What an amazing thing that our skin can go through so much and still have the power to renew itself. Whilst the summer time can be a free pass for us to get our dosage of vitamin D, we have to be careful not to cause unnecessary damage and trauma. The typical signs of summer-damaged skin are redness, roughness and pigmentation. To avoid these skin nasties there are a few steps we can implement after we’ve been exposed to the sun.
Cleanse and hydrate
To ensure that your complexion is at its best, cleansing in the morning and at night are imperative. A light, non abrasive cleanser will ensure that your glow lasts whilst keeping skin baddies at bay. Followed up by a long lasting and nourishing moisturiser will ensure that your skin looks dewy and sun kissed long after you have hit the tarmac.
Just as the sun giveth, it taketh away, and on this occasion it may be a whole lot of moisture. If your skin is feeling tight it could be as a result of dead skin cells, so scrub away. A gentle exfoliant is best practice after a long course of vitamin D, not only because of the sensitivity of your skin but also as a means of maintaining your holiday glow, we don’t want to scrub away that hard earned tan.
It doesn’t matter where you choose to spend your holidays, the weather, activities or inactivity, sleeping in different beds and exposure to that delightful pressurised cabin air will leave skin a little (read a lot!) lacklustre. Skin is likely to be drier and flakier. As well as exfoliating, ensure that you have moisturisers in tow! Post holiday you’ll need something heavy duty on your body to counter the after sun peeling and have you feeling supple.
Just as we advised on eating your SPF pre-holiday, it is integral that you look after yourself inside and out on return. You may have encountered the Dubai stone from the sheer amount of brunches or went overboard on the all inclusive package but the great thing about being home is that you have the ability to implement some structure into your life and habits. Food has been proven to be linked to our moods, so let your food be your medicine and your medicine your food. It’s amazing what a balanced diet can do for your skin and peace of mind.