Summer’s coming and with it the sunshine.
Although you may be resting during your holidays, the same can’t be said for your skin! To make the most of your summer without damaging your skin, here are a few tips as to what to do after exposure to the sun.
A moisturizer is not enough to repair your skin and to understand this, look at what goes into an after-sun lotion. On top of the usual moisturizing agents it also contains soothing agents to soothe and repair your skin.
An after-sun cream contains anti-aging properties, antioxidants such as vitamin E that is extremely effective to block the UV rays and also regenerating active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and peptides that will stimulate the production of collagen and elastin fibres that were damaged by what is known as oxidative stress.
An after-sun lotion also soothes. This is the main difference compared to a traditional body lotion. It integrates soothing actives to calm feelings of tightness and also actives designed to reduce the inflammatory process caused by free radicals such as pine and liquorice extracts.
An after-sun lotion also soothes in the event of slight sunburn. An after-sun treatment shouldn’t be reserved for those who spend too much time in the sun. In the event of sunburn, it is preferable to use a healing cream available from your local pharmacist.
The sun, but also chlorine, sea salt and the wind modify your epidermal barrier. Extremely efficient moisturizing ingredients and notably essential fatty acids found in vegetable oils (karate, argan, jojoba) help limit imperceptible water losses and therefore reduce the risk of having an alligator skin after just a few days. Remember also to drink more, this is essential for the quality of your skin.
Choose the texture that best corresponds to your skin type. Oils and balms are the most nourishing while lotions and gels are the most refreshing and are absorbed faster by your epiderma. Your face and neck are the most at risk. Focus on these zones that are both delicate and sensitive to photoaging.
So what’s the ideal solution?
Ideally you should apply 2 products. An after-sun repairs your skin following exposure to UV rays and your moisturizing cream recreates a protective barrier. Apply both products liberally and give them time to penetrate your skin. For best results, wait a few minutes before applying the second treatment.
Obviously, the two products are only effective if you have properly protected your skin when out in the sun. exposition.