Your ultimate guide to revitalising ‘after-sun’ skin


With all this glorious sunshine, it’s hard not to want to make the most out of every day by spending hours outside. And while it’s essential to take precautions to prevent sun damage when you’re out and about, what you do afterwards is just as important. Say hello to your new beauty buddies who will be there for you when the sun goes down…


Our face cops a lot on a day-to-day basis, so it’s crucial to give it some much-needed love after dark to ensure you don’t end up resembling an old handbag. Try the Ultraderm Skin Refining Clay Mask to deeply cleanse, clarify and refine skin or KORA Organics Hydrating Mask to refine pores, remove dead skin cells and promote healthy tissue rejuvenation. If you’re looking for an all-over wonder, La Mer’s The Mist smooths, tones, hydrates and rebalances the complexion while leaving it with a healthy radiance. Heading out? Transformulas Diamond Liftis a winner – its light-refracting formulation contains diamond powder and a youth-boosting ingredient called Gaultine Expression to lift, tone and brighten skin. #shinebrightlikeadiamond


Sunburnt? Reach for The Jojoba Company After Sun Rescue Pack – the Hydrating Mist will instantly rehydrate, the Redness Reducing Balm will soothe and calm, and the Antioxidant Mist will give your skin a hit of hydration. If you’re dreaming of luminous, visibly refreshed skin, you can’t go past the JERGENS Soothing Aloe Refreshing Moisturiser. It quickly absorbs and improves skin tone and texture. Finally, Vanessa Megan Rose Water Spray is a handy one to throw in your handbag. Perfect for both dry and oily skin types, it works to control and balance sebum production while restoring the skin’s pH levels.

According to an Australian poll, almost 77 per cent of us think we need to be more sunsmart, and this summer NIVEA launched a short film that uses a UV camera to demonstrate the importance of sun protection so you avoid sunburn in the first place. The video shows the effectiveness of sunscreen and if you’ve been heading outside this summer without it, you might want to think twice about doing it again:


We talk a lot about how hydration is the key to sexy summer skin, but we can’t ignore the greasy, blotchy issues that follow us around like a stage-five clinger. Brown spots don’t stand a chance against Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster, which firms, brightens and smooths like a boss. As for those pesky spots, tackle them with the highly effective (and non-drying) Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. Make clear skin your new thing with La Mer The Oil-Absorbing Lotion – its nutrient-rich formula will work hard to banish oily breakouts.

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