Spring break is officially here! And if you are not already soaking under the oh-so-missed sun bliss, chances are you will do so soon.. By now, we are hoping that you are already done with your laser hair removal sessions and stopped using Retinoids on your face.. But how skin-ready are you for this sudden sun exposure? Below are CIIN’s 5 questions you should be asking yourself before you hit the beach for the first time this year!
1 || Have You Exfoliated?
Shedding those dead skin cells is the number one step you should consider in order to obtain a uniform tan.. Being a very important step before exposure to the sun, exfoliation removes the “fine protective layer” on the surface of your skin, which makes skin more vulnerable to UV rays, this calls for waiting a few days between exfoliation and sun exposure. Always keep in mind that fine skin tolerates exfoliation less well than thicker skin, so it is preferable to choose an exfoliator which adapts to your skin type.
2 || Have You Hydrated?
Hydration goes two ways.. Internally and externally.. Drinking loads and loads of water pre sun exposure will keep you safe from dehydration, which will eventually reflect on your skin.. Apply rich moisturizing creams to both your body and face (think Hyaluronic acid) , but remember, solely moisturizing will not protect skin from the sun, unlike sunscreen, it can, in a certain way, help limit its ravages. Always keep in mind that the more your skin is exposed to the sun, the more it dries out. And as it dries out, it becomes more vulnerable to UV rays. By nourishing it with a good moisturizing cream, you are helping it reconstruct its protective layer.
3 || Are You Aware Of The Importance Of Carotene and Vitamin E?
It is the time to think of antioxidant properties, foods that are rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids, such as lycopene, could improve your skin’s protection against UV rays. The best sources of carotenoids are carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, squash, broccoli, mangos, apricots, kale, peas, tomatoes and melon. Vitamin E contained in vegetable oils, almonds and nuts also provides protection from the sun. Don’t hesitate to add these sun foods to your menu! Also remember that foods that are rich in carotenoids add an orange tinge to your skin, which gives you a natural glow.
Antioxidants can also come in topical forms, our favorites are pure vitamin E oil serum, which can be applied after sun exposure, as well as L-Glutathione supplements that can be ingested daily..
4 || Are You A Firm Believer Of ’Slowly But Surely’?
The smartest sun exposure technique has always been engaging in numerous yet short exposures. The first time you go out in the sun should not last for hours and hours. Otherwise, you risk getting a mean sunburn, which could lead to skin cancer. Tanning is actually a defense mechanism deployed by the skin against excessive sun exposure, so don’t forget to apply a high-level sunscreen.
5 || How Protected Are Your Eyes And Face?
Cosmetic photo damage and premature wrinkling? No, thank you! The skin around your eyes and your face is typically much thinner than other areas on your body and is a relatively small surface area so will not contribute much to vitamin D production. You can use a safe sun block in this area or wear a cap that always keeps your eyes in the shade.