Feeling the warmth of the sun on our face feels divine. Whether it’s a picnic in the park, a long hike or a day at the beach with a good book – spending some time in the sun is a lovely way to pass the day and get some of those skin care benefits, including a vitamin D boost.
However, even with all its benefits, repeated exposure to too much sun over the years can have damaging effects on your skin and can cause premature ageing, wrinkles, brown spots and an overall dull appearance.
So make sure to give your skin some extra attention after time spent in the sun so you can protect it and reverse the effects of sun damage. Follow our simple tips to learn how to best care for your skin after sun exposure.
After-sun care tips to keep you glowingHere are three simple steps for skin recovery after a day of sun:
- Cleanse: When you spend time outdoors pollutants and allergens can stick to your skin. What’s more, on sunnier days when we are prone to produce more oil, these potentially pore-clogging and dulling factors stick even stronger. Make sure to wash your face to remove the day’s debris. Now, if you’ve spent the day at the beach, salt-water droplets can dehydrate your skin. Make sure to take a cool shower to remove the salt from your skin.
- Moisturise: After drying off, moisturise your body and face. The sun dries out your skin so you will need to rehydrate it as soon as possible. Apply HealGel Body right after your shower to reinstate healthy moisture levels and focus on wrinkle smoothing and damage control. The regenerative ingredients help to repair sun damaged skin and reduce redness, while the rich and nourishing formula hydrates skin and softens wrinkles.
- Rehydrate: Sun bathing decreases your hydration levels, which can result in dry skin, frown-lines, spots and a lack of “glow”. Water will both hydrate your skin, making it soft and supple, as well as flush out toxins that can mar your complexion. Make sure to drink plenty of water, both during your time out in the sun and later on in the evening. It’s not only super important for your health but also for re-hydrating your skin.
- Nourish: A healthy epidermis starts with a happy body. Cut down on sugar and refined processed foods which create unbalanced blood sugar levels and can speed up the ageing process. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, to give your skin a natural glow. Did you know tomatoes can help your skin fight against ageing and age spots caused by over exposure to the sun?
Of course, this healthy four-step post-sun recovery list isn’t meant to replace your pre-sun protection. You should always apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes prior to UV exposure. And remember: the way to balance the good and bad effects of the sun is to enjoy the sun safely.
TOP TIP - Did you know, spraying perfume directly on your skin then sunbathing can cause the perfume to stain the skin? This is due to some ingredients in perfume reacting with the sun it’s best to spritz your favourite summer scent on clothes than on skin before catching some sun.
We hope you enjoy some sun this Summer!