Summer is finally here which means time to have fun in the sun! Although this is the time of the year where we can lay out pool side, it also means that our skin is more susceptible to sun damage which may lead to sunspots, dryness, and uneven tan lines. We may have certain skin routines in place, but like the changing of the seasons, we have to make sure that our routines and habits adapt to the weather. Sometimes our skin needs extra care in order to fully maintain its healthy glow. In the summer, we need to keep our skin hydrated.
Depending on where you live, summer can mean your skin is more exposed to heat and humidity and for some people this can lead to oily skin. Exposing your skin to too much sun can lead to dehydrated skin, sun burns and red patches. Our skin is not properly ready to defend against sun exposure on its own. Our skin tries its best however by adding extra melanin (the component in skin that gives UV protection and pigment) and this is what gives us a tan. If we do not protect our skin, not only do we damage our skin by making it work harder to protect internal organs but also, lack of protection can lead to hyperpigmentation of the skin, and in worse cases, sun burn and eventual skin cancer. In order to prevent sun damaged skin, here are some tips in order to keep your summer skin looking healthy and glowing:
DON’T take hot showers
Opt for a cold shower which will help to lower body temperature and close pores, which prevents dirt and oil getting into pores which prevents acne break outs. Our skin is an important part of the body which helps fight bacteria from the outside, and sometimes that bacteria can get clogged in your pores, due to enlarged pores. Taking a cold shower helps close pores and makes it harder for bacteria to get caught in the skin. However, make sure your pores are clean before rinsing with cold water. Try Clear Essence Blemish Control Wash Formula to remove excess dirt, bacteria, and oil from the skin and refresh the complexion. After splashing the skin with cool water, help seal pores even more with a cleansing toner. Toners help remove any dirt or oil left behind after your first step cleansing so you can be sure your skin is squeaky clean after enjoying a day outdoors.
DO wear extra wide brim hats
Apart from looking stylish, wearing extra wide brim hats will help prevent your skin from being exposed to the sun, however that does not mean that you shouldn’t put sunscreen on. Sunscreen is mandatory—always. We recommend Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Lotion with SPF 15 as a daily body protectant. By wearing a wide brim hat, not only are you protecting your skin from sun damage, but you’re also protecting your hair from being sunburnt as well. Those with balding or thinning hair are even more susceptible to developing skin cancer as the tops of our heads are closest to the sun. Therefore, using a hat can come in handy, because not only is your beautiful skin being protected, but also your hair which acts as a bodyguard for your scalp, will also be protected under an accessory which makes a strong fashion statement: sun don’t ruin my fun!
DO wear mosquito repellant
If you live in an area where mosquitos are prone to be drawn to, apply mosquito repellant. Mosquitos tend to bite bodies that have warm temperatures. In some cases, however, mosquito bites can lead to hyperpigmentation of the skin which leaves you not only upset about a mosquito bite, but now having to deal with a dark spot that the little sucker left behind. Under no circumstances should you scratch it, or else it’ll lead to more skin trauma, which leads to hyperpigmentation. We also have to keep in mind that there may be bacteria in our hands or fingernails, which may lead to infection. If you do have the urge to scratch, scratch something else instead, like a stuffed animal or a lottery ticket, in order to keep your mind off the irritation! If hyperpigmentation does occur, especially on dark skin, our Clear Essence Platinum Line Extra Strength Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15 which helps reduce dark spots and can brighten areas of hyperpigmentation. The added sunscreen protection helps prevent redarkening as well!
DON’T leave without sunscreen
Always, always, always, apply sunscreen before and after being exposed to the sun. By applying sunscreen, we are prevented from having sun-damaged dark skin which may include sunspots or dry skin. In order to ensure full protection, a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 is recommended. Lip balms containing sunscreen are also a great way to protect your lips from being damaged as well. There are also hair products available that help protect your scalp from damage, or as stated earlier, nothing beats a nice large hat. In the case that your skin is already damaged from having fun in the sun all day, our carrot oil skin care products which contain Beta Cartone which helps dehydrated skin from sun damage or irritation.
DO drink plenty of water
Water is important for many reasons, but in order to keep the elasticity in your skin, you must drink water daily. Our skin is made of 64% water, so imagine your skin without water? It would be less protected from the sun, which leads to damaged skin. Yikes! Our skin’s natural protein relies heavily on water, so drink up that H2O! Heading out to the beach? Although you may not be able to drink water from the ocean, salt water has beneficial nutrients, such as magnesium, for the skin, which can reduce swelling, protect the body and even balance out skin tones. Although seawater helps strengthen our skin, it can damage our hair due to the magnesium in the water. So not only should we avoid too much seawater in our hair, but also limit the amount of seawater our body is exposed to, otherwise it can lead to dry skin conditions.
DON’T let sun damage heal on its own
When it comes to sun burns, we tend to tell each other to let it heal on its own, but then our skin starts doing weird things like peeling. In order to prevent skin cancer, our body attempts to shed off its damaged cells, which is why we see our skin crack and peel. Taking that cold shower and drinking plenty of water helps put hydration back into the body, which helps since sunburns cause the body to become dehydrated. Add a few drops of a body oil to bath water is also a soothing way to replenish skin if you are in a lot of pain. If your skin does suffer from hyperpigmentation from being out in the sun too much, our Platinum Line skin care products such as the Skin Beautifying Milk and Medicated Fade Creme may be used in order to help even out dark spots and discolorations from sun exposure.
DO try going make up free
Going make up free in the summer can benefit not only your skin but also let you be free of having to worry about runny foundation and mascara. Let’s face it, no one wants to be a hot mess! Oily skin from the summer heat opens up your pores and can cause makeup to seep into the skin and cause acne. Not only are you saving time, but you’re also letting your skin breathe by eliminating all the products that you’re putting on your face. Because you’re not wearing make up, you will also be able to protect with SPF directly on the skin rather than over makeup or relying solely on the SPF in your foundation. But if you decide that make up free is not for you, then opt for waterproof mascara, and keep make up to a minimal.
DO have fun!
Most importantly, don’t let the heat of the summer take away from having fun outside! If you don’t have any important tasks to do, then try avoiding being outside from 10am to 4pm, which is the time that the sun tends to be at its peak. If you do go out during these times, again remember to wear sunscreen, since it is more probable for you to get sunburnt during these hours. Catch a movie, go to a museum, a mall, but whatever you do, protect yourself, protect your skin, and don’t let the sun ruin your day!