The Best After-Sun Products to Soothe and Cool Summer Skin

The Best After-Sun Products to Soothe and Cool Summer Skin

Beach days call for sunscreen and lots of it. Ditto for lazy weekends by the pool, patio brunches or basically any time you’re outside this summer. While it’s imperative to apply (and reapply) SPF, it’s also important to think about what products to apply after lounging in the sun all day to ensure skin stays balanced and nourished. That’s where after-sun products come into play.In addition to causing bright red and painful sunburns, the sun’s rays can also seriously dry out your skin and cause irritation. Therefore, it’s wise to have nourishing products that counteract the sun’s damage. There are actually a bunch of after-sun products that do just that. Handily, they are sitting on the shelves next to the endless bottles of sunscreen. They often contain super soothing ingredients like cooling aloe vera and moisturizing shea butter to help calm your skin and keep it silky smooth.But there’s no need to lug around after-sun products in your beach bag. You should just make sure they’re handy in your bathroom vanity. See below for the ones that will see you and your skin through the rest of the season. Avène After Sun Repair Creamy Gel, $31.95 at The French Cosmetics ClubIf you’re a fan of the brand’s refreshing and soothing Thermal Spring Water mist, you’re going to love this after-sun pick. It offers an immediate cooling effect and absorbs quickly without leaving any greasy residue behind. It also boasts ceramides, plant sterols and fatty acids to restore your skin’s barrier and prevent moisture loss. Burt’s Bees Aloe & Coconut Oil After Sun Soother, $7.69 at WalmartThis bargain buy still gets the job done thanks to natural aloe vera extract and hydration helper coconut oil. Formulated to replenish and recondition skin after sun exposure, the fast-absorbing and nongreasy face and body lotion doesn’t contain any parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS. Korres Greek Yoghurt Calming + Cooling Gel, $28 at KorresNothing beats frozen yogurt on a hot day and this cooling gel is the froyo equivalent for bodies and faces. It’s made with real Greek yogurt, sweet almond oil and soybean oil to tackle irritated and sunburned skin. And it works as soon as it’s applied to skin.  Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm With Aloe, $33 at Macy’sDon’t wait until skin turns red and peels to take action. Start now. This aloe-rich treatment provides relief for faces and bodies. And unlike some sun care products, it won’t cause breakouts. The formula is oil-free and non-acnegenic. Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist, $30 at FarmaestheticsAloe is one of the best soothing skin care ingredients around. And this cooling mist is packed with aloe vera juice along with lecithin, lavender essential oil and bergamot essential oil. Spritz the natural and organic product from head to toes to stop overheating. The nonirritating formula also reduces inflammation, disinfects, regulates oil production and helps you relax. Ahh. COOLA Radical Recovery Eco-Cert Organic After Sun Lotion, $32 at Ulta BeautyIn danger of overheating? Slather on this after-sun lotion. It is clinically proven to provide sunburn relief. What’s more, the cruelty-free product uses organic agave’s natural moisture-binding mechanisms to protect skin against environmental aggressors, making it suitable for year-round use.  Yon-Ka Paris Lait Apres-Soleil Repairing After-Sun Milk, $54 at Yon-Ka ParisThose whose French is limited to “bonjour” and “merci” should know that “après-soleil” means “after sun.” And this is one soothing after-sun product that shouldn’t be overlooked because of a language barrier. The nourishing milk is formulated with cooling cucumber and a blend of vitamins and botanicals to put back what the sun took away from skin. Use it on faces and bodies. Sun Bum After Sun Cool Down Lotion, $11.99 at Sun BumBeach bunnies can bring their skin back to its former glory with this lightweight gel. It’s rich in vitamin E, cocoa butter and aloe so it calms as it moisturizes. The formula is also 100 percent vegan and gluten-free.  Phyto Phytoplage Sublime After Sun Oil, $44.23 at WalmartThe sun can mess with hair as much as it can skin. Thankfully, this nourishing oil can be applied from head to toe to counteract any damage. It makes use of under-the-radar oils, including annatto, perilla, buriti and camellia to produce an effective formula that’s 98 percent natural. Apply the oil to skin after bathing. It can also be applied to tresses pre-shampoo or after styling.   Mantra Mask CBD After Sun Mask, $15 at Mantra MaskThere really is a sheet mask for everything, including sun exposure. These masks include CBD plus powerful antioxidants, like chamomile, calendula and aloe vera. They soothe sun damage, reduce inflammation and fight free radicals. [ Next: 12 (Delicious) Superfoods That Help Fight Sun Damage ]

Caprese Sandwich

Caprese Sandwich

This Caprese sandwich is a stunning crowd pleaser! Layer tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto aioli for a splash of flavor.

What’s better than the classic combination of tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil? Not much, in our opinion. So try this summery delight: the Caprese sandwich! This riff on the classic Italian salad from Capri layers the classic ingredients as a sandwich filling, with an irresistibly creamy, pesto aioli that adds a pop of savory brightness to each bite. It’s the perfect idea for an easy no-cook summer dinner, picnics, and more. When our son Larson tried a bite, he said, “Can we eat this every day?” We felt the same!

Ingredients in a Caprese sandwich

A Caprese sandwich is a sandwich that uses the ingredients in the classic Italian Caprese salad: tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. There are many variations on this concept, sometimes using arugula, balsamic vinegar, or other spreads to embellish the sandwich. The traditional Italian version of Caprese salad doesn’t use balsamic vinegar or reduction and we don’t think the flavor pairs correctly, so you won’t need that here. For this recipe, we’ve used our fan-favorite pesto aioli as a creamy spread that adds a pop of savory flavor to each bite.

Here’s what you’ll need for this Caprese sandwich:

Ciabatta bread or other artisan bread: This Italian bread is soft and perfect for sandwiches! Steer clear of a French baguette, which can be tough to bite through. Any other type of artisan bread works! Ripe tomatoes: This is a must! This sandwich only works with the ripest, juiciest tomatoes, much like a good BLT. Fresh mozzarella cheese: Purchase it in an 8 ounce ball and slice off slices for the sandwich. Fresh basil: All you need is a handful of leaves per sandwich. Baby arugula: Arugula adds a bit of texture and flavor variation. Make sure to buy baby arugula in a box or bag, which has a feathery texture and milder flavor. Avoid mature arugula that’s sold in bunches: the flavor is too strong. Pesto aioli: This is the kicker! The pesto aioli blends basil, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese and lemon juice and absolutely makes the sandwich. Do not leave it out!

Tips for making the pesto aioli

The key to any good sandwich? A great sandwich spread. You absolutely cannot have a dry sandwich with unseasoned bread. Here, the pesto aioli adds just the right creaminess and seasoning to the entire sandwich. Here’s what to know about the pesto aioli:

Use a large or small food processor. A small blender would also work. It works for several sandwiches. The quantity you’ll end up with is 10 tablespoons, so depending on how much you use it should work for 3 to 4 sandwiches. You can make it in advance and store refrigerated. Keep in mind, the color does fade slightly over time.

Make ahead for a Caprese sandwich

This Caprese sandwich is perfect for a picnic: but does it hold up over time? Yes! Some sandwiches get soggy over time, but this one holds up well. However, you’ll want to keep the following in mind:

Spread each bread side with pesto aioli and have a layer of arugula and basil over each. This protects the bread from direct contact with the tomato or mozzarella, which can make it soggy. If serving within 2 hours, refrigeration is not needed. The mayo in the sandwich spread should be refrigerated after 2 hours. Otherwise, wrap and refrigerate or keep in a cooler until serving. The bread does become tougher when refrigerated, so allow the sandwich to come to room temperature before serving if possible.

Alternate method

You can also make a Caprese sandwich as a panini or hot sandwich, like the Panera Caprese sandwich. Simply use sliced sandwich bread to build the sandwich. Then toast it in a panini press for 3 to 4 minutes, or grill in a grill pan or skillet for 2 minutes per side.

More Caprese themed foods

Caprese has become a shorthand for anything that stars tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. Of course, nothing beats the classic Caprese salad, made the Italian way with a drizzle of great olive oil and salt. Here are a few variations on the theme:

This Caprese sandwich recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, serve on gluten-free bread.


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This Caprese sandwich is a stunning crowd pleaser! Layer tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto aioli for a splash of flavor.

For the sandwich

2 slices ciabatta bread
2 slices ripe tomato
2 slices fresh mozzarella cheese (1 ounce)
1 handful baby arugula
1 handful basil leaves
2 to 3 tablespoons pesto aioli (see below)

For the pesto aioli (makes 10 tablespoons)

1 medium garlic clove
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup high quality mayonnaise

Make the pesto aioli: In a food processor, blend the garlic until roughly chopped. Add the basil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt and mayonnaise. Blend until a smooth, creamy sauce forms. (Store leftovers refrigerated for 2 weeks.)
Season the tomato slices with a pinch of salt. On each slice of bread, slather the pesto aioli. Build the sandwich by layering half the arugula and basil, the tomato slices, mozzarella slices, more arugula and basil, and then the aioli-slathered bread. Enjoy immediately, or wrap and refrigerate until serving.

Category: SandwichMethod: No CookCuisine: SummerDiet: Vegetarian

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Victoria Beckham Returns to the Cover of Vogue Australia for July 2022

Victoria Beckham Returns to the Cover of Vogue Australia for July 2022

Victoria Beckham is certainly no stranger to the cover of Vogue. After landing her very first solo cover back in 2004, she’s covered just about every single edition of the fashion bible, including British Vogue (multiple times), Vogue Greece, Vogue Korea, Vogue Turkey, Vogue Spain, Vogue Poland and has even guest edited Vogue Paris. The fashion icon now appears on Vogue Australia for the fifth time for July 2022. Captured by Daniel Jackson and styled by Christine Centenera, the designer/beauty mogul wears a huge Marc Jacobs coat worn over a silk Gucci dress. IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.AUMembers of our forums, however, aren’t impressed. “Some combination of retouching/lighting/expression on her face is ruining it a bit for me,” said KINGofVERSAILLES.“Her pose ruins it,” voiced VogueGirl8910.“Nothing works,” oaklee91 chimed in.[ Not a tFS forum member yet? Click here to join! ]“Initial reaction: Why is she carrying trash?” questioned MON.“Never minded the sight of Victoria Beckham on the cover of Vogue, but this isn’t her finest moment. She looks caught off guard in the cover photograph and I’m not a fan of the Marc Jacobs coat, which resembles a trash bag,” echoed vogue28.WAVES is also not jumping for joy: “She must sell really well in Australia. I feel like she’s been on the cover too many times. What is she promoting?”“Victoria always made the most of what she was given and loves hamming it up for any photoshoot…” added tigerrouge.Are you a fan? Check out Victoria’s cover shoot and share your thoughts here.