Summer Skin Care Tips: Factors, Protection, Ritual
The signs of summer are everywhere. From beautiful flowering foliage to families strolling, ice cream in hand, along the promenade, we’re all just happy to finally feel some sun that actually warms our bones!
However, when the winter coats are packed away, the SPF should come out to play, because the sun’s intense rays mean business, especially when it comes to our skin. If you aren’t protecting your skin then you’re going to put it at risk for anything from accelerated aging to an increased risk of skin cancer.
In this article we’ll talk about all the ways the sun can affect your skin and exactly what you can do about it so you can get out there and enjoy all this happy, bright season has to offer!
Factors that can influence your skin during summer
During the warmer months, when the temperatures begin to soar, you’ll find yourself sweating a lot more than usual.
While sweating is a completely natural process and excellent for detoxifying the body, it can also contribute to clogged pores, which then results in acne breakouts. Whether it’s one pesky pimple or a whole bunch of them, no one really wants to deal with acne, especially during this fun season when you may find yourself going out more often than during the chilly months.
However, and this may come as a surprise, sweating can also be a good thing for your acne! Sweating helps to detoxify the system, flushing toxins out of the body that may lead to blemishes. You have to be sure to keep your skin clean though after a sweat fest, so always be sure to cleanse or spritzsome of our toner to keep your skin clean and your pores open after an intense gym sesh or day out at the beach.
Of course, many people do suffer from acne when it starts to heat up and while the reason isn’t totally clear, it seems to be due to an increase in sebum production in the summertime. Our sebum also takes on a slightly different compositionduring summer to help keep our bodies cool. Sebum is what contributes to that gorgeous, dewy glow and can be a godsend for ladies suffering from dry skin, however too much sebum can throw the balance off and tip the scale in the other direction, meaning breakouts.
While there’s no denying that soaking up the rays feels like pure bliss, especially when you have a sparkling pool or shimmering ocean to cool off in as you please, it’s important to remember that overexposure to the sun may quickly change the bronzed goddess glow you were going for to that of a freshly cooked lobster, never a good look!
Too much sun exposure will not only result in a painful, blistering sunburn, it also significantly increases your risk of extrinsic aging in the skin. In fact, uv rays are responsible for a scary 80% of extrinsic skin aging. This results in a loss of skin elasticity meaning saggier skin with more lines and wrinkles. So while your sunkissed glow is sexy in your twenties, 15-20 years from now any damage that occurred will manifest as uv skin damage. What’s really alarming is that the sun will continue to damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer hours after you head indoors!
Uv rays break down collagen and elastin, two structural proteins responsible for keeping the skin firm, taut and plump.
UV rays also reduce the amount of Vitamin A in the skin, a vitamin that is absolutely essential for skin health. Vitamin A helps to encourage healthy cell production and plays a role in keeping the skin’s barrier function strong. A damaged barrier function means more pollutants can sneak their way into your skin and really speed up the aging process. Vitamin A helps to lock moisture into the skin cells, however uv rays deplete this vitamin, which in turn means more water may be lost through the pores, resulting a dry complexion that, once again, ages much faster than a healthy one.
Protecting your skin from summer skin damage and breakouts
The skin naturally protects itself with melanin, the pigment responsible for giving your skin color, so it makes sense that if your skin is pale, you have far less protection than if your skin were darker. This doesn’t mean you should ditch the SPF if your skin is darker though!
It just means the lighter your skin, the more protection it needs. Skin also protects itself with antioxidants such as glutathione, which helps to protect the skin against uv damage. Vitamin C increases production of glutathione, as well as boosts collagen production for a firmer, more youthful complexion. Internal and external applications of vitamin C and vitamin E can help to protect the skin against harmful free radicals, reverse some signs of uv damage and prevent future damage. It always comes down to an inside out, holistic approach to skin health.
Protect your skin with antioxidants from the inside out
What goes into your body is just, if not more, important than what goes on to it. If your diet is jam-packed with processed, fatty foods that contain no real nutrients, then you won’t see positive results externally, no matter what excellent products you use.
We highly recommend eating whole, anti-inflammatory foods brimming in Vitamin C and Vitamin E, and drinking loads of water. The best way to ensure you get your water intake for the day is to fill a large bottle with pure, diluted water and to take small sips throughout your day. Consider adding some lemon slices for a vitamin C boost, along with mint and cucumber to refresh and reduce bloating. These detox water recipes will also help increase your antioxidant levels and flush toxins from your system, for a happy gut and clear, healthy skin.
You could also consider taking a Vitamin C supplement, as this is a vitamin your body cannot make on its own and this antioxidant is very important for a healthy body. Because we use only natural, high quality ingredients in all our products, our products naturally contain antioxidants especially our refreshing neroli toner and our luxuriously silky night balm.
Our neroli toner is brimming in our favorite antioxidant vitamin C and potent green tea to help fight off free radicals and protect your skin against uv damage. This toner also includes super soothing and hydrating aloe to hydrate the skin and infuse it with an array of powerful minerals, antioxidants and amino acids.
Our night balm contains vitamin C and naturally occuring vitamin E from prickly pear and jojoba. Apart from its ability to fight free radicals, our night balm also helps to calm inflammation in the skin thanks to a synergetic anti-inflammatory essential oil blend and a skin soothing phytonutrient infusion of chamomile and calendula.
Never forget the mineral SPF
SPF is key to protecting your skin against harmful UV rays, but deciding on one can be confusing. There are two main types of sunscreen, namely chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens work like a sponge, absorbing the sun’s rays and neutralizing them, but unfortunately they often contain synthetic chemicals that are bad for the environment and may aggravate sensitive skin and overall health.
Physical sunblocks are an eco-friendly alternative to chemical sunscreens. They contain minerals like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to block the sun’s rays and bounce them off the skin and back into the environment. Always use an SPF of at least 30 or higher and be sure to re-apply as often as needed.
A summer skin care ritual to keep your skin clear.
This simple skin care ritual will help keep pores clear while also offering your skin antioxidants and nutrients.
Step 1 - Cleanse
In the mornings, cleanse with our Neroli Toner and an organic cotton pad (read more about why we recommend this here)
Step 2 - Mist
Follow with a few spritzes of our refreshing and cooling neroli toner morning and evening. The powerful combo of green tea, thyme and willow bark help keep pores clear and skin hydrated. This mist is also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C which are shown to help protect the skin from sun damage.
Step 3 - Moisturize
Apply our night clarifying treatment lovingly formulated with sea buckthorn and green tea to reduce sebum production along with sugar extract to keep your pores open and clear. This can be worn in the morning too, followed by your SPF.
If you got a little too much sun during the day, swap out the Night Treatment for the Night Regenerative Balm at night.
Step 4 - Treat
A healthy, clear and youthful complexion is a result of a holistic approach to mind and body, inside and out. These tips will help to protect your skin from the inside out so you can show off summer worthy skin that glows with health, rather than fake tan or too much sun!