Ashley Kowalewski
Ashley Kowalewski

Why I’m a Fan of After-Sun Oil

For most of our lives we’re reminded about sun safety, but so often we forget about what happens to our skin after the sun goes down. Unless you get stuck with a burn (in which case you probably didn’t listen to anyone’s advice anyway), you probably aren’t using much more on your skin other than your run-of-the-mill aloe vera gel (which is still amazing for burns) or your regular body lotion. And while there is no shortage of fruity-smelling after-sun creams that promise to maintain and illuminate your glow, I have a new suggestion for you: after-sun oils.

For some reason unbeknownst to me, beauty oils still get a bad rap in some people’s books, but I’m here to preach once more about the benefits of using oils, especially after a day in the sun.

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They soothe your skin
So you spent some time sitting beachside or poolside and even though you protected yourself, your skin is feeling a little tight and tender from all of those rays you caught. Dry oil sprays are often lightweight and enriched with a lot of nutrients, so if your skin is a little tender to the touch, you’re going to want something that doesn’t burn or make your skin itch after you apply it. For relief, I love to mist on Sun Bum’s Cool Down Continuous Spray After Sun Aloe Vera. Its dry-to-the-touch formula is infused with vitamin E and cucumber extract, plus soothing aloe vera.

They can enhance your natural glow
Tanning may be taboo, but it happens. When it does, I like to maintain it for as long as possible by keeping my skin moisturized and as even-toned as possible. I find that the best way to do that is with a lightweight oil. While the list of things that Bio-Oil can do is extensive, I find that it keeps my skin illuminated and I love that it’s non-greasy and absorbs into my skin really quickly.

They add extra hydration
My skin constantly craves moisture, but especially in the summer months when I happen to be spending time in the sun. That’s when I add Vichy’s Idéal Soleil Double Usage After-Sun Care to my shower routine to help restore some of that much-needed hydration. Not only does it protect the skin’s barrier, it helps prevent water loss. Some days, when it’s really humid out and I’m not feeling the oily texture, I just apply it and rinse it off before hopping out of the shower for an added dose of moisture. It gets bonus points since you can use it on wet or dry skin.