Even if you’re vigilant about UV protection 99% of the time, one unprotected day in the sun can cause redness, irritation, and inflammation. Here’s what you need to get your post-sun skin back on track

Summer has been a great one this year that came with plenty of sunshine. All of that basking in the warmth of the glorious outdoors shouldn’t have been a problem. Right?

Well… maybe.

Let’s be clear – sunlight is a fundamentally good thing. Exposure to sunlight is thought to influence our production of serotonin, a hormone that triggers feelings of satisfaction and calm. Sunlight also causes the body to synthesize vitamin D3, which offers immune system support and plays a role in mitigating depression. 

Unfortunately, too much sun exposure can have devastating effects on our skin, from sunburn, to premature aging, to certain cancers.

Sun protection, while important, requires vigilance. Even if we apply a generous amount of SPF 50 sunscreen 20 minutes before heading outdoors, we might not think to reapply it after a few hours, leaving us vulnerable to the uncomfortable after-effects of a day in the rays.

However, if your skin is a little sensitive at the end of the day, there are things you can do to mitigate some of the damage.

At Shop WestDerm, we offer a line of soothing products designed to repair and care for delicate skin in need of a little TLC. Here are a few products that will help you soothe and hydrate your skin after a day’s worth of rays.

EltaMD Skin Recovery Serum 
Even a relatively short time in direct sunlight can lead to skin inflammation, redness, and irritation. EltaMD Skin Recovery Serum is designed to repair and enhance the skin’s barrier, the top layer of skin that protects your body from toxins – the same barrier that can become damaged after a carefree day in the sun. Noncomedogenic and free of fragrance, parabens, dyes, oils, and potential irritants, this serum is the perfect antidote to harsh sunlight and other environmental stressors. 

West Derm Botanical Calming & Correcting Serum 
This specially engineered intensive antioxidant formula combines the power of science with the soothing natural wonders of highly effective botanical ingredients like calming green tea polyphenols, soothing willow bark extract, and skin-brightening vitamin C. Perfect for your after-sun care routine!

Alastin Soothe + Protect Recovery Balm 
If you’re feeling the burn of your day in the sun, try this rich, luxurious, moisturizing balm designed to rejuvenate and protect delicate, sensitive, inflamed skin. With powerful hydrating and calming antioxidant ingredients like chamomile extract and shea butter, this beauty balm will help your skin stay healthy and radiant.

West Derm Lipid Replenishing Cream 
After a day spent frolicking in the sun, your body needs nourishment – and so does your skin! This rich, restorative cream delivers exceptional collagen support and gives your sensitive skin barrier a healthy boost of free radical-defying antioxidants.

West Derm Ultimate Hydration Regimen 
For the ultimate beauty boost, give yourself the gift of full, soothing hydration! Our comprehensive line of antioxidant-intensive, damage-repairing products will give your tender skin the extra care it needs, day and night.

While a good aftercare program can help keep your skin healthy, the best defense against sun damage is an excellent offense. Protect your skin by scheduling regular appointments with the skin specialists at WestDerm. Schedule an appointment with our team today!
Rachelle Riley