Skincare in the summer
Summer and holidays in the sun may well be good for the soul and for our well-being, but the sun itself, with its penetrating UV rays, can be particularly harmful to our skin-cells. Sea salt is a further aggressive element which can be damaging as it settles on our skin while swimming or even from the air.
It is essential to apply a protective face-cream, (not just when on the beach, but also while walking around in town!) and to treat our skin with amino acids and minerals. A combination of moisturizers from the outside and nourishment from the inside provides the optimal care!
In summer it is particularly important to ensure you maintain a balanced, vitamin-rich diet. The skin needs a continuous supply of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, especially B-vitamins, glutamine, arginine and carnitine. Only then can it acknowledge and perform its protective functions and maintain its firm appearance. Summer is a critical time, when the skin is under constant attack from aggressive UV rays, where the vitamins and amino acids serve to contain and hinder the radicals.
The skin is the protective sleeve of the body, which is immediately exposed to all weather conditions such as heat, cold, sun and salt-water. After lying in the sun, it is especially important to treat the skin correctly. A long shower cools the skin and cleanses it from salt and sand particles. Try to avoid normal soap. It only serves to further dry out distressed skin. A shower-gel or soap with moisturizing properties would be much more effective.
You should then treat your skin with intensive moisturizers and oil. By ensuring an appropriate intake of vitamins and minerals, you can prevent your skin from being affected by premature aging through harmful UV rays.
- Use a moisturizing shower-gel and creams with natural, nurturing properties.
- No soap (with the occasional exception of pH-neutral cleansers) as this disturbs the acid mantel of the skin and dries it out.
- Do not wear foundation or mascara if you can help it. (Admittedly, almost impossible)
- If the hand-cream pot is empty, you could alternatively use olive Ooil which can- also make your hands soft and beautiful especially if you heat the oil slightly prior to application. It can also benefit the nails.
The most common misconceptions about sun protection:
Water is not a sun-shield
Hard skin is softened by water and becomes more vulnerable to the penetration of light. Wearing a t-shirt when snorkeling or diving is therefore always recommended.
Do clothes act as a sun-shield?
A white t-shirt only reduces the sun’s intensity on the skin by about 10%. Additional sun-cream is therefore still imperative.
Regular application of sun-cream
It is thought that regular application of sun-cream prolongs the protective effect. Surprisingly, this is not the case. The sun-screen factor is valid once - for the whole day. Applying an extra-generous coating of sun-cream neither increases the protection factor, nor extends the duration of protection.
Sitting in the shade will protect me from sun-burn
As long as you stick to the maximal recommended duration per day for being exposed to the sun, it is possible to gain a healthy and longer lasting tan from being in the shade. You should still be careful not to overdo it - even in the shade.
Sun-burn when it is cloudy?
You can burn even on cloudy days, when the sun appears to be completely hidden. The sun’s rays penetrate with up to two-thirds of their full intensity even when shining through clouds.
Cold weather is no shield against the sun
It is thought that the cold de-intensifies the strength of the sun and prolongs the process of burning. This too is a misconception. On the contrary, in fact, the cold actually intensifies the impact of UVB rays by up to 50%.
- Drink a lot – don’t forget about water from time to time :)
- Additional protection with a high factor (e.g. SPF 60) should be applied particularly to the nose.
- Sensitive areas around the eyes tend to swell in the heat. Placing a towel ‘on ice’ for a few minutes and then holding to the affected area helps to relieve swelling quickly.
But the main thing is to let nothing spoil your fun in the sun!
Hope to hear from you soon!
Sarah & Treez
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