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Editor’s Picks: 14 of the Best After-Sun Lotions to Soothe, Hydrate and Repair Your Skin

They’re not just for sunburns.
Best after sun lotion

You already know how important it is to wear (and re-apply) sunscreen whenever you’re outdoors. But there’s one more step to complete your suncare routine: an after-sun lotion.

You might think that after-sun products are only necessary when you’ve had a sunburn—but think again. Research shows that even if you don’t burn, UV light can disrupt your skin barrier[1] and trigger dryness[2] and inflammation.[3] It can also lead to DNA damage that you can’t see, which continues for hours after sun exposure.[4]

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That’s why it’s a good idea to apply soothing, hydrating and reparative ingredients as soon as you can after spending time in the sun. 

Read on for the best after-sun lotions, why I chose them, and what you need to know about each one.

Editor’s Picks (At a Glance)

What to Look for in an After-Sun Lotion

The Best After-Sun Lotions of 2022

Aromatica Organic Aloe Vera Gel
Kinfield Sunday Spray Cooling Aloe Mist
Badger Aloe Vera After Sun Gel
Goddess Garden Organics After-Sun Gel
California Baby Aloe Arnica Soothing Spray
Burt's Bees Aloe Coconut Oil After Sun Soother
Korres Greek Yoghurt Calming Cooling Gel
Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel
Tower 28 SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray
Dr. Barbara Sturm Aloe Vera Gel