(AD) Summer is here!!! and it is the time to relax, enjoy the nature, the sea, the mild summer breeze, all outdoor activities and enjoy the sunshine, which is the main source of vitamin D.
The vitamin D keeps our bones healthy, protects our mental health and supports our immune system, vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that our body produces when it is exposed to the sun. Because only a few foods naturally contain vitamin D, the sun is our main source of vitamin D. But long exposure to the sun also brings serious damage to our skin that we can easily avoid with these 8 essential skincare essentials tips for enjoy the sun without worries.
Sunscreen is the best protection to take care the skin and avoid the premature skin aging, to avoid premature aging of your skin, you should use a sunscreen identified as “broad-spectrum.” This means it blocks out both UVA and UVB rays, unlike just a sun protection factor (SPF) designed to block burning UVB rays. be sure to choose a sunscreen suitable for your skin type. Give more attention to the areas that are constantly exposed to the sun. Remember that we spend many hours a day indoors at home, office, gym and when we go out on a weekend or go on vacation we want to take a sunbath at once, but when we go from being indoors and taking very little sun to exposing suddenly ourselves directly to the sun, we do not give the skin time to gradually build a tolerance to UV rays, therefore our skin will burn more easily when exposed to strong UV rays, the ideal is to expose moderately to the sun and with the skin well protected with a good broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF and avoid intense sun exposure.
Baby skin care in the summer and the sunscreen.
With the children and specially with the babies we must have extra care because the children’s skin is extra sensitive to the sunlight. If your baby is younger than 6 months old, it should be kept out of direct sunlight. keep the baby in the shade as much as possible, avoid using sunscreen if the baby is younger than 6 months old. Baby’s young skin does not have the ability to metabolize and excrete chemicals often found in sunscreens. Use lightweight sun-protective clothing that breathes and covers the arms and legs of the baby. Always protect your baby’s head, face, ears, and neck with a wide-brimmed hat. Protect the baby’s eyes with sunglasses with UVA / UVB protection. Eyes are affected by exposure to the rays of UV radiation. Overexposure to UV light contributes to the development of cataracts, retinal damage, and other eye problems. Experts report that as much as 80% of UV damage to our eyes is done before the age of 18, making it even more important all of us to start protecting our eyes at an early age.
Be sure to walk early in the morning before 10 AM or after 4 PM and use a stroller with a sun-protective cover. The shade is the best way to protect your baby from the sun, if you can’t find a shade, create your own using an umbrella, canopy or the hood of a stroller.
For babies older than 6 months old until 1year and toddler is now safe to use sunscreen (always the best is keep the baby in the shade as much as possible, the babies are very sensitive to the sun light) choose a sunscreen designated for infant skin, Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, with UVA / UVB protection (I use SPF 50 with UVA/UVB protection) particularly to areas left uncovered such as baby’s hands. Some children experience allergic reactions to various sunscreen ingredients. Test a product first by applying a small amount to a limited area of skin. Choose a product that is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. Remember that all the protection methods explained above still apply, however now sunscreen use should be incorporated.
Super important, sunscreen must be applied 30 minutes before going outside and reapplied every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
Use sunscreen even if it is cloudy outside. Clouds don’t absorb or block UV radiation.
2.- Sunglasses and a hat
In addition to protecting our skin with a good sunscreen, it is also important to protect the health of our eyes from the intense rays of the sun and the best way is to use sunglasses, it is recommended to use sunglasses that block 99% of UVA and UVB rays. The sunglasses are the equivalent of a sunscreen for your eyes.
Remember retinal exposure to UV radiation is associated with cataracts and macular degeneration, both causes of vision impairment. UV radiation damage builds over time, so the sooner you start protecting you and your children’s eyes from the sun, the lower the risk will be of ever developing future eye problems.
A hat will also protect us not only our eyes but also additionally protect us from burns on our skin specially in the face, ears and neck, is fashion and we will looking more chic.
3.- Use a Lip Balm.
Extreme weather conditions like summer and winter make your lips vulnerable, the result is: dry and chapped lips. One of the simplest ways to prevent this is by applying lip balm to keep them hydrated and they heal faster. Be sure to choose one with SPF protection.
4.- Minimize makeup
During the beach days the best is to minimize the makeup as much as possible. Using heavy makeup bases or a lot of makeup on the eyes with the heat, the sand, and the sweat, do not make a good combination and sure will not make you look beautiful and fresh, the best is a fresh and natural look, and keeping the skin good protected. Of course, to go out after a whole day at the beach you will be perfect with a refreshing shower or bath and a light makeup. Be sure to choose light and waterproof makeup with SPF protection.
5.- Use light clothes
The light colors reflect the light, and the dark colors absorb it, this is the reason why most of the summer clothes are in light colors, because it will make us feel more fresh and comfortable. Linen and cotton are ideal for use in the Summer because they help heat escape from the body instead of retaining it. That is why most of the summer clothes are made with this type of fabric.
6.- Shower with a moisturizer body wash after a day sun.
After a sunny and happy day at the beach, the sun leaves your skin tanned but also dry and needs immediate hydration, plus you also want to wash off the sand, salt and sweat of the day. Using a traditional soap is not a good idea because it promotes dry skin and we bring already dry skin from the beach at the sun, so using a traditional soap will exacerbate the problem. Be sure to use a hydrating body wash after a day under the sun, a moisturizer body wash will make your skin soft and smooth. This is also valid for the hair, after a sunny day it is best to wash the hair with a mild moisturizing shampoo and with a deep conditioner.
7.- After Shower use a good moisturizer lotion.
After shower, hydrate the skin intensely with a moisturizing lotion is a must, I prefer after sun the lotions with aloe-vera.
The aloe-vera helps to restore the health of the skin, hydrate and help to soothe sunburn.
8.- Stay Hydrated all the time.
Hot temperatures, humidity and direct sunlight is the perfect recipe for dehydration, that does not mean that we cannot enjoy the beach, what it means is that we must pay more attention to hydrate our body correctly during the time that we are directly exposed to heat. Drink enough water and eat foods with high water content. Fruits and vegetables contain water, and we can consume them as a snack to help us stay hydrated.
Enjoy the summer, feel fabulous and live a more chic life.