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Most of us have learned so far just how crucial wearing a sunscreen is. But did you know that your after sun skin care routine is almost equally important?
If you’ve spent the whole day out in the sun, having fun, laying on the beach or just running errands, by the moment you step into the protective shade of your home, your skin has been through a lot. It has been exposed for hours and hours to the damaging sun’s UV rays, free radicals and other harmful elements, such as sweat, sand or chlorine water.
So, your after sun skin care routine needs to deal with several negative influences that are drying out your skin, damaging it, making it sensitive and speeding up the aging process. But, it doesn’t have to be excessive – it just needs to cover a few key points…
7 Steps to Recover Your Skin After The Sun Exposure
1. Wash everything off
You wouldn’t believe all the things your skin can collect after a whole day out in the sun. Plus, skin tends to produce more sebum during the summer anyway.
So, start your after sun skin care routine by washing off all the grime, sweat, chlorine or salt and residue sunscreen. Use lukewarm water, or even cool if you can.
2. Be gentle
While it is important to cleanse your skin as thoroughly as you can, you also need to consider how sensitive and fragile your skin is after excessive sun exposure.
So, just be gentle. Skip the scrub and anything harsh and abrasive. A gentle, non-striping wash will do the job just fine.
3. Hydrate a lot
One of the main symptoms of sun damage is skin dehydration. So, make sure to replenish the levels of moisture in your skin as much as you can.
There’s a variety of hydrating products that can help you with this, but my recommendation would be a hyaluronic acid serum, natural face mist or cooling sheet mask.
4. Vitamin C serum
Other than hydration, the thing your skin needs the most after the damaging UV rays are antioxidants. And vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants you can find. It protects the skin against free radicals, slows down the aging process, promotes collagen production and maintains the skin firm, youthful and glowing.
5. Moisturize your skin
Make sure to replenish the healthy fats in your skin and to seal in the previous products with a nice, quality moisturizer. Your product should also be soothing and repairing, to help your skin recover as soon as possible.
Look for ingredients such as aloe vera gel, oatmeal extract, green tea extract, chamomile, ceramides…
6. Take care of your lips
Don’t forget that your lips have been exposed to the same conditions as the rest of your skin. They too need some extra care. Nothing too much – just remove the dry patches with a gentle! lip scrub and coat your lips with your favorite lip balm.
7. Eat and drink your after sun skin care
While wearing sunscreen and a proper after sun routine are absolutely crucial, it is always a good idea to replenish your whole body (including skin) from the inside out.
Especially during the summer season, your diet should include foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins and water. Some omega-3s are also more than welcome. Try to eat more watermelons, carrots, blueberries, green tea, tomatoes, olive oil, fatty fish, almonds, pomegranate, cucumbers…