With the sun shining, August is the perfect time to relax, unwind and allow yourself the chance to recharge your batteries. Whether you spend the summer in the UK or in a hot country abroad, it’s likely that you’ll have a lovely tan when you return.
The reason that skin turns a darker colour in sunshine is because sun exposure stimulates the production of a pigment called melanin in the outer skin layers. As the amount of this pigment increases in the body, the skin becomes more tanned. While being outdoors on sunny days can give the body a healthy colour, the sun also has other effects on the skin, which can be particularly apparent after a summer holiday. If you’ve been wearing SPF then your skin shouldn’t be red, burnt or peeling, but sun damage can manifest in other ways. It isn’t uncommon to notice that your face is dry or feels slightly rough to the touch after getting a tan. This is because suntanned skin can actually become slightly thicker than skin which was previously paler as the renewal of skin cells has been slowed down. Not only this, but spending long periods outside in the hot sun can dehydrate the skin, leading to tightness and dryness which is sometimes only apparent when we return to England after a holiday.
People who use sunless tanners instead of sunbathing are at much lower risk of sun damage as long as they wear sun protection when they do go outside, but tanning products are also often quite drying and can leave skin looking patchy and lacklustre when they begin to wear off.
The key to reviving sun-exposed skin is exfoliation and rehydration. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells from the outermost layers of the skin where they can collect and the removal of these cells can make the skin look and feel smoother and softer. Exfoliation will also help to even out areas of dryness, allowing hydrating and nourishing skincare products to penetrate more easily.
In order to rehydrate the skin you should make sure to drink plenty of water as this can make a huge difference in the appearance of the skin, especially when it has become parched under the sun’s rays. If you make sure to drink at least two litres of water a day (more when the weather is hot), you’ll notice that your skin is plumper and has a lovely natural glow. As well as rehydrating from the inside, hydrating serums and moisturisers also have lots of external benefits for sun-exposed skin. When used often these can help to sooth tight areas, smooth dry patches and create the radiance that dehydrated skin can lack.
For a professional treatment to help revitalise and refresh your skin after sun exposure, we recommend you pop in for a soothing and deeply hydrating Intraceuticals facial. This treatment uses hyaluronic acid, a highly effective skin hydrator, and hyperbaric oxygen, which also helps to promote hydration of the skin. Along with vitamins, antioxidants and botanical boosters, the hyaluronic acid and oxygen revive and replenish, to create a natural radiance, which will help your skin look healthier and feel smoother.
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