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Summer Skincare Tips For Healthy and Glowing Skin

Summer Skincare Tips for healthy and glowing skin

As the sun shines brighter, casting its golden glow on everything in its path, we happily embrace the joys of summer. It's a season of long days, outdoor adventures, and the blissful feeling of the sun's warm touching our skin. But while we revel in the beauty of these sun-soaked days, it's crucial to remember that our skin requires some extra love and attention. After all, it's our body's largest organ and our first line of defense against the elements.

The Science Behind Summer Skin Care

Taking care of your skin isn't just about slathering on sunscreen and hoping for the best. Understanding your skin's needs, its reactions to environmental factors, and how to provide the love it deserves - are all essential aspects of maintaining a healthy and radiant complexion, especially during the sunny summer season. Let's look into the science-backed strategies that will keep your skin healthy, radiant, and protected throughout the sunny season.

  • Sunscreen

Let's start with the superstar of summer skin care: sunscreen. The sun emits various types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, including UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin, causing premature ageing, while UVB rays are responsible for that infamous sunburn. Both can contribute to the development of skin cancer.

Sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection is your best defense. It acts as a shield, absorbing and deflecting harmful UV rays before they can wreak havoc on your skin. Remember, not all sunscreens are created equal. Look for one with at least SPF 30 and ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for optimal protection.

Choosing natural sunscreen protection is a wise and healthy choice for your skin. Natural sunscreens rely on mineral-based ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which act as a physical barrier to UV rays. Unlike chemical sunscreens that contain potentially harmful ingredients like oxybenzone or octinoxate, natural sunscreens are free from these chemicals. Mineral-based sunscreens provide stable and immediate protection upon application. Chemical sunscreens require about 20 minutes to become effective.

  • Hydration

Hydrating your skin is more than just a comfort—it's a vital aspect of maintaining its health. Our skin is composed of several layers, and the outermost layer, the stratum corneum, is like a protective fortress. When it's adequately hydrated, it functions optimally, keeping irritants out and moisture in.

During summer, increased temperatures and sun exposure can lead to water loss through sweat. Proper hydration ensures your skin remains a robust barrier. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside, and apply our lightweight, natural and hydrating moisturiser to lock in moisture from the outside.

  • Exfoliate

Your skin is a dynamic organ with a constant turnover of cells. Dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface, leading to a dull complexion and potential clogged pores. Exfoliation helps remove these dead cells, promoting a radiant, fresh look.

Chemically speaking, exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) work by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells, allowing them to slough away naturally. Mechanical exfoliants, like gentle scrubs, physically remove dead skin cells through friction. The key is balance—exfoliate no more than a couple of times a week to avoid overdoing it.

Taking a warm bath with our natural bath salts and bombs infused with essential oils can deeply exfoliate your skin, giving you a healthy glow and an overall boost in wellbeing.

  • UV-Protective Clothing

UV rays can penetrate clothing, but not all fabrics are created equal when it comes to sun protection. Darker and tightly woven fabrics provide more defense against UV radiation. So, while your favorite summer dress might be breezy and light, it may not offer the best sun protection.

To enhance your skin's defence, consider wearing sun-protective clothing, including wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses with UV-blocking lenses.

  • Nature's Remedies

Science and nature often go hand in hand, especially when it comes to soothing summer skin. Cucumber, for instance, contains natural compounds that can help alleviate sunburn and reduce skin temperature. Its high water content hydrates and refreshes your skin, making it feel like a spa day in the comfort of your home.

Aloe vera, another botanical remedy, has a long history of use for its cooling and healing properties. Aloe vera's gel contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that can aid in skin repair and reduce inflammation caused by sun exposure.

  • After-Sun Care

Even with the best protection, your skin may still experience some sun-related stress. The science of after-sun care involves soothing and nourishing your skin to help its recovery. Aloe vera, as mentioned earlier, is a fantastic choice. You can also consider products containing antioxidants like vitamin C or E, which help combat the free radicals generated by UV exposure. Our Lavender Hand and Body Lotion, infused with pure Lavender essential oil, is an excellent choice for soothing your skin after sun exposure.

  • Stay in the Shade

Shade blocks the sun's direct rays. Finding shaded spots during the sun's peak hours (usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.) not only helps you enjoy a safer tanning experience but also reduces the risk of sunburn and skin damage. Remember, your skin will thank you for this thoughtful sun-care strategy.

Summer Emotional Wellbeing

Summer Emotional Wellbeing

As the temperature rises, it's important to take a moment to think about how to keep your emotional wellbeing in check during these sunny months. While summer can be a time of joy and relaxation, it can also bring its own set of challenges.

Here are some simple yet effective tips to help you stay well during the sunny season:

  • Stay Active: Summer offers the perfect opportunity to engage in outdoor activities. Whether it's swimming, hiking, or simply taking a leisurely walk in the park, staying active can boost your mood and energy levels.
  • Mindful Relaxation: Take time to relax and unwind. Consider outdoor yoga or meditation sessions. Mindful breathing exercises can help reduce stress and promote mental wellbeing.
  • Stay Connected: Summer is a great time to strengthen relationships. Plan picnics, BBQs, or outdoor gatherings with friends and family. Social connections are crucial for your emotional wellbeing.
  • Plan Vacation Time: If possible, take a break and plan a summer vacation. A change of scenery and a break from routine can work wonders for your mental health.

Remember, skincare and your wellbeing can go hand in hand, ensuring your skin remains healthy and radiant throughout the summer and beyond. So go ahead, embrace the sunshine, and let your skin glow with vitality!

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