We all know the common skin culprits when it comes to breakouts what the causes including, bacteria and oil, hormones, and certain foods or medications. Have you ever thought about where we live to be some of the main contributing factors to some of our skin woe’s?
Beach Life – The Issues
Life is a beach until you get a sun burn or sun damage. Beach climates call for high humidity and high temperatures. Do not forget that a tan in reality is the body’s reaction to sun damage. That gorgeous glow you’re hoping for is essentially your skin reacting to being attacked by damaging rays. When the skin is exposed to sunlight the melanocytes in the body become activated and produce dark pigment to protect the skin from absorbing more rays. While SPF is a must it is only 1 of 3 lines of defense against the sun.
Try easing up on the heavy moisturizers and protective oils. Heavy hydrating products can cause clogged pores and breakouts. Try transitioning into a hydrating serum that contains lightening agents like Alpha Arbutin or Kojic Acid. Not only will this eliminate one step from your regimen but a treatment serum can also help to protect and reverse sun damage and dark spots. Botanical oils and dry oils can also serve the purpose of a serum, treatment and moisturizer in one. Oils should never contain Dimethicone (which can clog pores) so always read the ingredients.
While exfoliation is still imperative, ditch the acid wipes and pads and try a gentle lactic acid mask once a week like Dr. Goldfaden’s Fresh A Peel. Lactic acid is particularly appropriate for sun damaged skin, dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. Lactic acid molecules are larger than Glycolic molecules so they don’t go as deep as fast, therefore targeting the top layers of the skin (where the darkness appears). Scrubs can take a back seat during beach weather too. Over scrubbing can make skin red and dry especially if skin has been exposed to the sun or sea. If you lust cant live without your Doctors Scrub, try mixing it a refreshing, rejuvenating cleanser that gets the skin clean. Gel based cleansers that are formulated without harsh chemicals are the best for summertime.
Regardless of skin tone, ALL skin needs sun protection. Although fair skinned individuals will burn quicker, darker/olive skin tones need to be aware too. It is important to keep in mind that sunscreen does not prevent tanning, it does however help protect against damaging UVA and UVB rays. This is important for darker/olive tones to remember, just because the skin is tanning does not mean it is not being damaged.
What happens if you get sunburn?
Sun burned skin can be treated at home. Look for products that contain Organic Red Tea , which is soothing and reduces inflammation and redness. To soothe hot itchy red skin add oatmeal or baking soda to a cool bath. Topical application of aloe or a cool compress always helps. If you are really sore or swollen you can try taking Ibuprofen for inflammation. And because the sun dries the skin out, moisturizing is a must! Body lotions with avocado oil, Shea butter, coconut oil are the best for this.
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