Everything looks much better when the sun is out. At least, that’s what it feels like. When the temperatures rise, the flowers are in bloom and the birds are singing their song, life just seems more pleasant.
The season of lazy days in the sun is nearly here and it’s a given that you’ll be spending some time under the sun. However, even though you’ve taken all necessary precautions during the day with a good SPF sun cream, your skin will still require a little TLC afterwards. Here’s how to revive your skin if you’re feeling more sun-kicked than sun-kissed.
1. To steam or not to steam
The sun feels so good on your skin, but you need to step up your game when it comes to taking care of your face and your body. After a long day in the sun, start off with a relaxing shower, but think carefully about the temperature setting. Too cold or too hot will put your body’s temperature regulators into overdrive, but the right, mild temperature will gently steam your pores, cool you off and flush the perspiration away.
2. Feeling fresh with a cleanse
Sunscreen, sunshine, sweat and salt, it’ll leave your skin feeling grimy and greasy. After your day at the beach, treat yourself to a cleanse to remove dirt, oil, leftover sun lotion and other impurities from your skin. Try to avoid using a body scrub with coarse grains, as this will irritate your already sensitive skin, and choose a delicate sugar scrub or shower oil instead. For the thin skin on your face, choose a mild and soap-free cleanser like our The Ritual of Namasté Velvety Smooth cleansing foam.
3. Hydration boost for the face
Lock it in! Hydrate your tender face with one of two extreme moisture boosting treatments, sheet masks or ampoule boosters. The first are soaked in a solution that’s packed with skin-loving ingredients like hydrogel, soothing bamboo or algae, and much more. The second, hydrating ampoule boosters, are filled with a highly concentrated fluid that gives your complexion a smoother appearance. Ideal to use after a day in the sun to revitalise and help recover the skin.
4. Moisturise and cool down
Think of your moisturiser as a glass of cool water. It’ll replenish and rehydrate your skin cells and cool you off at the same time. Anything other than that is a bonus. The bonus here being; nourishment, reducing redness, preventing your sun-drenched skin from peeling and prolonging your carefully curated tan. Seal in your body moisturiser by rubbing it into damp skin or use a face serum before applying your after-sun face cream. Soothing and hydrating the skin after a burn is best done with a lotion specifically designed for after-sun care, as these contain the skin-saving ingredient aloe vera.
5. Sun-kissed soft lips
Chapped lips are nobody’s favourite, so remember to apply SPF lip conditioner when you’re out in the sun. Even so, if your lips are craving some post-sun TLC, start by buffing them lightly. Simply rub your damp toothbrush lightly over your lips to remove dead cells from your pout. Follow it up with a moisturising Shea butter lip balm for perfectly revived and kissable lips.
6. Did we mention moisturising?
Well, it’s worth repeating. Only this time I’m talking about moisturising from within. While drinking plenty of water is important on any given day, when we’re suffering from a bad sunburn it becomes even more paramount. Tired of drinking just tap water? Add some colourful fruit or green mint leaves for extra flavouring, and why not serve it in a beautiful, eco-friendly water bottle.
Take extra care of yourself in the days following a sunburn. Keep yourself hydrated and leave potential sun blisters alone: they’ve formed to help your skin heal and popping them can lead to infection. Cover up completely when you’re outside with tightly-woven fabrics. If you’re not sure, hold your clothing up to a bright light. If you can’t see through it, it should be part of your post-sunburn wardrobe.
We’ve given you a lot of information to process, but believe us, it’s worth it. If you want to make the most out of sunny summer days, use this advice and soak up those rays safely.