So, we’ve spoken about how to prepare yourself for a day of fun in the sun (FYI it includes a whole load of SPF), but how do we treat our skin post-sun exposure? Replenishing our skin is just as important as protecting it, because while sunscreen helps it doesn’t eliminate all the signs of sun damage. It’s still possible for you to suffer from dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, irritation and cell damage. But that’s no excuse not to wear sunscreen because if you don’t wear any protection at all, consider the above side effects guaranteed.
The sun can dry out the skin by destroying moisture and naturally produced oils from the skin’s surface which deepens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also cause them to form as the heat from the sun breaks down collagen in the skin. Irritation is a typical reaction from the heat, especially if you have sensitive skin or experience sunburn which means the skin’s barrier is broken and your skin cells are vulnerable to damage.
The best products to use on your skin after sun exposure will replace moisture levels that have been lost, boost collagen synthesis, soothe irritation and heal the skin’s barrier and cells - which sounds like a lot of late-night Googling to find. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a selection of products available at Young LDN that we just can’t get enough of this summer.
This hydrating, cooling serum by iS Clinical certainly lives up to its name, providing intense hydration and cooling sensation to soothe the skin after sun exposure. It works like a shot of green juice for the skin (without the bitter aftertaste) by penetrating deep into the surface of the skin to deliver sodium hyaluronate, superior antioxidants, essential botanicals and bio-nutrients.
If you’re prone to dry, irritated, sunburnt skin after a day catching rays, you’ll want to make sure iS Clinical Hydra Cool Serum is always in reach. And thanks to its compact design, you’ll never have to go anywhere without it. Apply to the skin on the go or as part of your skincare routine at the end of the day.
A cooling mask that soothes and treats the skin? Yes please. iS Clinical Hydra-Intensive Cooling Masque is a sure way to calm sunburn and inflammation whilst revitalising the skin. This luxurious gel-textured mask includes a blend of botanical extracts such as aloe vera, green tea and rosemary leaf oil to provide antioxidant protection, irritation relief, stimulate collagen synthesis and the healing process. Plus, 5% naturally derived hyaluronic acid for a hydrated, luminous finish. Regular use will restore a healthy complexion as you indulge in self-care - take care of yourself and your skin with iS Clinical.
Generously spritz iS Clinical Youth Body Serum onto the skin post-sun exposure for lasting hydration and antioxidant protection whilst fighting the signs of ageing. This body serum feels extremely light and cool on the skin - perfect after a day of wearing sunscreen. It contains one of the purest forms of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 for ultimate hydration. Hyaluronic acid can draw and retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water, while vitamin B5 satisfies the skin’s thirst by absorbing moisture from the air.
Watermelon fruit extract and blue micro-algae team up to limit free radical damage, promote cell renewal to brighten and even out skin tone. One of our favourite ingredients for after sun care included in this unique formula is cylindrica root extract as it promotes collagen synthesis for strong, plump and supple skin. Regularly exposing your skin to the sun will result in a loss of collagen and iS Clinical Youth Body Serum can help you to reverse the damage.
If you love the sun, you’ll love iS Clinical Pro Heal Serum Advanced + even more. After sun exposure, your skin needs to heal itself and a boost of vitamins can help to advance the healing process. Vitamin C is known for its healing abilities, but it’s also recognised as a water-soluble, meaning the body can’t store it in the same way it can hold onto other vitamins. This advanced serum contains vitamin C on a time-release to slowly deliver it into the skin after application, so nothing goes to waste. It also contains vitamins A and E with olive leaf extract for iS Clinical’s highest ever antioxidant protection to encourage collagen production deep within the skin whilst repairing damage to its surface.
Eye cream isn’t typically the first thing you’d think to grab after being in the sun, but when the sun can intensify dark circles, dry out the eye area and cause stubborn fine lines and wrinkles, you might want to think again. Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Eye Recovery Gel uses a potent formula of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, wrinkle-altering peptides, and their one-of-a-kind collagen recovery complex. Together they brighten the eye area, provide ultra-hydration, improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles and support collagen synthesis.
A sheet mask is a fuss-free way to top up the skin with essentials. Image Skincare I Mask Hydrating Hydrogel Sheet Mask instantly hydrates, soothes and refreshes the skin with aloe vera, hyaluronic acid and mineral-rich Japanese volcanic waters. A blend of amino acids and antioxidants will reveal skin so radiant and glowy that a sheet mask will always seem like a good idea. It features their new and improved hydrogel design for a stronger grip, so you don’t have to cancel all your plans (unless you want to).
This unique serum uses a powerhouse formula with multi-layer technology to release nutripeptides and plant stem cells deep within the skin’s layers to fight the signs of ageing, increase collagen levels and visibly improve the look of sun damage - looking at you fine lines and wrinkles! It corrects sun damage that has already occurred whilst protecting the skin against future damage. Over time Image Skincare The MAX Stem Cell Serum will thicken the skin, reduce wrinkle volume, plump and lift your overall complexion.
Your skincare wouldn’t be complete without a touch of luminosity. Just the right amount of sun can give you a beautiful healthy glow, but too much calls for dull, uneven skin tone and sunspots. The problem? Everyone’s skin has a different threshold and it’s pretty much impossible to tell where the line is without crossing it. Image Skincare Iluma Intense Facial Illuminator takes you back to the perfect point of radiant skin whilst reducing the appearance of pigmentation and sunspots for an even finish. It uses a potent blend of vitamin C, tranexamic acid and niacinamide that gets to work after just one use.
A quick-absorbing serum after a day spent in the heat is exactly what you need. Image Skincare Iluma Intense Brightening Serum will revitalise your skin with a combination of botanical brighteners and vitamin C for a brighter, calmer complexion whilst balancing skin tone and texture. Apply before bed to wake up with flawless skin that’ll tempt you into ditching the makeup altogether.
SkinCeuticals know how to do a face mask and their Phyto Corrective Masque is no exception. It immediately soothes any skin reactivity to heat such as flakiness, dehydration, irritation and redness. Clinically proven to reduce the skin’s surface temperature by 2.8 degrees, it's a must-have after sun exposure. The versatile formula is suitable for all skin types, including super sensitive skin. If you have oily skin, it’s completely oil-free. Hero ingredients include hyaluronic acid for extreme hydration and dipeptide to repair damaged skin cells. Simply apply to the face and take a deep breath as you experience fast, cooling relief.
Environmental aggressors can lead to redness and flushing of the skin, particularly from the sun. This lightweight gel cream neutralises any red tones whilst reducing the temperature of the skin with a soothing sensation. It combines biomimetic peptides and natural plant ingredients such as palmitoyl tripeptide-8, shea butter, glycerin and eperua falcata bark extract to reimburse moisture and radiance whilst reinforcing the skin’s protective barrier. SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer will magically melt away redness so you can forget about piling on the heavy makeup on a warm summer night.
Sunspots and pigmentation can be hard to shift if you regularly expose your skin to the sun, but Dermaceutic has made it their mission to make it easier with Yellow Cream. It contains a huge amount of highly active depigmenting compounds - 20% to be exact. Kojic acid and alpha-arbutin inhibit melanin production to reduce the risk of darkening whilst lightening existing sunspots and pigmentation, clever, right?