Summer Sun Care

After a long and exciting day of summer fun, the last thing you want to have is a sunburn.  Thankfully, there are many ways to prevent that from happening. The most simplest and effective way of preventing sunburn is to use a sunscreen. Sunscreen contain specific ingredients which protects the skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. UVA rays (which cause wrinkling, sagging, and other signs of early aging) and UVB rays (which are the main reason behind sunburns) damage your skin and increase your chances of skin cancer. That is why it’s vital to pick a sunscreen that offers a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection, has a SPF of at least 25 or higher, and is water resistant if you plan on taking a dip. In addition to sunscreen, stay in the shade and wear a hat!

Here are some of my favorite products for protecting the skin

 

Environ Sunscreen:

·         SPF 25 with a combination of physical sunscreens as well as a unique phyto-complex to improve appearance of fine lines

·         Supplies skin with essential nutrients necessary for enhanced skin protection

·         Light, creamy, non-greasy that is easily applied for the face and body sunscreen

·         Paraben free

·         Suitable for all skin types especially sensitive, oily, or rosacea-prone skin

·         Contains soybean that reconstruct cell and aid in reversing the signs of UV damage

·         Hydrate, soothes, and reduces puffiness

·         Key ingredients: micronized titanium dioxide (blocks UVA and UVB) and antioxidants

Biologique Recherche Protection UV:

·         100% natural SPF 25 non-nanoparticulate mineral (physical) filters

·         Contains plant-based active ingredients

·         Protects the epidermis from UVA, UVB, and infrared

·         Anti-aging, soothing, anti-spot, and moisturizing active ingredients protect skin from sun damage and dehydration

·         Paraben free and lightweight formula

·         Recommended for all skin types

·         Key ingredients: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (sunscreens), luminaria algae extract (antioxidant)

·         $130 for 1.7 fluid ounces

Dr. Sturm Sun Drops:

·         Lightweight SPF 50 serum that can be added to your moisturizer or foundation or applied undiluted

·         Key ingredients: active complex of cassia extract, vitamin E and beta-glucan (a type of sugar)

·         Protects the skin from both UVA and UVB filters and promotes the regeneration of damaged skin cells

·         Made without fragrance, mineral oil, silicones, or parabens

 

What to do when you have a sunburn?

 

One of the most asked questions during the summer is “What are ways to relieve a sunburn?”  One of the first steps should be to go indoors and take a cool and refreshing shower. This guarantees an instant relief. Next, you should use lotions (especially with aloe vera) to moisturize and soothe your skin. There are a lot of natural remedies you can try, just be careful to test it out on a small part on your arms to see how it reacts with your skin.

Also, remember to drink lots of water and other liquids. Because your skin is super dry, staying hydrated will allow your skin to heal more quickly.

Here are some of my favorite products to use on sunburnt skin

 

Dr. Sturm calming serum:

·         Gentle formula helps improve sensitivity over time and helps reduce redness and burning

·         Ideal for those affected by sun exposure

·         Contains a plant-based blend of Cardiospermum, Echium, and Sunflower to re-balance irritated complexion

BR Reparation UV:

·         Regenerates the skin after sun exposure

·         Soothing, repairing, and moisturizing

·         Protects skin from aging

·         Recommended for skin that has been exposed to UV and infrared rays

The Balm:

·         Multi use healing balm that soothes and nourishes dry and dehydrated skin

·         Contains natural/pure plant oils that help hydrate and nourish the skin

 

P.S. Don’t forget to REAPPLY your  sunscreen!