Some love summers, some not so much, but it’s this time of the year which provides us with many opportunities to stay outdoors and enjoy the long days and warm nights. But, this enjoyment can come at a price, and it’s your skin that takes the toll. Sun exposure subjects your skin to sun damage and can lead to premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, marks, and dry skin.
Avoiding the outdoors altogether is both impractical and nearly impossible, so the hottest time of the year requires careful thought for your skin as you enjoy the heat and freedom of summer. Here are some ways to take care of your sun damaged skin and reverse the damage.
Use High Sunscreen
Sunscreen is one of the keys to radiant, youthful-looking skin. By reducing your daily sun exposure, sunscreen allows your skin time to heal and your immune system the chance to repair some existing damage. Using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher is ideal for this. Obagi Matte Sun Shield is for those who really care about their skin. Being an SPF 50, this seriously high protection sunscreen combines high UVB absorption and dynamic UVA blockage in a matte finish. It is also fragrance free and for all skin types.
Other sunscreen products include the Obagi Tinted Sun Shield Broad collection. Available in either cool or warm, this SPF 50 sunscreen shields skin from UVA and UVB rays, whilst also defending against infrared rays. These sunscreens are designed to match your natural undertone and enhance your natural complexion.
Skin Care Regime
Having a good skin care regime helps your skin to heal and prevent any further damage. Besides a regular moisturising ritual, exfoliation helps smooth the skin, removing old, dry, dead skin cells, toxins, and other deposits, allowing new skin cells to surface. Using Obagi CRX System C-Exfoliating Day Lotion accelerates the surface skin turnover, whilst hydrating and protecting your skin.
Glycolic acid within the lotion exfoliates the surface of the skin, whilst Hyaluronic acid and vitamins improve the quality of the skin, preventing further stress and damage.
Importance of Hydration
Summer exposure to the sun, chlorine and salt water can dry out your skin, but by keeping it hydrated, it can reduce these effects. Obagi Hydrate is a product that is ideal for this situation. This lotion is formulated to provide long lasting hydration for all-day moisture protection, whilst retaining water and gradually delivering moisture to the skin.
With ingredients such as shea butter, mango butter, and avocado, it helps combat skin dryness without clogging your pores.
Avoiding taking care of sun damaged skin can be very uncomfortable and increase the stress of the skin. Here at Skin Station, we understand the importance of looking after your skin. Using these products can help reverse the effects and prevent further damage. Even as the summer comes to an end, it doesn’t mean the end of your sunscreen routine, as up to 80% of UV radiation can penetrate light cloud cover. If you want to find out more information on what we offer, get in touch with a member of our team who are happy to help.