The more tan (or burned) the skin gets, the more hydration it loses. So, where to begin when it comes to giving ourselves a little post-sun love? Well, number one, it’s important to stay hydrated, so drink up that water (not soda or liquor which are dehydrating).

The most popular and well research after-sun skin care ingredient is none-other than aloe vera. It has a tremendous cooling effect and moisturizing ability. Best of all, it does have anti-inflammatory properties which ease the discomfort of a burn. Be careful that alcohol is not part of the ingredients which leads to further drying and discomfort.

An old-fashioned summer season skin care remedy is the application of cold wash-cloths doused with cold apple-cider vinegar. There is anti-bacterial protection by doing this and some analgesic effect to fight the pain.

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology did substantial research that suggested taking doses of oral vitamin D after a sunburn.  It is believed this could reduce inflammation and the effects of the burn. Exactly how much should be taken is a matter of debate, but 1 – 2 capsules daily immediately following a burn is a safe starting point.

For those seeking as natural an alternative as possible for summer season skin care, use freshly brewed green tea (cooled down of course). It can be used as a cold compress or put in a spray bottle as a spritz. Tea works to reduce inflammation because the tannic acid draws out the heat while also soothing the skin.