The Sunburn Solution You Don’t Know About (Hint: It’s Not Aloe)

In this day and age, nobody intends to get burned, but sometimes it just happens. Even to the most well-meaning of skin protectors and SPF wearers, the sun can get sneaky, and you head home after a summery day looking as red as a lobster—and feeling it. In the unfortunate instance of a sunburn, we're here to let you in on the secret that you and your beach bag have been missing: the world of "after-sun" products. Even better than conventional aloe, these products combine the best of the best soothing, healing, moisturizing, and replenishing ingredients to serve multiple much-needed purposes at once: They cool you down; repair and hydrate your dry, itchy skin; calm and soothe the unbearable itching; and turn that inflamed, tomato-red skin into a tan real quick. Often containing aloe, they also pack sunburn relief powerhouses like black licorice root extract, vitamin E, and green tea. You'd be remiss not to have an after-sun product on hand this summer, so we've rounded up the best performers on the market, for curing a sunburn faster than you say "ouch." Keep scrolling to discover your new summer necessity.