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Soothing Products to Help Heal Your Sun Burn


When the weather is glorious, it’s human nature to make the most of it and spend as much time as possible outdoors, soaking up those summer rays. With all the media attention given to Vitamin D deficiency, you would be forgiven for thinking that plenty of sun exposure could only be a good thing. And it is – providing you don’t get burnt.

Too much sun can age skin prematurely and increase the risks of getting skin cancer and no bronze glow is worth that. So if you’ve overdone the tanning and find yourself with red, flaky skin, let PretAirporter come to the rescue. We’ve found the best products for sunburnt skin available at airport shops.

Cool down

Rituals Karma Shower Foam is gentle on skin and perfect for a cooling shower. It’s currently available at London Stansted Airport.


There are many lotions available that can help replace moisture and soothe your skin. Products that contain aloe vera can be particularly effective, as it can help to reduce inflammation.

But if aloe’s not your favourite, you could try oat, soy, coconut, lavender, chamomile, tea, cucumber or witch hazel products. Avoid products containing petrolatum, however, as this is very good at trapping heat due to its waxy consistency and will aggravate skin further. It’s important to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, too.

These travel exclusive products are sold in airports worldwide.

Green tea, lavender and other botanicals make this set from Elizabeth Arden kind on skin

Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief 75ml, Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief 30ml & All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage 15ml

E-asy Does It

Vitamin E is beneficial for sun burn as it is a powerful antioxidant – helping to reduce inflammation and rid your body of damaging free radicals. You can use products enriched with vitamin E, but also try boosting your diet with rich food sources (think walnuts, avocado, oily fish) to help reduce redness.

Pick up this Jo Malone cream enriched with Vitamin E at World Duty Free stores.

Jo Malone Vitamin E Cream also has a an SPF of 15


Prevention Is Better Than A Cure

To avoid sunburn, remember to apply sun protection (at least SPF 30) regularly. There are a variety of products available, such as sprays and foundations, if you’re not a fan of those heavy creams. Make these sun creams part of your duty free shopping spree and stay protected.

Clarins Travel Exclusive Set caters for all your sun protection needs


Biotherm Dry Touch Spray is a great alternative to heavy creams.
Shiseido UV Protection Compact Foundation Duo Set is available at duty free shops until September 2017

Cover up by wearing lightweight clothing, hats and sunnies and avoid too much exposure when the sun is hottest between 11am and 3pm.

This Portia wide brimmed hat is available at Oliver Bonas airport stores.

Lastly, if you experience blistering or swelling, chills, fever or symptoms of heat stroke then it’s time to put away the aftersun gel and seek medical advice.

Zoë Pincombe
written by: Zoë Pincombe
Just out of university, Zoë comes from South West England. Enthusiastic about all things food and wine related, she enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures.