Time to reassess your skin care
Most of us look forward to a long, hot summer but getting out to enjoy it can be harsh on your skin. It’s important to make some seasonal changes now and adapt your skincare regime to the weather, just like you would your wardrobe.
The good, the bad and the dangerous
The sun supports your body in producing seratonin, a mood boosting hormone, which is great news for your well-being. It also aids the production of Vitamin D which we need for promoting bone growth. BUT...it's not so good for your skin.
Exposure to the sun causes premature ageing of the skin. Sadly the sun is responsible for most of the visible aging of your skin – far more than all other factors combined. Shorter wave UVB rays mainly affect the epidermis and can cause sunburn, skin damage and skin cancer. Longer wave UVA rays penetrate the epidermis and reach deep into the dermis where they damage the collagen and elastin fibers. In fact, UV rays are the primary cause of wrinkles, pigmentation, sun spots, reduced skin elasticity, the degradation of skin texture and many other signs of skin aging.
Increased temperatures cause us to sweat more. Sweat carries with it grime that has built up in your pores and if it settles back into your skin then you risk breakouts, milia and rashes. So during the summer months it’s more important than ever to keep your skin cleansed regularly and thoroughly.
UV radiation is the number one cause of skin cancer. If you look through a microscope at sun-damaged skin cells, you can actually see breaks in the chromosomes (strands of DNA in your body’s cells) where they have been damaged by solar radiation. This chromosomal damage can lead to skin cancer.
Sunlight effects our immune system. Research in recent years has shown that exposure to environmental UV levels can alter the activity of the cells responsible for triggering immune responses. As a consequence sun exposure may enhance the risk of infection and reduce the body's defences.
Damage caused by the sun's rays is cumulative. You can't reverse it, but you can prevent it. So it’s essential that you balance the outdoor life with a good skin care regime and protect yourself from any harmful impact from the sun’s rays.
This applies to any time of the year, but since most of us spend more time outdoors during the summer months, now's a good time to take a fresh look at how you're caring for your skin.
Here’s our recommendations for upping your skincare game as you enjoy the summer months:-
1. Keep hydrated. Drink plenty of water. This seems obvious but most of us still forget to drink enough. Our bodies depend on water to function effectively and it plays a vital role in keeping skin hydrated and free of toxins. Try to sip your way through 8 glasses of water throughout each day. Your kidneys will thank you for it! Green tea is also an excellent source of fluid and is high in antioxidants which help to eliminate dead skin cells.
2. Cut down on salt. Try to consume less snacks and salty products as salt can have a dehydrating effect on your body. Include fruits with high water content in your diet - watermelon, cucumber, oranges and lettuce, to boost your intake of nutrients and anti-oxidants.
3. Fresh air is free and great for the metabolism. Make an effort to get out and enjoy the lovely weather a little more than usual. Take the dog for a second walk each day, or walk to the local shop instead of driving. And while you're out there, take plenty of nice deep breaths to clean out your lungs and rid them of impurities.
4. Develop a simple daily skincare regime. Set aside the first and last 10 minutes of each day to cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin with natural products that will hydrate and nourish without any nasties. If you’ve already got a good routine, now’s an excellent time to look at the products you use and make sure you’re using the best range for your skin.
The Tropic ABC Skincare range – Smoothing Cleanser, Vitamin Toner and Skin Revive Moisturiser. All Tropic products are packed with hydrating oils and uplifting ingredients to detoxify and plump your skin safely.
5. Protect your skin from harmful UV rays… all day, every day. This is essential. Apply a safe, non-toxic sunscreen every morning as part of your routine. Use a product designed for your face with an SPF of at least 30, applied after your skincare regime and before any make up. This will help fight off the ageing effects of the sun and delay the onset of wrinkles and fine lines.
Topic Tinted Skin Shade (SPF 50) – mineral facial sun protection, high in
Omega 6, and tinted to provide sheer coverage for radiant skin.
6. Exfoliate twice a week. Regular exfoliation removes dead skin cells and keeps your skin looking brighter and more radiant. Last thing at night is a great time to do this, followed by a nourishing night cream or facial oil. This will help skin cells regenerate quickly whilst you sleep and fight off signs of ageing.
Tropic Face Smooth – a brightening polish packed with antioxidants and vitamin E.
Tropic Organic Elixir – a luxurious age-defying facial oil to help stimulate collagen production.
Tropic Night Repair – a cell renewal cream concentrate with plant ceramide complexes which are clinically proven to restore skin elasticity.
7. Apply minimal make up. Allow your skin to breathe more easily during hot and humid weather when you're likely to be sweating more. Mineral face powders with an SPF are great at any time of the year, but particularly in the summer. Go for the natural look and keep eye make up to a minimum. Keeping your hands and feet well manicured with gorgeous painted nails will keep you looking and feeling fab whilst you're wearing less make-up.
8. Don’t forget your eyes and lips. If you’re going outdoors, apply a lip balm with SPF protection, and wear sunglasses whenever possible as the skin around your eyes is delicate and prone to lines and wrinkles.
9. Go fake....naturally. If you’re keen to keep exposure to the sun to a minimum but still want a lovely, natural tan throughout the summer months, there are natural self-tanning products available for the face to help you achieve a summer glow safely. Make sure you look at the list of ingredients carefully to avoid applying chemicals or harsh ingredients to your skin.
Tropic Sun Drops – an innovative gradual tanning facial serum to mix with your moisturiser, containing aloe vera and coconut water to boost skin radiance.
Whatever else you’re enjoying this summer – enjoy looking after your skin.
Cleanse, hydrate and protect.