A day in the sun can leave behind more than just lasting fond memories of fun with friends and family. The harsh effects of the sun's ultraviolet energy can take a toll on your skin. Fortunately, you can take steps to address the after effects of sun exposure with the right skin care products. CVS stocks a diverse assortment of after sun care solutions with options to suit every need. You can check out all of the products to find out what's available to purchase online or at your local store.
The sun emits radiation in the form of ultraviolet energy or UV. Prolonged exposure to UV can cause an inflammatory response in your skin. Areas that have been exposed to the sun may become red, swollen, and painful. Gradually, the redness fades, and the skin may begin to peel in the affected area. This response to sun exposure is commonly referred to as sunburn. Even when sunburn does not occur, sun exposure can leave skin dry and itchy. After sun care products are formulated to address sunburn and dryness due to UV exposure.
Aloe vera is commonly used for after sun care. An extract from a succulent, aloe vera has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. When applied to sunburned skin, aloe vera can ease pain, swelling, and redness. You can choose from a wide variety of aloe vera products. Gels are a popular option as they have a pleasant cooling effect and are easy to apply. Aloe vera creams and sprays are also available. Some after sun care moisturizers are enriched with aloe vera, treating you to the benefits of the herbal extract while also replenishing lost moisture.
When the pain of sunburn interferes with your sleep or your daily activities, after sun care products with topical anesthetic can temporarily ease the discomfort. Topical anesthetics block nerve signals in the areas where they are applied, numbing the skin to soothe pain. Lidocaine is a commonly used topical anesthetic in after sun care products. Your health care provider can help you determine which products are best for your after sun care needs.
Over time, repeated sun exposure can increase your risk of developing certain types of skin cancer and premature signs of aging. That's why experts recommend that you protect your skin by using sunscreen. Applying sunscreen as directed can reduce your risk of the long-term consequences of sun exposure and make you less likely to develop painful sunburn. CVS stocks a huge selection of sunscreen products online and in stores.