Keep your skin hydrated with these after-sun products

It’s been a scorcher of a weekend and knowing Australia’s summer season, that’s not the end of it either. While you might have had fun baking on the beach and soaking in rays on your days off, it’s so important to remember that the harsh Aussie sun is not our friend.

Just like our bodies, our skin becomes extremely dehydrated after lengthy UV exposure – you might not be peeling but redness and irritation are both signs that your skin is feeling the effects of the sun – and unfortunately drinking water alone won’t fix the problem.

While prevention is the best method – see our essential sunscreen guide here – make use of this week’s milder weather to repair your dehydrated skin with these after-sun essentials so you’re ready when it comes back around again.


The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

$12.90 – Shop here.

If you haven’t heard of 2017’s skincare revelation, The Ordinary, make 2018 the year that you add their effective and reasonably priced products to your line up. For that extra hydration, try the Hyaluronic Acid. For those unfamiliar with HA, it’s like a support system for your moisturiser and attracts up to 1,000 times its weight in water – talk about super hydration! So pop it on after you cleanse and before your face cream so the best results.

Pair it with 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil for the ultimate skin drink.

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Charlotte’s Magic Cream’

$125 – Shop here.

You know how you try so many products and suddenly one comes along that just changes everything? No? Well, this is it. So many beauty products have come across our desks but nothing works quite as well as Charlotte’s Magic Cream. It’s really magic. It has SPF in it as well as a anti-UVA filter to protect your skin, not to mention the aforementioned Hyaluronic Acid which will keep that moisture locked it. Your skin will drink this up and thank you.

SK-II Treatment Mask

$28.00 – Shop here / Also available at David Jones Adelaide Central Plaza.

Masks can seem very indulgent, especially at $28 a pop. But if your skin is really feeling the effects of the sun, this is a pretty quick fix, especially to keep its appearance up before an event. It’s filled with SK-II’s calling card, Pitera (an amino acid derived from rice) which will hydrate your skin and give you instant results. Required if you’re a little red from that beach trip.

ILIA Cucumber Water Stick

$61 – Shop here.

We found this one during the many hours – collectively days – spent perusing Mecca stores. It’s basically a solid stick version of a toner that has cucumber pulp and aloe vera extract resulting in instant cooling of the skin. It has anti-inflammatory ingredients which will de-puff and calm your skin. Glide it on after cleansing but before your serums and moisturisers for quick, soothing refreshment.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea

$9.00 – Shop here.

A newer take on their iconic¬†Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater spray, everyone’s fave and perfectly priced skincare brand, Mario Badescu has pumped this one with antioxidants that are perfect for repairing the skin. all the ingredients – aloe vera, cucumber, and green tea- are the ultimate cocktail of soothing ingredients. Pop it in your bag and take it with you to the beach.

Clinique After Sun Rescue 

$40.00 – Shop here.

A full body moisturiser with aloe vera to make sure everything stays hydrated. It’s a gel but also rich and hydrating and instantly cooling to the skin. Our after-sun saviour.




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