The Ultimate After-Sun Recovery Regimen

Four women who know about the ultimate after-sun recovery regimen sunbathing on a boat

Whether you spent your weekend poolside, grilling on the patio or beach bumming around, we trust you enjoyed your fair share of R&R and fun in the sun…possibly, even, a little too much fun in the sun? Maybe your sunscreen failed you, maybe you underestimated how much SPF would be enough SPF, but now the work-week is looming, and you not only have to power-down on vacation mode, you also have to struggle with a sunburn. While we can’t chase away the Sunday Scaries, we’ve got you covered on skin-soothing essentials to at least help take out the sting. And, since the sun can do a number on your strands as well, we’ve rounded up the best hair repair treatments too. Ahead, our curated collection of after-sun recovery must-haves for your face, body and hair, with options for every price point.


Do Some Damage Control

Body: Budget

Enriched with pure aloe vera, this ultra-cooling gel instantly refreshes irritated skin upon contact, plus delivers intense moisture and regenerative benefits to help prevent peeling.

Body: Splurge

This luxe dry body oil not only pampers and nourishes rough, sensitive skin, thanks to its lush blend of rosehip and argan oils and anti-inflammatory pomegranate seed oil, it also envelops your body in a subtle bronze shimmer.

Face: Budget

This gentle, paraben-free formula is packed with a whole host of hydrating, calming ingredients, like aloe vera, linden flower extract, coconut oil and glycerin. It absorbs quickly to effectively replenish skin’s natural moisture levels and helps downgrade your complexion from sunburned to sun-kissed.

Face: Splurge

Infused with Avène’s exclusive thermal spring water, this lightweight lotion softens rough skin, drenches it in rich moisture and relieves itchy, dry patches.

Hair: Budget

Show your strands a little post-sun TLC with this restorative leave-in conditioner. Just like our favorite skincare essentials, it’s formulated with aloe vera, plus antioxidant-rich vitamin E to help repair signs of damage from sun exposure and leave hair touchably soft.

Hair: Splurge

UV rays can leave hair lackluster, brittle and frizzy, to say the least. Good thing this ultra-creamy conditioning treatment is developed with unique, algae-based “Ocean Silk Technology" to strengthen and repair strands from the inside out. Leave it in, rinse it out, either way, your locks will be looking luminous again.