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Beach Patrol: Treat Your Skin After A Day In The Sun

Davines SU Nourishing Soothing After Sun Face Cream, $28. Visit Davines.com for retailers

With its incredible healing and moisturizing properties, argan oil has been one of the “it” beauty ingredients over the past two years, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Davines chose to make it the primary ingredient in its SU Nourishing Soothing After Sun Face Cream.A small dab of this lightweight cream goes a long way in hydrating your sunkissed visage. You might even notice a tingling  around your eyes and any area where the skin is particularly delicate or tender. I compare the sensation to the ache you feel after a workout — it’s that whole stings-so-good feeling when you know something is yielding results. Best of all, the face cream leaves the skin hydrated, supple and soft without ever clogging pores or aggitating the skin.

Clinique After-Sun Rescue Balm With Aloe, $20. Visit Clinique.com

Because of its slightly light blue tint, when you first apply this balm, you might, for a moment, question if you accidentally you dabbed some wintry fresh toothpaste on your skin. But don’t freak out — you did put the right product on! As you smooth it on, you’ll feel this gel-like lotion softening and soothing the skin. While I expected Clinique’s After-Sun Balm to be as cooling as an aloe vera gel, it isn’t quite as refreshing. It does, however, relieve parched, chapped and sunburned skin.


H2O Plus After Sun Body Serum, $25. Visit H2OPlus.com

Though this serum looks like a milky lotion when you first pump it onto your palm, as you glide it on your arms and legs, it feels like a cooling, therapeutic gel. The skin absorbs it extremely quickly, so you won’t feel like a grease ball (and I mean that in the literal sense!). One of the things that I loved the most about H2O Plus’ After Sun Body Serum is that it left my skin felling like velvet — heck, like silk! The morning after I’d applied it, I ran my hand along my arms and I noticed that all the tiny bumps on the backs of my arms (tiny, chicken-like bumps which I’ve unfortunately had pretty much since birth) had softened to the touch to the point where they were practically imperceptible. Right then and there, I was sold!

TARA Sun Therapy Tote
Tara Sun Therapy Tote, $22.10. Visit MySpaShop.com

This dainty five-piece set by TARA Spa Therapy includes everything you need for a day of summer fun in the outdoors, with 1 oz. bottles of TARA’s Ultra SPF 15, Lavender Face and Body Mist, Rehydrator Lotion and Recovery Gel, as well as an SPF 15 Cool Mint Lip Balm. The best products in the kit, however, focus on after-sun care. The TARA Recovery Gel, which contains tea tree oil and soothing lavender extract, really helps you offer your parched skin some much-needed relief, while the TARA Rehydrator Lotion cools the skin with aloe vera gel and restores suppleness and elasticity with rosehip oil.

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