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I spent a ton of time at the beach growing up, so globs of sunscreen and, unfortunately, sunburns are nothing new to me. I have super fair skin, so if I’m not religious about reapplying sunscreen, sticking to the shade and wearing a cover-up, I can burn very easily.
Everyone knows that sunburns are nothing to mess with because they are 1) very painful and 2) damaging to your skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “[having] five or more sunburns more than doubles your risk of developing potentially deadly melanoma.” Scary stuff!
Now, as an adult, I’ve mastered a safe sun care routine, but everyone’s human. So since I’ve had my share of slip-ups, I know which drugstore products are the best to grab when you’re dealing with a sunburn. While the best defense against a burn is obviously to use a good sunscreen (Coppertone Sport is the ultimate, IMO), there are a few products that can help soothe a sunburn.
Keep scrolling to shop three after-sun products I swear by that you can snag at most drugstores (including Walmart).
Aloe gel is the classic sunburn reliever for a reason. Not only can it help to decrease inflammation, but it feels cool upon application and moisturizes your skin, which can prevent peeling. This gel dries quickly on the skin and is very slick, but my best advice is to put your bottle of aloe in the fridge before you use it to get it nice and cold.
2. Solarcaine Cool Aloe Burn Relief with Aloe Vera, $6.94 (Orig. $7.79)
If you have a sunburn so bad that you can’t even imagine gently rubbing aloe on it, Solarcaine is for you. This medicated product is sprayed onto the skin and contains Lidocaine HCL to relieve the pain. Solarcaine can also help with any itching and has aloe vera in its formula to hydrate and calm angry skin.
If you don’t quite have a sunburn, but your skin feels noticeably dry after spending time out in the sun, this lotion from Hawaiian Tropic should do the trick. This lotion provides 24 hours of hydration and “contains silk protein and shea butter to moisturize skin, and aloe for cooling benefits.” Plus, its coconut papaya scent smells incredible.
4. Banana Boat Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 45, $2.97
Few things are worse than chapped, sunburned lips. This hydrating lip balm from Banana Boat has aloe and vitamin E in it to moisturize your pout for up to 12 hours. This balm also has SPF 45 in its formula and is water-resistant up to 80 minutes making it another beach day essential.
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