Salve your post-holiday skin with these soothers

CHANCES are, you’re either fresh off the beach – skin still salty and a little tender – or you’re mourning the departure of your tan. The spectre of skin damage is probably also lingering somewhere. How to claw back the health of some of those damaged cells – and in the first instance, how to keep that golden colour you worked so hard for?

It’s an interesting time for the former: Lancome has just released an anti sun-damage cream called Visionnaire and it’s being hailed as “the future of skincare” – the result of 10 years of heavyweight molecular research by parent company L’Oreal. It’s the first anti-ageing cream in recent memory that is thought to actually do what it says on the tin, thanks to ingenious manipulation of the molecules in something called jasmonic acid.

For instant moisture and colour prolonging, there are also a host of luxuriant products that make your skin smell lovely and properly retain the moisture it badly needs. Here is our pick of the best.

1 Kiehl’s rosa artica, £45. Flower power in action with this deeply rejuvenating cream from wholesome skincare classic. At Selfridges, 2 Lierac ultra anti-ageing cream for face, £25. Jasmine and cactus fig extract make for one of the richest, most moisturising creams out there. 3 Clinique after sun rescue, £17.50. Aloe makes this old favourite wonderfully soothing. 4 Jo Malone wild bluebell body creme, £48. Sinfully rich cream in a new scent that’s so gorgeous it’ll help you forget any skin discomfort. 5 Lancome Visionnaire, £57. New product dominating headlines that may be the closest we’ve come yet to turning back the clock. 6 Liz Earle, Sunshade botanical aftersun gel, £13.50. Cucumber and lavender make this super-cooling gel a winner for post-sun skin. 7 Sensai silky bronze aftersun, £60. Beautifully refined, full of soothing herbs, this luxury, super-smooth formulation will do the trick. Exclusive to Harrods. 8 Hampton Sun aftersun moisturiser, £28. Tea tree oil and cocoa butter give a wholesomeness to this fabulous-smelling, super-trendy brand’s post-bronzing balm.