I'm really careful about sun care, and I strongly believe that prevention is better than cure - I wear Green People's sun lotions, and reapply regularly. I also sit in the shade (often with a book!) and cover my body with clothing and straw hats.
But very occasionally, I get caught out.
This occasion was unexpected, and very specific - I was travelling in a rented white van, as Dan and I moved some furniture to my parent's home. White vans make you really high up, and the windows are really big and glassy, so we were basically roasting in a goldfish bowl.
I didn't get properly burnt, but I looked slightly browner on my décolletage (always an awful place to catch the sun) and my nose was peeling ever so slightly.
So, I panicked, slathered my self in these three products, and noticed that a few days later, not only did the peeling completely disappear, but my skin looked wonderfully nourished, and just better.
Organic, raw, cold pressed, coconut oil - every bath I had for the week after, I covered my décolletage in Biona raw organic coconut oil - the coconut oil that is normally in my kitchen, patiently waiting for recipes. I know that coconut oil has a myriad of beauty uses, but I love eating it so much that I often keep it in the kitchen, and use avocado oil instead. But I need to incorporate it into my beauty routine on a regular basis - it's so good. As well as being highly moisturising and anti bacterial, coconut oil also has slight protective properties against the sun (but is no substitute for sun lotion) - I've found it to be perfect as an aftersun, or for healing small cuts and bruises. Natural aloe vera gel would also be good as an aftersun.
Pai BioRegnerate Rosehip Oil. I know I witter on about this rosehip oil more than is necessary, but it perfectly healed my face after being in the sun slightly too long. I've said it before, but this is the only rosehip oil that you need - it includes 'Trans-Retinoic Acid - an essential fuel for the skin's natural repair function.' Translation - I no longer had a peeling nose.
Green People After Sun - this was my choice in the morning, or at any time when slathering myself in coconut oil like a slippery baby seal wasn't an option. It's incredibly slight, and has the gorgeous scent of peppermint. I would use it all year round as a delicate body moisturiser - it's really good for dehydrated skin. There are lots of calming ingredients in this lotion: calendula, aloe vera, peppermint, and myrrh (I knew about the other three, but had no idea that myrrh had such healing properties!).
Do you have any good aftersun suggestions? Or sun lotions that you're in love with? I love hearing suggestions for natural and organic beauty products.