What About Post-Exposure Care?
No matter how diligent you are at sunblock application – or how enormous your hat is – chances are that at one point this summer, you’ll need to do a little bit of damage control. Our go-to post sun exposure ingredients are caffeine and aloe – even better if you combine the two!
Caffeine found in natural coffee and matcha extracts boasts ultra effective anti-inflammatory properties that enhance blood circulation, reduce redness, and dial back expanded blood vessels, which can be a side effect of sunburns. Topical application of caffeine acts as a blood vessel constrictor, meaning reduced redness and more efficient fluid drainage. The antioxidants present in coffee can also protect your skin against free radical damage, so it can be a smart move to apply a caffeine based cream or serum before you head outside, as well as after.
PRO TIP: Try our hydrogel Caffeine Mask to soothe redness after sun exposure, while replenishing lost hydration.
Aloe vera is a tried and true post-sunburn ingredient and a perennial beach bag staple. It’s been used for thousands of years, with its naturally occurring gel consistency full of hydrating polysaccharides and phytosterols which soothe itching and irritation. It’s also a super mineral rich ingredient, boasting high levels of Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. This means that it’s the perfect option to re-feed suffering skin that has been stripped of moisture and nutrients after high levels of exposure. A burn is effectively a skin injury that results in damage to the natural moisture barrier, and aloe can help replenish this barrier and build it back up again.
PRO TIP: Both our Green Tea Water Bomb Mask and Vitamin C Serum contain high amounts of aloe vera, and are beneficial for soothing and rejuvenating skin post-sun exposure.
The quick and dirty? Plant based and mineral derived sunscreen/ SPF ingredients are the way to go. To help minimize damage after exposure, make sure your aftercare routine is religious (whether or not you’ve gotten any color).
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