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I have a confession to make: I’m a terribly pale Irish/French girl, and every summer I try to convince myself that I can become a bronzed goddess while not damaging my skin or burning. I’m never successful at this. If I lather on anything less than SPF 50 before hitting the beach I turn into a crispy critter. Then I end up practically bathing in sticky aloe for weeks in an attempt to soothe my toasted skin. But there’s got to be something better than aloe, right? Yes! There’s Korres After-Sun Yoghurt Cooling Gel and our latest Green Monday review!
When you ask a modern beauty maven to name one of the best natural brands, the first thing out of her mouth will often be a very enthusiastic “Korres!” This Greek king of natural beauty has been on the forefront since 1996, and has become a world wide favorite, all while maintaining their core values. Sephora has declared Korres formulas “among the most environmentally friendly and skin compatible available today” and it has become one of their most popular lines for green minded beauty lovers.
I’ve been a fan of Korres for years so needless to say I was thrilled to have the chance to test out the After-Sun Yoghurt Cooling Gel ($23.50). Part of the Korres sun line, it promises to instantly refresh skin, relieve the pain and redness of burns, and provide relief to dehydrated skin with the emollient properties of yoghurt (a natural source of proteins, minerals and vitamins) and plant extracts. Sign me up! Additionally, this natural gel is formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals and other yucky stuff.
I recently spent a very fateful day at the beach with friends. I diligently applied my sunscreen to every bit of exposed skin and plopped myself into a beach chair. Hours later I was feeling pretty warm as were my cohorts. We headed inside and began to inspect our skin. I noticed that I was a little pink, but it wasn’t too bad. I grabbed the After-Sun gel from the fridge and had my husband help me apply it all over.
Like all Korres products, the scent is nothing short of ah-maz-ing! I couldn’t help myself, I kept bringing my arms to my nose to take another sniff. I can’t quite place it, but the smell is almost like magnolias dipped in plain, fresh yoghurt, the kind you make yourself. Yum!
The After-Sun gel is super hydrating, non-greasy and just a bit sticky. After a day in the sun your skin will need some major hydration no matter how much water you drink or SPF you apply. I would recommend a cool shower and an application of this gel on freshly cleansed skin. It absorbed right into my skin in a way that aloe never has.
Despite it’s promises I was still feeling the burn. My sunscreen must have been expired, because what started out as a light pink burn cooked me from the inside out and my burn got worse as the night went on. Korres claims that this gel “instantly relieve(s) excessive heat and stinging,” and I’ll be curious to see what my fellow wht testers (who didn’t get an excessive burn!) say about the pain relief. To put my dreadful burn in perspective, a month later and I was still peeling!
Finally, Korres uses minimal packaging with all their products which I appreciate, but this packaging had some issues. I think more of the gel oozed out from the bottom of the bottle than the top! I used it from either end, but it was pretty messy.
Overall, I liked the After-Sun Yoghurt Cooling Gel. It may not have reduced my redness or helped with the peeling but it was very hydrating. I shudder to think how long I may have peeled without it! Plus, it’s comforting to know that all the ingredients are naturally derived with a sense of responsibility towards the environment.
With Korres you can never really go wrong, and even with it’s faults, the After-Sun Yoghurt Cooling Gel is still a nice product. Pop it in your beach cooler or fridge for some extra cooling and I promise you it will feel great on parched, sun filled skin.
So tell me, readers, what’s your favorite after-sun remedy? Testers, what did your skin think of the Korres After-Sun Yoghurt Cooling Gel?
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