How does after sun work?

12/05/2020 — By Hannah Mepham

How does after sun work?

No matter how well you protect your skin, no sun lotion can offer 100% protection against UV rays. That’s why it is important to include a natural after sun lotion in your sun care regime to help keep your skin in top condition.


How does after sun work?

Although after sun is something many people use, not everyone is aware how after sun works or what it does, other than providing cooling relief to sunburnt skin.

Green People’s Hydrating After Sun helps to repair your skin and replenish lost moisture.

As well as soothing and hydrating your skin, the antioxidants in this organic after sun help to prevent damage from free radicals, which can linger on the skin even once you are out of the sun.

Free radicals are spawned when UV rays come into contact with your skin. They cause a chain reaction of damage to skin cells, resulting in premature skin ageing.

Antioxidants effectively neutralise free radicals and prevent the chain reaction from occurring, helping to reduce further damage that may occur after sun exposure.

Rosemary is a rich source of powerful, natural antioxidants and is included in Green People’s Hydrating After Sun to help protect your skin from damage and to reduce inflammation.

It is important to apply an antioxidant-rich after sun as soon as possible after sun exposure.


“Loved this. Best after sun I have used. Skin feels moisturised soothed and fresh. Not too heavy or rich.”


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Organic Children Aloe Vera Lotion & After Sun 150ml
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Aloe Vera: nature’s after sun


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It is well known that Aloe Vera is an effective, natural skin healer and is used widely as an ingredient in after sun.

But despite appearing prominently on the packaging of many high street after suns, it may only be used at low levels.

Add to this the chemical nasties found in some after sun lotions, such as drying alcohol and mineral oil, and the benefits of the Aloe Vera may be all but cancelled out.

Green People uses organic Aloe Vera combined with naturally calming and restorative plant oils and extracts, such as Peppermint and Myrrh, to gently soothe sun-tired skin and deliver intense, lasting hydration.

Choose an after sun suitable for sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is more likely to have a weakened barrier function, which may make it more susceptible to damage from UV radiation. This makes using an after sun even more important.

Despite this greater need for an effective, restorative after sun, even natural after sun may contain essential oils that may be irritating for sensitive skin.

Green People’s Scent Free Hand & Body Lotion is extremely gentle, calming and suitable for ultra-sensitive skin, including those prone to eczema and prickly heat. 


“A lovely soothing product. I have sensitive skin and this is perfect, no reaction.”


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Want your tan to last longer?

Using a hydrating and nourishing after sun also helps to prolong your tan and prevent peeling.

Apply your after sun every day after showering to increase the longevity of your golden glow and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy, smooth and vibrant.

Another way to extend the life of your tan is to take cool showers rather than hot. Hot showers can be very drying, so a cool shower keeps as much moisture in your skin as possible. 


Do you have any questions about natural after sun? Please get in touch by leaving a comment below, or you can contact our friendly customer care team at or call 01403 740350.

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