Whether you’re taking off on a sunny vacay or simply looking forward to enjoying the warm spring air (which is hopefully just around the corner), you need to prepare your skin before soaking up the sun.
For months now your skin has been covered, protecting it from the sun and the elements. Its been enveloped in jackets and mittens, wrapped up by scarves, so it makes sense that it will need some prep work before being exposed to the sun and its powerful UV rays.
Follow these 4 steps to prepare your skin for the sun
Hydrate. It is never too early or too late to start hydrating your skin. This should be done in two ways, by drinking plenty of water and applying a quality moisturizer. Properly nourishing your skin helps alleviate the impact of UV damage. This is because the more your skin is exposed to the sun, the more it dries out. And as it dries out, it becomes more susceptible to UV damage. Moisturizing the skin helps to reconstruct its protective layer.
Nourish. Your skin needs nourishment from the inside and out. Start by consuming foods rich in carotenoids, plant pigments responsible for the bright red, yellow and orange hues in many fruits and vegetables. These are high in antioxidants, which can prevent or delay cell damage, and improve your skin’s protection against UV rays. The best way to get your carotenoids are to up your intake of carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, squash, mangos, melon and apricots. Nourish your skin from the outside by using skin-loving products rich in antioxidants and vitamin E.
Exfoliate. Exfoliating comes with its benefits and drawbacks. The major benefit is that it removes dead skin cells which allows for a more even tan. The drawback is that it can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. So, what should you do? We recommend exfoliating at least 3 days prior to any long-term sun exposure. And don’t forget to apply plenty of sunscreen before heading outdoors.
Ease into it. The first time out you shouldn’t be exposing your skin to hours upon hours of UV rays. It hasn’t had the opportunity to build up a protective layer, and doing so will no doubt lead to a burn. I know this can be hard it you are away on a beach and want to enjoy as much time in the sun as you can. But it is important to alternate between direct sunlight and shade. And remember to apply a quality sunscreen every couple of hours. Look for one that is broad spectrum and protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
After sun care
Even when you prepare your skin for the sun, you’ll still want to take a few minutes to care for your skin after sun exposure. Yes, even if you haven’t burned. This will help build up your skins protective layer, reduce the impact of UV rays, and provide anti-aging benefits.
Rinse skin with lukewarm water after being out in the sun to remove any sweat, sand, dirt.
Apply an after sun product that nourishes and replenishes the skin. Our all natural skin gel contains 5 core ingredients – aloe vera, tea tree, witch hazel, rosemary and vitamin E – which provide antioxidant, anti-aging, and rejuvenating properties to help your skin heal from sun exposure.
If you over-did it, give your skin a break from the sun so that it has time to properly heal. And if you can, avoid shaving or waxing for a day or two.