After such a success with my guest blogger posts, I thought I would treat you all today with another one from Amy Goldsmith. If your skin needs some pampering from all that sun, read Amy’s top post-summer skincare.
After sunbathing and too much exposure to the sun, your skin needs more intensive care. No matter how hard we tried to protect our skin during the summer season, it suffers tremendous changes in the contact with salt water, and due to the UV rays and wind. You wanted that bronze tan, the least you can do for your skin now is to dedicate some time to repair the damage.
Here are some of the most common harmful effects and how to fix them.
Sunspots and Freckles
When the summer ends and that golden hue starts to fade, tiny dark patches become more visible. Sunspots and freckles are just skin hyperpigmentation. In terms of health, they are mostly harmless, but in terms of beauty these spots are frustrating as they add years to your face. Although they can now be expressly removed with laser treatment, this treatment is very expensive. Better try some of the natural remedies to even out your complexion. Regular exfoliation will remove the top sun-damaged layer, leaving new regenerated skin. Also, there are plenty of spot-targeting serums on the market that contain melanin-inhibiting ingredients (such as azelaic acid).
Breakouts and Pimples
Summer heat and humidity make us sweat more, and sweating aggravates the acne problem. You need not worry, though, as proper care will minimize the damage. Products based on benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid are great acne fighters, but use them only occasionally to avoid skin dehydration. Anti-inflammatory effects of aloe vera, sage and green tea, which you can find in ASAP skin care products will soothe your skin and reduce the appearance of new pimples (Aussie readers, you can get ASAP skin care products from Skin Matrix).
Your lips have no sweat glands, so they can’t repair themselves on their own. You are their only chance. What you should do first is stop biting and licking chapped lips. It is tempting, but it only slows down the healing process, as the saliva evaporates and takes all the moisture from the lips. Drink plenty of water if you want supple lips. Use lip ball regularly. Opt for those that contain beeswax. Or you can simply apply some honey on your lips several times a day.
Continuous exposure to water and walking barefoot, or almost barefoot, leaves us with cracked feet at the end of the summer. Not only do they look unattractive, but cracked feet can also lead to infections and health problems if they go unattended. So, scrub, scrub, scrub. Before going to bed, soak your feet in warm soapy water, then use a pumice stone or a peeling cream to remove the dead skin, rinse off, and finally apply some moisturizer. For the best effect, try those that contain paraffin or glycerin. Repeat daily until your skin becomes soft again.
Peeling skin is one of the most common repercussions of sunburn. Mostly, the skin repairs itself, but you can speed up the process with little effort. Hydrate your skin from the inside and the outside. Nothing helps your skin as much as water, so drink at least 8 to 10 glasses a day. On the outside, apply moisturizing lotions that are specifically intended for sunburnt skin. They should contain aloe vera, which cools the skin and soothes inflammation. Whatever you do, do not peel it off. If it is really bothering you that much, use a pair of scissors to carefully cut away the hanging pieces.
The most important rule is to be consistent and be patient. Like any other healing process, skin rehab takes time. Now that you have required knowledge, you can start remedying your skin immediately.
About the Author
Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate from Melbourne who loves to write short stories and reviews. Amy is a regular contributor at High Style Life. Her passion is beauty and makeup and she loves to spend her free time travelling and of course – make up shopping! You can contact Amy on her Facebook page and Twitter.
Do you have any Post-Summer Skincare tips?