For the very last of our 'Summer Sun Award-winners', we bring you the best after-suns under the sun. (Or maybe the sunset?) The perfect after-sun not only restores moisture, but can actually help prolong a tan. And of course, the sheer pleasure factor should invite diligent slathering, after you leave the beach or pool and shower away the day. Our testers rated these very highly... Guerlain Terracotta Aftersun Cream
From a legendary range now 30 years old, this new Guerlain product hydrates intensely – with camellia and jojoba seed oil plus an innovative plant micro-patch infused with an amino acid that promises to ‘diffuse a continual flow of moisture to the heart of the epidermis’. Plus, it offers their Tan Booster complex, based on an ingredient from the carob tree, to give you that little bit of extra golden glow.
Comments: ‘Skin looked soft, hydrated and supple - I would like a lorry load please!' • ‘completely blissful to apply, absorbed almost immediately and smelt delicious – warm, soft and sensual' • ‘nicely cooling and refreshing on skin and left a slight tan – gave an instant feel good factor' • ‘I really enjoyed this product and had lots of compliments on the fragrance'.
Lavera After Sun Lotion
This totally natural, vegan after sun offers a rehydrating combination of organic shea butter and sunflower seed oil to prevent skin becoming dry and flaky, plus skin-cooling aloe vera and calendula to reduce redness and soreness.
Comments: ‘Skin felt well hydrated, smooth and silky - good for hot, dry or flaky skin' • ‘goes into skin beautifully and you don't need very much. Loved the very summery soothing scent' • ‘perfect texture, not too thick or runny, made my skin incredibly soft very quickly' • ‘like being enveloped in a silky marshmallow!'
L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Nourishing Body Lotion /Tan Optimiser
A brilliant ‘Beauty Steal’, this double duty product promises 48-hour hydration for dry areas – with four oils fruit oils, plus a self-tanner: perfect if you have only managed a day or two of sun exposure. NB the main ingredient after water is mineral oil (paraffinum liquidum) so it may not suit skintypes that are prone to congestion.
Comments: ‘Easy to apply from pump action dispenser, went on beautifully and moisturised instantly, left skin extremely soft and slightly golden' • ‘I don't usually use a tan enhancer but it is a good idea and I like the result; I needed two applications to see much effect' • ‘relieved dryness and tightness, reasonable price but feels more indulgent than the basic after sun I normally use' • ‘smooth silky lotion that smelt like summer holidays; I’m not usually a fan of fruit fragrances but I would be quite happy wafting of this in the summer'.
L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Nourishing Body Lotion /Tan Optimiser/£6.99 for 250 ml - buy here