There is no doubt that summer offers some really relaxing and enjoyable moments but does your skin feel the same?
Actually no, since prolonged sun exposure combined with swimming in the sea can lead to sun spots and loss of your skin´s smooth texture as well as deterioration of its hydration levels.
The good news is that there are 4 active skin care ingredients that can protect your skin during those summer days and repair any skin damage.
You can take few products containing those ingredients with you when on holiday or just have them at home and use them when you spend time outdoors.
So, let´s see what these valuable ingredients for your summer skin care are:
Sun exposure triggers the so called oxidative stress which leads to skin aging. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant ingredient that is very effective against the free radicals that are mainly responsible for skin photo aging.
Vitamin C is found in skin care products in the forms of ascorbic acid, L-Ascorbic Acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate or ascorbyl palmitate.
You can benefit from vitamin C sun protective properties by using a good quality vitamin C serum or even a cream. By applying these products topically, you protect your skin´s cells against the damage they can get by the UV sun rays.
Vitamin C also suspends the function of an enzyme that helps produce melanin and therefore vitamin c prevents the appearance of skin pigmentation and the formation of sun spots as well as it reduces skin inflammation and boosts the power of your sunscreen.
Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant ingredient that can be extremely useful in your summer skin care. Vitamin E or else Tocopherol has rich protective and regenerating properties especially when it is combined with vitamin C.
The Tocopherol that exists in the lower and middle layers of our skin is easily destroyed by a small amount of sunlight and that is why it needs Vitamin C to keep it at optimal condition.
By using vitamin E skin care products, we protect our skin against those damaging free radicals that are formed due to sun exposure and prevent skin inflammation as well as redness that are caused by extensive sun exposure.
Who hasn’t heard about the cosmeceutical and therapeutic uses of aloe vera for skin which have long been well known, even since ancient times!
Its healing and anti-inflammatory properties are known to be especially useful when it comes to post sun skin care.
Aloe Vera contains Vitamins B and C as well as minerals, enzymes, sugars and fatty acids which are responsible for aloe vera’s rich moisturizing, healing, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
It also absorbs easily and reaches the deeper layers of the skin, offering an instant feeling of coolness and relief. That is why aloe vera is widely recommended for skin burns and sun burns.
In addition, it boosts skin micro-circulation which promotes faster healing of skin inflammation and repair.
You can read more about skin repair ingredients in our article about what ingredients to look for in collagen creams.
Hyaluronic acid is probably the best ingredient to hydrate and preserve the moisture of your skin. It is a natural ingredient and it exists even in our body mainly in the joints, collective tissues and even skin cells.
Hyaluronic acid has the potency to hold water and therefore regulate the levels of the moisture in the skin.
During the summer period that our skin gets more exposed to the sun, the stratum corneum, which is the outermost layer of the skin, becomes negatively affected by the loss of hydration.
Depending on its molecular weight and whether it is low or high, hyaluronic acid either stays on the surface of the skin or reaches the deeper layers of the skin.
It fills up the gaps that are formed by the lack of hydration and therefore replenishes water loss and keeps skin moisture at normal levels.
Using a good quality hyaluronic acid serum and a cream is the best solution to prevent your skin’s loss of hydration in the summer.
In conclusion, if you don’t want your skin to suffer this summer, you should use products that include the above sun protective skin care ingredients and of course try to avoid long sun exposure.