cruelty-free, vegan after sun lotions and sprays
These cruelty-free after sun products will help to soothe skin after too much sun exposure. | Polly Haas for LIVEKINDLY

7 Cruelty-Free After Sun Lotions and Sprays (Because Burns Happen)

If you've found yourself with a sore patch of sunburn, these cruelty-free after sun lotions and sprays will help to soothe the pain.

Despite our best efforts, sometimes, we get sunburn. Perhaps you missed a patch when you were slathering yourself with sunscreen, or you forgot to reapply after swimming, it happens. What’s important is how you take care of the affected area after the damage is done. For mild sunburn (this is when the area is a little pink and sore), applying lotions and sprays after sun can help the skin to heal quicker, as well as soothe pain, calm redness, and prevent peeling. So with that in mind, here are our top picks for cruelty-free after sun care. (Important note: if you have more severe burns, as well as symptoms like fever and nausea, after sun products may not be enough. Consult a medical professional as you could be suffering from heatstroke or sun poisoning.) 

Coola's soothing after sun lotion anti-inflammatory ingredients, including rosemary extract.
Coola’s soothing after sun lotion includes anti-inflammatory ingredients, including rosemary extract. | Coola

Coola Radical Recovery Lotion

This vegan after sun lotion will help to heal any sore, overexposed patches of skin. Aloe vera, rosemary extract, and lavender oil, three natural anti-inflammatory ingredients known for their soothing effect on burns, are included in the formula. Plus, it contains sources of antioxidants (which heal cell damage), like sunflower oil. According to Coola, applying this lotion is just like “a wheatgrass shot” for your skin. 

Ouia's after sun soother produces an icy, bubbly foam.
Ouia’s after sun soother produces an icy, bubbly foam. | Ouia

Ouai After Sun Body Soother

Jen Atkin (hairstylist to the stars, including the Kardashian clan) has turned her talents to skincare with her brand Ouai, which offers body and fragrance products in addition to hair care. The company’s cruelty-free after sun is a little different from others on the market; instead of a lotion, the product produces an icy bubbly foam, which provides cooling relief to the burnt area of skin. As well as aloe vera, it also contains refreshing cucumber extract and antioxidant-infused rosehip oil.

A few spritzes from this aloe-infused mist will cool and hydrate burnt skin.
A few spritzes from this aloe-infused mist will cool and hydrate burnt skin. | Herbivore

Herbivore After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist

Herbivore’s answer to vegan after sun includes aloe vera extract (as per) combined with lavender oil and cooling mint. As well as much-needed light relief, the spray will also provide your skin with hydration and moisture, helping it to recover quickly from too much sun exposure. Even if you haven’t got sunburn, you’ll still appreciate the cooling relief from a few spritzes of this mist on your face, so it’s a good one to keep on hand during hot weather.

This lotion contains moisturizing cacao butter and cooling aloe vera.
This lotion contains moisturizing cacao butter and cooling aloe vera. | Sun Bum

Sun Bum Cool Down After Sun Lotion

If you’ve had a long day out in the sun, this cooling lotion will feel like a refreshing glass of ice-cold lemonade for your skin. As well as soothing aloe vera, the formula contains cacao butter. The latter is an effective sunburn treatment because it moisturizes the affected area, helping to prevent the skin from flaking, as well as that dreaded itchy sensation. 

Anti-inflammatory chamomile is a key ingredient in this hydrating after sun lotion.
Anti-inflammatory chamomile is a key ingredient in this hydrating after sun lotion. | Green People

Green People Hydrating After Sun

Green People’s after sun is all about keeping burnt skin moisturized, cool, and hydrated. In addition to aloe vera (evidently the goddess of after sun care), it contains mint and chamomile. Because of its soothing anti-inflammatory properties, the latter is often used in home remedies for burn and other skin ailments, like rosacea. If you love the sensation of this hydrating formula on your skin, there’s no need to wait for sun exposure; the product can be used all year round as a post-shower body lotion.

Pacifica's after sun body spray is light and refreshing.
Pacifica’s after sun body spray is light and refreshing. | Pacifica Beauty

Pacifica After Sun Body Spray

If you prefer a light mist over a thicker body lotion, this after sun body spray could suit you perfectly. A few spritzes over the affected area will help to cool down the burn, as well as keep the skin hydrated. In addition to aloe vera and chamomile, this spray also contains caffeine (which, interestingly, some researchers have linked to a potentially lower risk of skin cancer). For extra icy relief, store this spray in the fridge until you’re ready to use. 

This aloe vera gel will soothe and hydrate damaged skin.
This aloe vera gel will soothe and hydrate damaged skin. | Grace & Stella

Grace & Stella Aloe Vera Gel

As you may have guessed from reading this list, aloe vera is a recurring ingredient in after sun products. It’s no surprise; the plant has been used across cultures for centuries to heal skin ailments. It’s rich in a number of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to repair cell damage, vitamin A, which supports the skin’s natural healing process, and vitamin B12, which plays an important role in cell production. Like other aloe-infused products, this gel will calm damaged skin and leave you feeling soothed and hydrated after use. 

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