Summer is fun. And, with spring well underway, it’s almost sun, sand and (for some of you) surf time. But, there’s another ‘s’ word that needs our warm weather attention: skin. A good, protective and moisturising sunscreen is a skin essential. But that’s only part one of your summer grooming routine.
At dusk, after your skin’s taken a baking, the post-sun skin care products (along with the chilled drinks and seafood) need to come out. “On holiday or at the beach, it’s important you invest in products that will help repair and soothe sun-affected areas,” says Louise, skin consultant from AdoreBeauty.com. “The sun can also cause pigmentation and ageing. So, as well as in the short, you should be thinking long term, and apply anti-ageing products, which can prevent any damage caused from sun exposure.”
From quick-fix treatments to long term skin care applications, here are six essential after skin products for men.
#1 Aesop Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel
Enhanced with aloe vera and panthenol to soften and soothe, as well as grapefruit, lemon and petitgrain — an essential oil with distilled from the leaves and bark of the orange tree to cool, this gel is an ideal after-sun remedy, that’s relatively light on the skin compared to creamier varieties.
Calming to UV-ravaged skin — the gel is easily spread on large skin areas — with a unisex citrus scent that won’t leave you feeling fumigated. Keep it chilled in the refrigerator for extra soothing on that sunburn. And, in winter, the gel is the perfect hydration boost to dry skin.
#2 Sisley After-Sun Care Tan Extender
The French are aesthetes. And are incredibly functional as they endeavour to make things look good. Sisley’s After-Sun Care Tan Extender immediately soothes and heals the skin while extending your tan. It works via shea butter, stevia leaf extracts and plant glycerin providing comfort to sunburned skin.
The aesthetic part comes in low-dosage self tanning ingredients (DHA and Erythrulose), which naturally improves your tan. So, you’ve not been burned for nothing.
#3 Jane Iredale H/E Lip Balm
After-sun care extends beyond your body. Even lips feel the heat. Enter the H/E lip balm: a lip stick for men that’s naturally hydrating and smoothes cracked lips, without obvious shine (no one will know you’re wearing it). It’s compact enough to carry around and packs a SPF 15+ punch, making it ideal for harsh conditions including the snow, come winter. And, it will prevent your smackers from even more sun damage. Pucker up.
#4 Clinique After Sun Rescue With Aloe
Taking you back to your childhood Banana Boat aloe gel days, Clinique’s After Sun Rescue is an ultra-moisturising balm with that all-important soothing aloe Provides a post-sun ‘repair’ to help prevent sun exposure from visually damaging your skin. Plus, it’s oil-free and is suitable for the face and body.
Use this to stop peeling. And, because it’s non-acnegenic, it’s a must-have if your skin has pimples or you are prone to oily skin.
#5 Asap Advance Eye Complex
Dry skin is a one-way ticket to Wrinkles-ville. Asap Advance Eye Complex revitalises and repairs eyes with it’s unique formulation: CoEnzyme Q10 (fuels cells to grow), vitamin A, arnica (medicinal flower used to treat irritated skin) and white tea to hydrate and nourish the skin.
Cutting to the chase, these ingredients also act to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles. And, perfect for after-sun care, it boasts an anti-irritant formula, making it suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin that’s been sun-ravaged.
#6 Thalgo Sun Repair Cream Mask
Gone and (stupidly) burned yourself to a lobster crisp? The Thalgo Sun Repair Cream-Mask for the face, neck, shoulders, back and chest is your after-sun saviour treatment for summer. It soothes areas that are sensitive to the sun, intensely and deeply, and saves your skin to prolong your tan. Apply a thin layer as a moisturising cream or a thick layer as a soothing face mask.
Environmentalist will also like the fact it’s paraben free, is mineral oil free, propylene glycol free, contains no GMO and contains no animal by-products. Light and easy, but oh so creamy.
#7 Triumph & Disaster Ritual Face Cleanser
“Less is more. Especially when it comes to your face.” Simple words scribed on the package of the Triumph & Disaster Ritual Face Cleanser. After a day at the beach, you’re going to want to wash you face. But not with a cheap commercial soap, which is harsh and dries out the skin, says Dion Nash, Triumph & Disaster founder.
“The formula is to keep your skin clean with a gentle natural cleanser to dissolve unwanted surface oil that has been spoiled with sunlight and grime,” says Nash.
Light, refreshing and peppermint-scented the cleanser is formulated to clean without drying or irritation, leaving skin feeling fresh and bright. Intended for daily use and perfect for even the most sensitive skin types, just lather, rinse and repeat. Until your skin is healthy again.
“You can affect oil production through good routines and equally you can avoid dry harsh skin through good routines. So listen your skin, it will change in its requirements as you get it healthy,” adds Nash.