouds and reflect off the water, so keep yourself protected in all types of weather, and take extra precautions if you're boating or paddle-boarding.

Our suggestions for after-sun creams, gels, balms and lotions

Avène After-Sun Restorative Lotion, 400 ml

Made from 98% natural ingredients, this repairing milk is rich in thermal spring water, antioxidants and jojoba oil, providing immediate relief for sensitive skin that’s easily burned. Offering up to 48 hours of moisturizing care for your face and body, this lotion features a smooth, melting texture with a refreshing effect.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios After-Sun Melt-in-Gel Creme, 200 ml

With 10% lipid-restoring and soothing agents, this melting after-sun gel provides instant comfort for skin that’s been irritated and dehydrated by the sun. Its soft, milky texture also makes it ideal for soothing, repairing, moisturizing and nourishing your face and body. Best of all, it features a hypoallergenic fragrance, so it’s safe for sensitive skin.

Attitude Sunly After-Sun Melting Gel, 150 g

Treat yourself to the calming, regenerative and antioxidant properties of calendula (or marigold flower), a natural ingredient used for centuries to reduce swelling, redness and skin irritation. With added mint and cucumber, this 100% vegan after-sun gel will soothe and moisturize your taut, irritated skin.

Clarins Soothing After-Sun Balm, 150 ml

Like a comforting bath for your face and body, this creamy balm is enriched with antioxidants to soothe and beautify your skin completely after exposure to the sun, while prolonging the look of your tan.

After-Sun Restorative Lotion, 400 ml

After-Sun Restorative Lotion, 400 ml

The After-sun Restorative lotion composed with 98% natural origin ingredients instantly soothes sensitive skin that has become overheated after sun exposure. It provides the face and body with lasting hydration for up to 48 hours*. Its creamy, melting texture provides a pleasant sensation of intense freshness. Its formula, rich in Avène Thermal Spring Water and enriched with antioxidants and repairing jojoba oil, calms the skin and envelops it in a delicate fragrance. This Restorative lotion is suitable for the whole family, adults and children, from 2 years of age. Its eco-designed bottle is made of 100% recycled and recyclable plastic, for a greater respect of the environment.

Posthelios After-Sun Melt-In Gel-Creme, 200 ml
La Roche-Posay

Posthelios After-Sun Melt-In Gel-Creme, 200 ml

Safe for sensitive skin, this After-Sun Face and Body Melt-In Gel for dehydrated skin contains 10% lipid-replenishing and soothing agents to provide comfort. Its gentle, milky-gel texture formula is offered in an eco-conscious tube, using 60% less plastic than the previous tube!

After Sun Melt-In Gel with Calendula, Mint & Cucumber, 150 g

After Sun Melt-In Gel with Calendula, Mint & Cucumber, 150 g

Did you know calendula is more commonly known as “marigold flower”? You can even grow it in your garden! This flower packs power too: known for its calming, regenerative and antioxidant properties, it has been used in skin care for centuries, especially to reduce skin irritation, swelling and sensitivity. That's why Attitude puts it in their mint & cucumber after sun melt-in gel with calendula. This after sun gel, recognized as top after-sun by EWG, goes on smooth and helps to soothe irritated skin, relieving tightness and leaving it silky soft and hydrated after fun in the sun. Attitude only uses worry-free, 100% natural, hypoallergenic ingredients so that you can focus on what's important: enjoying the outdoors! Non-greasy texture with light, fresh mint and cucumber scent.

Soothing After Sun Balm, 150 ml

Soothing After Sun Balm, 150 ml

Soothing After Sun Balm enriched with antioxydants - Hydration 24h


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After-sun care products and creams: essential for your skin this summer

We all know that sunscreens are vital for protecting our skin from UV damage. But what about after-sun care products? What are they made of and how do they work? We've shed some light on these products to brighten your summer routine.
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