In an esthetician’s perfect world, everyone would regularly apply SPF, would cover up in sun protective clothing, and seek shade when possible.  But even in this perfect world, sun exposure would still happen, and oxidative stress from heat is often unavoidable.  Let’s go over the best steps to take after sun and heat exposure.

change your routine

Taking the best care of your skin is vital after sun damage, so let’s first cover what NOT to use. Avoid products that contain these ingredients right after a day of the sun:

  • Retinol
  • Exfoliating acids
  • Exfolitating scrubs 

These products, while important in a regular skincare routine, can be especially irritating to damaged skin.  Be sure to wait until your skin feels normal again before using them, usually around 2 days. If you still have any redness, itchiness, peeling or sensitivity, then wait longer before reintroducing them. 


Step one is to hydrate your skin as much as possible. And remember, for your skin to “drink in” the maximum amount of moisture, it has to be clean. So, cleanse first-but be gentle! Your skin has already been traumatized; it needs to be pampered now. Rhonda Allison’s Milk Plus Cleanser, with natural milk, foaming peptides and yogurt extract, is a good choice to clean your aching skin.

Next, a moisturizer with aloe will help the healing process begin. Aloe’s superior healing qualities, including its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial action, as well as its ability to promote cell growth, make it ideal for after-sun care.

Finally, once the aloe has done its work and your skin is getting back to normal, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about a deep hydrating facial and/or back treatment. Sun damage is the prime cause of premature aging and you’ll want to attack the damage below the surface to make sure that your skin stays soft and fresh.

Seek professional help

For more information on how to prevent sun damage in the first place and advice on beauty products to keep your skin soft, hydrated and healthy, please contact us at 702-496-2066 or schedule your appointment online today.