Skin Care for the Summer !
Summer conjures up visions of bright sunny days, warm temperatures and placid sandy beaches. As we look forward to spending days lounging and playing in the Sun, it is important that we take into consideration the harmful effect to our skin while having fun in the Sun. Here are some basic skin care tips to assist in preventing skin damage from the Sun.
The skin is the largest organ in the body. It consist of 70% water, 25% protein, 2% lipids and 3% trace minerals and other chemicals. Noticeably, the skin is primarily made of water. A natural cause and effect connection between moisture loss in your skin and dehydrated skin can be readily observed. Serenity Skin Care recommends the use of the following skin care tips to manage skin issues associated with dehydration of the skin.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE AND HYDRATE AGAIN
We have all heard the statement “drink more water, it is healthy”. Drinking a minimum of 2 liters of water a day is beneficial in retaining moisture in your skin. However due to the harsh environment of summer, there are additional actions we should take to prevent dehydrated skin.
FACTORS THAT AFFECT SKIN HYDRATION
Some external and internal factors that contribute toward loss of moisture in the skin are;
Intense Ultra Violet Radiation
Taking Long Hot Showers
Aggressive Cleansing Methods and Strong Active Ingredients in Products
Dryness Caused by Heavily Air Conditioned Room
Drinking Alcohol, Coffee and Smoking
Declining Hormones Such As Estrogen, Progestogen and Testosterone
SYMPTOMS OF DEHYDRATED SKIN
Symptoms of dehydrated skin are as follows;
Skin is Rough to Touch
Skin is Tight With Little Elasticity
Skin is Peeling
Skin is Red
Skin is Thick
Skin Has Cracks
Dehydrated skin isn’t necessarily overly dry skin. “Dehydrated skin is oily, combination, or normal skin that is lacking water and feels tight,” Rouleau says. “Having tight skin doesn’t necessarily mean it’s dry.
Dehydrated skin, as a skin condition, lacks water content, but may still produce oil.” In fact, it’s probably over-producing oil to compensate for the lack of moisture in the skin, which is why dehydrated skin can easily get mistaken for oily skin. Dehydrated skin is common among those with oily and acne-prone skin who use harsh products that strip the skin of water.
TIPS FOR PREVENTING DRY SKIN
To help heal dry skin and prevent its return, Serenity Skin Care recommends the following;
Prevent baths and showers from making dry skin worse. When your skin is dry, be sure to:
Close the bathroom door
Limit your time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes
Use warm rather than hot water
Wash with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser ( Cosmedix Benefit Clean)
Apply enough cleanser to remove dirt and oil, but avoid using so much that you see a thick lather
Blot your skin gently dry with a towel
Slather on the moisturizer immediately after drying your skin ( Cosmedix Emulsion )
Apply moisturizer immediately after washing. Ointments, creams, and lotions (moisturizers) work by trapping existing moisture in your skin. To trap this much-needed moisture, you need to apply a moisturizer within few minutes of:
Drying off after a shower or bath
Washing your face or hands
Use an ointment (Cosmedix Rescue) or cream rather than a lotion. Ointments and creams are more effective and less irritating than lotions. Look for a cream or ointment that contains an oil such as olive oil or jojoba oil. Shea butter also works well. Other ingredients that help to soothe dry skin include lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum.
Carry a non-greasy hand cream with you, and apply it after each hand washing. This will greatly help relieve dry skin
Wear lip balm. Choose a lip balm that feels good on your lips. Some healing lip balms can irritate your lips. If your lips sting or tingle after you apply the lip balm, switch to one that does not cause this reaction.
Use only gentle, unscented skin care products. Some skin care products are too harsh for dry, sensitive skin. When your skin is dry, stop using:
Skin care products that contain alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)
Avoiding these products will help your skin retain its natural oils.
Wear gloves. Our hands are often the first place we notice dry skin. You can reduce dry, raw skin by wearing gloves. Be sure to put gloves on before you:
Go outdoors in winter
Perform tasks that require you to get your hands wet
Get chemicals, greases, and other substances on your hands
Choose non-irritating clothes and laundry detergent. When our skin is dry and raw even clothes and laundry detergent can be irritating. To avoid this:
Wear cotton or silk under your clothing made of wool or another material that feels rough
Use laundry detergent labeled “hypoallergenic”
Stay warm without cozying up to a fireplace. Sitting in front of an open flame or other heat source can dry your skin.
Add moisture to the air. Plug in a humidifier. If you can check your home heating system, find out if you have a humidifier on the system — and whether it’s working.
It is important to exfoliate your skin two or three times a week. This removes dead skin and improves blood circulation. (Cosmedix Pure Enzyme)
Use Plenty of Sunscreen
Use a sweat proof Sun Screen with an n SPF of 15 or higher Cosmedix Hydrate +.
Have a Well Balanced Diet
A well balanced diet is key to having healthy skin.
Eat lots of fresh fruit and leafy green vegetables
Treat skin to a facial
Maximize the use of antioxidant rich fresh ingredients that keep skin oxygenated, warding off or repairing any damage caused by UV radiation from the Sun
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Wear Sun Glasses to protect your eyes
Wear large wide brim hats to shield face from Sun
Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks
Moisturize every day
Drink plenty of water
Enjoy the Summer and utilize these tips for flawless skin in this Summer
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