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The Best $10 You'll Ever Spend On Your Skin

Welcome to Esther Tested, where surfer and Racked SF associate editor Esther Hahn shares her best tips for fitness and beauty in the Bay.

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March is quickly turning into one of the hottest months yet. While that works in favor of you actually getting some sun in San Francisco, it can ultimately lead to sun damage. Sunscreen is crucial —you can read about my ultimate routine here— but after-sun care also plays a important role. My favorite way to restore hydration and nutrients into my skin is to apply aloe vera gel. I'm not too picky about the brand, but I like this Natural Remedy option because of its high aloe content and affordable price point. (Warning: it does sell out on occasion.)

Of course, I realize that aloe isn't a new trick, but my personal modification is to store the container in the fridge—to keep the gel cold and especially soothing to sun-drenched skin. I've noticed that the cool temperature helps in other ways, like de-puffing eyes and cheeks and closing pores. I apply it regularly to clean skin, either morning or night; even without catching any rays, my skin feels smoother and more elastic. Give it a try to protect yourself against wrinkles and puffy eyes—all for $10, plus a little fridge space.