Ease the pain of too much sun exposure with these five soothing concoctions

By Renee Cherry
July 23, 2018

Not everyone feels the same about sunbathing. Some think sun isn't the end of the world, others reapply SPF like it's their job (which you should-skin cancer is very, very real). But there's one thing we can all agree on: sunburns suck. It's never fun to walk inside after a day at the beach to discover that you've been burnt to a crisp. Grab one of these soothing skin products for instant relief next time you're caught by surprise. (And seriously, wear at least SPF 30 next time.)

1. COOLA ER+ Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion

This moisturizing lotion contains agave, which helps soothe sunburns. The flavonoids in agave encourage wound healing and genins in the plant have anti-inflammatory properties, according to a study published in the Journal of Basic and Clinical Pharmacy. And the lotion's ingredient list earns Sephora's new clean seal. (Here are more products that have earned the distinction.)

To buy: $32; sephora.com

2. Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist

If you're so burnt that the thought of rubbing on lotion makes you cringe, try this mist instead for a gentler application. It combines aloe vera, lavender, and bergamot for a heavenly cooling effect.

To buy: $26; farmaesthetics.com

3. Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment

If a bad sunburn has you feeling really uncomfortable, you'll probably feel like taking a bath (and never leaving). Make your bath even better with Aveeno's Soothing Bath Treatment. It has colloidal oatmeal which has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. The oatmeal-filled treatment is also targeted to soothe rashes, insect bites, chicken pox, hives, and eczema.

To buy: $7 for 8 packets; walmart.com

4. Burt's Bees Aloe & Coconut Oil After Sun Soother

Slather on this soothing lotion from Burt's Bees, which has coconut oil, bee pollen, and aloe vera. So basically, it's a recipe for relieved, moisturized skin. (Related: Woman Shares Eye-Opening Photos About the Effects of Tanning on Her Skin)

To buy: $10; burtsbees.com

5. Up & UP Aloe Vera Gel

For a tried and true option, just stick to a classic sunburn remedy. A review of dermatological studies found that aloe vera is effective for burns, wound healing, and inflammation. This generously sized bottle of aloe vera gel will only set you back $5, and applying it feels soooo satisfying.

To buy: $5; target.com