The surprising benefits of after-sun body cream

Summer activities can be fun for you and your friends, but harsh environmental conditions could damage your skin. The sun, sand, saltwater, and chlorine directly affect your skin after sunbathing at the beach or the pool. 

Regardless of how well your skin is temporarily protected, no sunscreen can provide 100% protection from UV radiation. And what does get through accumulates. If you stay in the direct sun for too long, this accumulation may lead to sunburn, but you don’t necessarily have to be sunburnt to suffer long-term damage. Even a light tan is a sign you’ve been exposed to too much sun and that your skin could benefit from a little extra TLC in the form of reparative after-sun skincare. 

What about the role of after-sun care? It gets far less attention – but it’s essential to healthy skin:

  1. An after-sun lotion acts fast to soothe and cool your skin.
    When UV rays come into contact with your skin, the radicals occurring from exposure spreads through the cells. That triggers a chain reaction of skin cell damage that continues long after you are out of the sun, resulting in premature aging of the skin.
    Applying an after-sun moisturiser containing primary cooling ingredients will help decrease the impact of this cascade reaction. It is best to leave the cooling lotion on your skin overnight as it will soothe and cool your skin and prevent it from developing an irritation.
  2. An after-sun lotion re-hydrates the skin.
    Prolonged sun exposure causes the evaporation of water from your skin, leaving it feeling flaky and dry. Although it’s good to drink a lot of water while you’re in the sun, you should apply after-sun lotion even while indoors to restore the natural moisture in your skin.

The composition of after sun lotions vary according to their preparation. They often include several active ingredients with specific benefits for skin that has been exposed to solar radiation. The following are found in Phyt’s formulation and have stood the test of time in their effectiveness:

Hazelnut oil
This light weight oil forms a natural barrier on top of the skin to keep moisture in. Is has a high content of Vit E.

Calendula Extract

This plant extract soothes and heals. Also, it helps to recover from damage caused by UV rays. It’s one of the most widely used ingredients in the preparation of after sun lotions.

Jojoba oil
A good moisturising ingredients packed with antioxidants and nutrients. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin.

Aloe Vera
If we need a natural, fast and effective solution to soothe skin, aloe vera might be one of the best remedies. Thanks to its compounds such as phytosterol, it also boasts anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits.
Its topical use also serves as an analgesic, so it acts as a soothing agent of the sun’s affected epidermis tissues.

Mint helps the skin recover naturally and relieves irritation. It’s very refreshing because it reduces body heat and reduces inflammation of the skin tissue.

Phyt’s After-Sun Cream brings comfort and freshness to the most sensitive skin. Enriched with natural active ingredients that are both nourishing and antioxidant, it also has the merit of being 100% organic and thus preserves the skin’s health and the whole body. Ideal from the feet to the neck!

Active compounds
Hazelnut oil, Shea butter, Jojoba oil, Calendula, Aloe ferox, Geranium, Peppermint, plant-derived Vitamin E