Summer is officially here! You’re outdoors, enjoying the heat and basking in the sun. You remember to wear sunscreen daily, cover up, and relax in the shade when possible, but that simply isn’t enough to keep your skin protected and replenished. Sun spots, wrinkles, and uneven skin texture can all be caused by improper post-sun care in your summer beauty routine. Here, we’ll show you how to properly care for post-sun skin with a simple natural summer skincare routine.
What effects does sun exposure have on your skin?
The sun can impact your skin through UV rays, which reach the inner layers of the skin. Both short-term and long-term effects can be caused by sun exposure, ranging from mild to severe. Dry skin in the summer is more common because of the sun’s effect on the skin cells. Your skin may also feel greasy in the summer because it’s dry, and is overproducing oils to try and replenish all the lost fatty acids. You are most likely familiar with one of the more common effects of sun exposure, a sunburn, with the skin being red and inflamed, sometimes painful and warm to the touch. While this can be a short-term problem that typically resolves in a few days, more serious long-term effects include dark spots, skin sagging, wrinkles, fine lines, and leathery skin. These can be really difficult to counteract and can make the skin appear more aged than it really is. Now, let’s see how you can avoid facing these problems by giving your skin what it needs post-sun.
Skincare Routine For Your Post-Sun Skin
Step 1: Cleanse the skin from sweat & sun products
Once you’ve come home after a long day in the sun, the first thing you’ll want to do is gently cleanse away any sunscreen and sweat that is stuck in your pores. Any products you use should be calming and hydrating to the skin, with ingredients that are loaded with antioxidants to protect against the damage caused by the sun.
The Camel Milk Face & Body Soap is the top choice to reach for. This soap contains both humectants and emollients, which pull water into your skin, leaving it nourished and softened. Ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, and camel milk contain a number of essential fatty acids that your dry summer skin is going to be craving for, after being in the sun all day.
Step 2: Gently Exfoliate and avoid burnt areas
Sun damage can cause skin cell renewal to be delayed, which leads to a build-up of dead skin cells. A little gentle exfoliating can help, but avoid areas where you are burnt or the skin may already be peeling. You’ll also want to avoid harsh exfoliants that feel scratchy to the skin as these are too rough on sensitive skin. By exfoliating, you’re also allowing any moisturizers to be fully absorbed into the skin.
The Camel Milk Exfoliating Shower Cream is perfect for gently removing dead skin cells while refilling the skin with hydration. Ingredients like green tea oil, lavender oil, geranium oil, and calendula oil are anti-inflammatory and soothing, providing instant relief to post-sun skin. The AHAs in Camel Milk are gentle to sensitive skin and can aid in fading pigment spots. If your skin is sunburnt, we’d recommend avoiding exfoliating until 2-3 days after sun exposure.
Step 3: Finish off with a heavy moisturizer
Arguably the most important step for your post-sun skin is to hydrate your skin with a rich moisturizer. The longer you spend in the sun, the thirstier the skin gets, and the weaker the skin barrier becomes. Using a rich moisturizer can soothe and hydrate your skin and help repairing your skin layers. A natural option is best so you can avoid harmful ingredients adversely affecting your skin.
You can choose between the Camel Milk Body Butter and Camel Milk Body Lotion for this step. The Camel Milk Body Lotion is a lighter formulation but is still intensely hydrating with ingredients like grape seed oil, jojoba seed oil, and jasmine oil, all calming the skin and are loaded with antioxidants that help in protecting the skin from sun damage. The Camel Milk Body Butter will provide ultra hydration with its thicker texture and natural ingredients like macadamia seed oil and wheat germ oil. Both are great options and can soothe skin. You can even place them in the fridge to cool down before applying to the skin.