Why After Sun Gel Should Be in Your Summer Skincare Routine

If you’re a sun worshipper, you want a bottle of after sun gel on hand to reduce sun damage to your skin and prevent premature aging. After sun gel is a must – even if you’re committed to reapplying your SPF every three hours while out in the sun.

Using UV defensive products can boost your skin’s protective barrier, prevent premature aging, and lower your risk of melanoma and skin cancer. Your SPF and after sun routine shouldn’t be limited to your face – choose products that you can use all over your body for ultimate protection.

We’re sharing why after sun gel should be part of your summer skincare routine and our recommended product to throw in your pool bag.

What is After Sun Gel?

After sun is a moisturizing product that is designed to support the skin after prolonged UV exposure, commonly used to treat sunburns and skin irritation. Most after sun gels include ingredients like aloe vera and allantoin that soothe the skin to reduce pain and support cellular repair.

Many after sun products contain soothing ingredients that also contain anti-aging properties that stimulate your skin’s collagen production to repair damage and rejuvenate the skin. Look out for after sun products with ingredients like shea butter that deeply nourish the layers of your skin.

While SPF should be your number one priority, an after-sun gel can help soothe your skin if you’ve forgotten to reapply or find yourself exposed to high levels of UV radiation. Being at the beach or the pool can make it difficult to keep your sunscreen on, making an after sun gel a must-have to treat any potential burns or skin irritation.

You shouldn’t wait for your skin to become burnt or irritated by the sun to use an after-sun gel. It’s the ideal way to soothe your skin and give it a boost of hydration. After sun cannot ‘cure’ a sunburn, but it’s the first step in helping your skin recover from extensive UV exposure.

How to Use After Sun Products

A post-sun gel is essential when your skin feels burnt or inflamed after being in the sun. It’s designed to calm your skin upon first contact, providing instant relief. While it won’t heal the sunburn instantly, it will reduce pain and irritation.

Keep your after-sun products in the fridge or a cooler to keep them chilled. Applying cold after-sun products can support the healthy tissue in your skin as it seeks to repair your sunburnt skin.

You want to apply a generous amount of after sun to your skin, allowing it to soak in before putting on clothes or going into the water. An after-sun gel is a must-have for those with dry skin as it helps prevent peeling and cracking caused by excessive UV exposure. Apply after sun gel every day during summer and times of high UV exposure to keep your skin protected and hydrated all year round.

After-sun isn’t just for treating sunburnt skin. If you’ve got a natural tan, this hydrating post-sun product can prolong your tan’s lifespan and give you a bronze glow for longer. You can think of it as a two-in-one product that soothes your skin and gives you the most out of your natural tan.

Using SPF and After Sun Gel

It’s not enough to just use an SPF or to only pick up an after-sun gel to soothe burnt skin. You want to regularly be using both to treat your skin before, during, and after being in the sun.

Make sure you’re reapplying sunscreen throughout the day and use after sun as a preventative measure to soothe any potential skin irritation. It can also help to cool your skin down after a day at the beach.

After-sun can be applied once a day or as required if your skin is sunburnt. The key to helping your skin recover is to keep it hydrated to prevent peeling. A moisture-rich after sun gel will easily absorb into your skin to reduce inflammation.

The best way to apply after sun on irritated skin is to do so after having a cold shower and while your skin is still damp to increase absorption. Just like SPF, you want to be using an after-sun all year round to protect your skin, reduce irritation, and support your skin’s natural protective barrier.

How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

While we all love to get a summer tan, the safest way to give your skin a bronze glow is from a bottle or spray tan treatment. Prevention should always be your number one priority. Along with using SPF and after sun gel, there are extra steps you can take to protect your skin from the sun.

  • Stay cool by increasing your water intake to keep your skin and body hydrated.
  • Reapply your sunscreen every three hours and directly after being in the water.
  • Sit in the shade where possible and use a hat to protect your scalp and forehead.

Our Recommended After Sun Gel

Hydrate your skin after a day in the sun and give your tan an extra boost with Germaine de Capuccini’s ‘Icy Pleasure After Sun Repair Gel’. It’s our recommended body after-sun gel that soothes skin irritation, reduces redness, and has an exclusive anti-aging formula. Apply directly to the skin after

This innovative after sun gel is powered a UV dynamic system that protects against free radicals and UV radiation for up to 24 hours. It’s the perfect top-up for your daily SPF with water lily extract giving the gel anti-aging properties to protect and rejuvenate the skin.

The Germaine de Capuccini gel is suitable for all skin types and a must-have for your summer skincare routine. Throw a backup tube in your beach bag to give your skin the TLC it deserves.

You can pick up a tube of Germaine de Capuccini’s after-sun body repair gel during your next visit to 212 Salon and Day Spa.