Every season brings along with it environmental changes that affect your skin. Summer is no different! The heat and humidity, along with more time spent outdoors, all require changes to your everyday skincare routine. How can you keep your skin healthy despite the hot summer sun?
Ultraviolet rays are harsh on your skin and, over time, exposure to these rays will leave a permanent impact on your skin. Every summer skincare routine should begin with protection. Sunscreens are not meant to work forever, therefore, you should carefully check the expiration date on yours before using it. You should also look for a Sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Always choose SPF 30 or higher and use plenty to cover your body and your face. How much do you need?
- Using a shot glass full (1.5 ounces) for your body and an entire teaspoon for your face.
- When outdoors, you should re-apply every 1-3 hours to protect your skin.
Hydration is another essential part of summer health and summer skincare. It is suggested that you should drink half of your body weight (in ounces) of water a day in the summer. When outdoors, you should be having a sip at least every 30 minutes. Water will help to cool your body down, hydrate your skin and help you get a gorgeous summer glow.
Instead of getting a tan in the sun, which can harm your skin and lead to premature wrinkles, opt for a sunless tanner. There are many different ways you can get a summer glow without the sun, including sunless tanners or spray tans. Most sunless tanners work by gradually building a warm tan, so if you accidentally leave behind some streaks or do a less-than-perfect job, it won’t be nearly as noticeable.
Finally, you should give your skin extra TLC after you spend time outdoors. After-sun lotion is a powerful tool for rehydrating your skin and soothing any damage from the sun’s rays. After-sun lotions are different than traditional lotions because the formulation contains actively soothing ingredients like Allantoin, Aloe and Bisabolol (is a component of chamomile essential oil). When choosing an after-sun lotion, pay close attention to the ingredients, as those are the best indicators of how good the lotion is for your skin and what makes it so soothing. The best after-sun products have at least one soothing element to keep you comfortable and soothe irritation. LSP’s Sol – After-Sun Lotion has 4 vital oils that aid with inflamed skin.
Aloe Vera has been regarded as a natural healing remedy for centuries as it helps reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically. Most people use Aloe gel as a remedy for skin conditions, including burns, sunburns, frostbite, psoriasis and cold sores.
Macadamia nut oil – Squalene is an antioxidant in Macadamia nut oil that protects the skin from free radical damage that can lead to aging, fine lines, spots, and wrinkles. It also protects the collagen in the skin maintaining its elasticity. The anti-inflammatory nature of Macadamia nut oil can help soothe the skin and moisturize it at the same time, leaving smoother and healthier skin behind.
Oat oil is a unique ingredient for cosmetics due to its high level of ceramides compared to other oils, as well as its moisturizing vitamin E content. Ceramides are a long chain of lipid molecules that are praised for their moisture-retention capabilities. Interestingly, 50% of human skin is composed of ceramides. Oat oil has a non-greasy feeling and is easily absorbed into the skin.
Take Care of Your Skin this Summer
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