Did Memorial Day Weekend do you dirty as far as sunburns? You’re guaranteed to not be the only one. That first sunburn of the year always surprises us, even though we know we should be preparing more and swear that we’ll do better with our sunscreen as the season goes on. Nevertheless, if you find that you’re desperate for an ice bath, can’t stop scratching an itchy burn or are absolutely traumatized by a nasty red line or flaky peeling, you’re in need of some after-sun product.
Ideally, you’ll want something with aloe vera. The extract of the plant is outfitted with its natural anti-inflammatory properties that ease irritated, damaged skin -- in most cases, sun-damaged skin -- and packs on the hydration. And while sunburns naturally heal on their own (hopefully at least leaving behind the glow of a tan), aloe vera can speed up that process.
Of course, other ingredients out there are helpful in treating minor sunburns as well, so next time you find yourself worse for wear after falling asleep on the beach, reach for something like these.