Preparing your skin for fun in the sun is important, but after-sun care is equally essential. This summer, make sure to not only protect your skin from the sizzling heat, but repair it after a day of outdoor adventures. Follow these three steps to easily elevate your after-sun skincare routine.
Sip a Cool Hyaluronic Acid Elixir
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a popular ingredient used in topical skin care products due to its well-researched hydrating properties. But did you know drinking HA increases your skin’s natural moisture supply? Not only that, studies have found orally consuming high molecular weight HA helps deter skin inflammation. For a boost of high molecular weight HA plus collagen and probiotics, add Beauty Collagen to your favorite summertime drink, like iced tea or a smoothie.
Repair and Neutralize
Incorporate these steps in your after-sun skincare routine to help repair and neutralize the impact of too much sun exposure.
- Soothing Mask: A soothing mask helps your skin recover from sun exposure, which leaves skin dull, dry, and sometimes very sensitive. Try one with cucumber and mint. Cucumber is rich in the skin-replenishing mineral silica, while mint is great for mild sunburns and sensitivities.
- Pollution-Neutralizing Moisturizer: Pollutants not only damage skin cells, but they make skin irritable. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to escape skin’s exposure to pollutants. Instead, use a moisturizer designed to neutralize the impact pollution has on skin. Try Bioelement’s Remineralist Daily Moisturizer. This lightweight cream includes copper-rich malachite, which inhibits pollution induced superoxides within skin’s cell at a rate of more than 98%. It also claims to increase moisture by 70% within 15 minutes of application.
- Nourishing Lip Treatment: It’s easy to forget about the delicate lip skin when breezing through your skin care regimen. However, lips are one the most vulnerable parts of our body, especially when it comes to environmental damage. You should already protect your lips while out in the sun, but afterwards, be sure to treat lips to a nourishing lip mask or lip treatment. Find one with a skin-penetrating oil like jojoba or argan. Be sure it’s free of petroleum, which traps heat.
Sooth with Aloe
We all know when skin isn’t properly protected, prolonged sun exposure can be painful and dangerous. Even if you’re lathering an SPF 35 sunblock every few hours, it’s still possible to feel the burn. For surface burns and irritations, try a cooling aloe vera gel remedy. You can apply the sap directly from the plant for immediate relief from itchy, peeling sunburns.