Healthy tan – best after-sun skincare products

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A good quality SPF reapplied every few hours is essential for a day at the beach. But if you still come home burnt as yesterday’s BBQ – this is New Zealand after all – an after-sun routine is crucial to keep your skin healthy and glowing. The focus team tested a number of after-sun potions and lotions and share our favourites with you.

AFTER SUN SOOTHING GEL, RITO COOK ISLANDS

$39

Niche skincare brands are always about high quality local ingredients and Rito Cook Islands falls into this category. It is the only premium skincare brand made in the Cook Islands. The abyssine, Tamanu oils, coconut oil and Makaku extract in the After Sun Soothing Gel work wonders at calming, healing and moisturising the skin. It’s quickly absorbed, and applying it with closed eyes actually makes you feel like you’re vacaying in Raro – all thanks to the wonderful tropical smell. Available from Serenity Spa, Tauranga.

SOLEIL CC CREAM, KÉRASTASE

$48

Ignoring hats on hot days means your hair can get damaged easily. And while prevention is always better than treatment, if you accidentally leave your hat on the bench, make sure you don’t forget to use Soleil when you’re back home. Fueled with linseed and safflower oil, ceramides and anti-oxidants, it softens, nourishes and protects hair. The best part about this treatment is that it can be applied to dry hair and doesn’t require rinsing – so easy to use!

MASKERADE FACIAL MASK, VOYA

$89

This gorgeous product was created to calm and moisturise irritated and sensitive skin. The mask contains seaweed, antioxidants, pro-collagen and chamomile extracts, which cool the skin down but also leave it feeling really hydrated and soft. The instructions recommend leaving the mask on for ten minutes before rinsing off with warm water, and using it twice a week. By accident, we found the mask also works well on men’s shaving rash.

AFTER SUN MOISTURE LOTION, NIVEA

$10.49

The champion moisturiser for calming down red skin. This lotion literally needs only a few minutes to soothe itchy, dry sunburnt skin. The quick-absorbing, non-greasy, light formula, with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and avocado oil is hydrating and protects the skin against premature ageing.

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