5 TOP Skin Tips by Somatologist Ammarentia –
to ENJOY the summer sun without the harm
I love sunshine, and even though the sun is “hot”, it can do “cool” things.
The sun keeps us warm, makes plants grow and gives us Vitamin D, so that we can absorb calcium into our bodies for strong bones.
The sun’s rays include the invisible ultraviolet rays, also called UV rays. Some UV rays pass through the air and clouds and penetrate our skin. When your skin has been exposed to too many of these rays, you get what is known as sunburn (very sore and very damaging to long term skin beauty and health).
Some people can get a sunburn faster than others because of their natural skin colour or what is called their melanin density.
We all need some sun exposure, but we do need to be wise and careful.
Repeated unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and sadly skin cancer. Unfortunately even people in their twenties can develop skin cancer.
Did you know that most children get the largest amount of their lifetime sun exposure before the age of 18, so it is important for parents to kindly educate them on how to have safe sun fun.
Ammarentia’s top 5 tips for beautiful summer skin:
- Apply your SPF sunscreen every morning and re-apply when you have been in the sun for longer periods than usual.At least after swimming and definitely during lunchtime again. So easy to remember.
- Make a statement and wear a hat. I see the most gorgeous hats all around. Your really don’t have to worry about messing up your hair, just find one that fits your needs and be even more stylish.
- Hydrate. Make sure you are drinking enough water to keep your body comfortable with the increase in temperatures. Also at night add extra hydration to your skin in the form of a Hydrating Masque or a product that contains Hyaluronic acid or some Aloe Ferox as two of my favourites.
- Prevent burning: Enjoying the sun and getting some colour feels great, but to avoid skin damage avoid too much. Check – a simple test is to press your finger onto your tanning skin and remove it. If it leaves a white imprint you are in danger of burning. What to do – apply more sunscreen, cover up with a hat, long sleeves or a shawl/towel or loose leggings. Always try to stay out of the full midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon when possible.
- Cool your skin: especially if your skin is feeling on fire. This is your skin’s call for repairing. Perhaps you missed a bit of sunscreen cover or did not apply enough. Don’t suffer the pain, although the damage is already there, cooling gels and soothing botanicals can help prevent redness, soreness and reduce peeling. Apply cooling balms generously to sunburn skin, as soon as you notice an effect. Definitely cover up for a day (at least) or more and keep your skin hydrated.