How To Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage

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Source | Moose Photos

Just because it is towards the latter portion of summer, the sun continues to shine and the temperature rises throughout the day. It can be tough to sacrifice the late summer fun having to stay indoors to avoid potential sun damage.

Sure, your summer spirit could be flying high but your skin will take a tormented beat down on a cellular level.

Everyone from physicians to skin care specialists, always lecture on the use of sunscreen. But, there are other steps to consider when protecting your skin from sun damage.

Even if you are meticulous about sunscreen application, there is still that miniscule moment where you can miss vital protection. Some common missed areas like the bridge of your nose and certain activities like swimming or sweating are avoided or wipe off.

It is so important to have a skin care routine that uses optimal practices and products to repair skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Below, are some ideas to supplement your routine to prevent further damages:  

Make Your Skin Stronger

Did you know that even if you use sunscreen, other products and treatments can temporarily weaken the skin’s natural barrier after being exposed to the sun? It is true. Certain chemical ingredients like products that contain retinol, exfoliating acids like glycolic, citrus essential oils can make the skin photosensitive.

It is another reason why you are instructed to not go sun tanning to show off the newly smooth stems after laser hair removal treatment. If you’re taking medications, check in with your physician if it can make your skin photosensitive thus making you susceptible to skin redness.

But it is not just limited to the aforementioned ingredients to watch for! Detergents like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and acids like infamous Salicylic strip the skin of its natural oils. The skin is barren and most likely receptive to irritation. This action causes the skin’s pH balance to go haywire as it disrupts its natural balance.

Boost Your Skin With Antioxidants

Perhaps the best way to boost skin health is by consuming antioxidants for bright, even-toned skin. If you really desire glowing skin, I suggest working from the inside out.

Consuming fresh, wholesome foods will provide radiant skin and other health benefits. These foods are filled with nutrients that enhance the skin’s look, fights aging, and protect against skin cancer. For more information on steps for glowing skin, check out this post!

While you can make adjustment to your diet, applying a product with powerful antioxidants to the skin can be beneficial at restoring the skin’s pH balance and evening out the skin’s tone. One ingredient called quercetin is highly potent than vitamin C at smoothing out the skin. It can be found in the skins of apples and this amazing compound helps to slow aging.

Use a product like one that is serum or mist-based as a nightly treatment or use a bit with your favorite foundation for your daytime look. Not only will you protect your skin but it can help fade dark spots over time revealing beautiful, healthy skin.

Treat Yourself to a DIY Decadent Facial Massage

A great facial massage is just the ticket for resilient skin. With consistency, massages can restore the skin’s quality and the luminous quality. To begin, use your favorite face oil. I enjoy Herbivore Botanicals Orchid Face Oil because of it contains no fillers and it has an awesome combination of antioxidants and fatty acids to moisturize the skin.

To give yourself a renewing facial massage:

1. Thoroughly wash and dry your hands with soap and warm water.

2. Use a few drops of facial oil onto the palm of your hands and rub hands together to warm.

3. Gently pat your palms to all areas of your face being sure to apply an even application.

4. Use both your index and middle fingers to make small circles around your temples.

5. Next, swipe from behind the ears and down the jawline to the chin.

6. Using your intuition and mindfulness, apply firm pressure as you swipe your face in upward motions.

7. Using your four fingers, massage the neck area especially where it meets your head in shorter, smoother strokes.

8. Finally, rake your scalp to release any hidden tensions.

 Source | Herbivore Botanicals

Source | Herbivore Botanicals

Alternatively, you can invest in a jade facial massage roller. This beautiful device from Herbivore Botanicals is a personal favorite that has helped to tighten skin and de-puffs skin in minutes. Deriving from ancient Chinese skincare methods, this tool is great for a quick facial massage ritual that is relaxing and ultra supportive of great skin. I usually stash mines in the fridge for a cooler massage treat during these hot temperatures.

With these healthful tips and skin practices, your skin will maintain the ultra glow long past the summer season!