what does aftersun do?

After a day on the beach you just feel great, full of good vibes from being on the sand and in the water. One of the best smells is that after-beach smell that lingers on your skin and in your sea tousled hair.

However, as good as a day in the sun makes us feel, our skin can be left feeling tight, dry and warm to touch and this can feel uncomfortable. Sand can add to this discomfort, abrasive on sun-sensitive skin and painful to brush off, making your skin feel sore. Even if you usually have oily skin, sun exposure can dry out your skin causing flaking, wrinkling and itching.

Just as you condition your hair after showering out the sand and salt, you need to soothe and moisturise your skin with aftersun as part of your skin care routine.

The benefits of aftersun

Unlike a normal moisturiser, aftersun contains ingredients to soothe hot and bothered skin and omits any ingredients found in your regular body lotion which would aggravate sun damage. Whether you have spent time in the sun on the beach, by the pool, in the garden or at the park, the Hawaiian Tropic aftersun range will:

✔Moisturise the skin
✔ Release the tight feeling, make your skin supple again
✔ Cool your skin down
✔ Soothe any mild irritation
Prolong your tan
✔ Relax you after a shower − this is your time to indulge
✔ Scent your skin
✔ Add a shimmer − perfect for a night out

If you can’t choose between cream for moisturisation or gel for cooling you can have both! Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun combines the 24 hour moisturisation of a luxurious body lotion with a soothing aloe gel − perfect if your skin is feeling the heat from a day in the sun.

If you are looking for a more intense moisturisation, and your skin is not suffering from any heat from over-exposure, you can scoop Hawaiian Tropic Exotic Coconut Body Butter from the tub and massage it in to leave skin hydrated for 12 hours. Enriched with coconut oil, avocado oil and shea butter, this aftersun combines rich, whipped body butter with a sensuous coconut scent − it’s so addictive that you will be using it on your dry skin during the winter months to transport yourself back to happy summer days on the beach.

Soothe and cool with aloe vera

A soothing skin care routine is vital after spending time in the sun. If you need to cool your skin after a hot day, Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Cooling Aloe Vera Gel contains aloe vera. The aloe vera in this aftersun gel naturally calms irritated skin.

Aloe vera is well-known as a bathroom cabinet superhero, packed full of skin healing properties. The stem of the cactus-like aloe vera plant stores water, creating a gel-like substance which contains antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids, minerals and compounds such as polysaccharides that repair your skin.

The gel formula gives your skin ‘a drink’ replenishing any lost moisture and locking it in, without the post-application greasy feeling that regular moisturisers might leave. Add to this exotic botanical extracts and vitamin E and this aftersun makes perfect addition to your skincare routine!

Can I use aftersun on sunburn?

The longer heat from sunburn is ignored, the greater the damage, so applying aftersun promptly is advised. Although aftersun can soothe minor irritations and mild sunburn, you need to ask the advice of a pharmacist or doctor if the sunburn is particularly bad. If you have accidentally overexposed your skin to the sun, you need to take a cool bath, as the pressure of a powerful shower might hurt sore skin.

An aftersun which is high in water content like the aloe gel in Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun, will hydrate and cool the skin. Ribbons of silk protein and shea butter moisturise, while interweaving ribbons of aloe vera soothe.

If you store Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Cooling Aloe Gel in the fridge the resulting coldness will feel heavenly to gently massage into hot skin, while the added benefit of the healing properties of aloe vera to calm your skin.

Aftersun products only soothe the symptoms of sunburn. Prevention is the key − make sure that you wear sun protection at all times, avoid the midday sun and wear a hat and shades when you can.

Aftersun doesn’t make sun less dangerous and it can’t fix sun damage − nothing replaces the importance of good sunscreen. However, aftersun will make your skin feel and look better and if you love the exotic scent it can replace your daily body lotion throughout the year!