We all love the summer and you need a certain amount of UV for Vitamin D synthesis to maintain good general health but our skin doesn't like excessive exposure to UV and will rebel by showing signs like sunburn, blistering, pigmentation, brown spots, freckles, dryness, flakiness, wrinkles, skin cancers, broken capillaries and more!
Caring for your skin is essential whichever season you are in but during the summer months is crucial if you want to maintain a healthy, youthful complexion.
A lot of people I talk to don't like the feel of sunscreen on their skin. Some say it feels greasy, some say it makes them breakout, some say it stings (which shouldn't happen) and some say their skin actually burns (turns red) from using certain sunscreens which results in not wearing any.
It is important to use a sunscreen that is PABA-free and preferably natural or organic. Some sunscreens do their job of preventing the skin from burning by blocking out UVA and UVB rays but contain chemicals and fillers that you really don't want on your skin - let alone in your bloodstream.
Top Tips for Summer Skin Health
- Use a natural/organic sunscreen daily (apply 15 to 30 minutes before exposure)
- Apply sunscreen more often if swimming even if the sunscreen is water-resistant (as towel drying will wipe off a percentage of your sunscreen) allowing the skin more susceptible to burning
- Always wear a hat and sunglasses
- Dont overexpose the skin to UV (as the cells that come into play to repair damaged skin all adds to the ageing process- more wrinkles!)
- Cleanse skin thoroughly after wearing sunscreen
- Use a cleanser/body wash/soap that won't strip the skin of natural oils
- Exfoliate skin once a week to rid the skin of old, dry, dead skin cells ( Don't exfoliate over sunburnt skin)
- Use a hydrating body mist daily to refresh & quench skins thirst
- Hyrdrate, hydrate, hydrate with a nutrient rich moisturiser
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate by drinking plenty of water