Skin care for sensitive skin can be tricky regardless of the season, but summer poses some unique challenges. When skin becomes irritated, invisible inflammation sets in, encouraging the production of free radicals that can actually cause wrinkles and skin-aging. That's why it's so important to use the best cleanser for sensitive skin and find the right products for sensitive skin. Skin irritation in the summer is common, due to a variety of different issues, which makes sensitive skin care a crucial part of your summer routine. Let's break down exactly why skin tends to be more sensitive in the summer and what you can do about it.
Everyone knows that skin redness caused by a sunburn is bad, but what some people don't realize is that simply tanning is extremely damaging to the skin. Even a slight tanning color of the skin is a sign of injury. Exposing your skin to UV rays without proper protection weakens the structure of the skin, causing lines, wrinkles, sagging and stretched pores, and it can make your skin more sensitive in the future. 90% of your skin's signs of aging are a direct result of the sun. So always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen and stay in the shade when you can!
Chlorine is one of the biggest summer irritants for skin. Even if you don't frequent the neighborhood pool often, minimal contact with chlorine can leave your skin dry and flaky. No matter what skin type you have, always cleanse after coming into contact with chlorine. It can seep into your pores and cause irritation and dryness, so it's important to find the right cleanser like Bioelements Sensitive Skin Cleanser [available at Cultures Salon]. After washing off the chlorine, make sure to moisturize in order to treat your skin and prevent further irritation.
We all sweat more in the summer; there's just no getting around this issue. The act of sweating is actually good for us, because it pushes impurities and bacteria out of your pores. However, if you let it sit on the skin for any prolonged period of time, the bacteria can get re-absorbed back into your skin and cause breakouts, excess oil, inflammation and dehydration. The right cleansing oil formula will gently cleanse away this pore-clogging sweat, and it will bind your skin's oil and impurities.
It's shocking how often people choose the wrong sunscreen. Above all, make sure to choose a formula that's labeled "broad spectrum" -- that's the only way to ensure you're protected against burning UVB and UVA rays. It's crucial to choose the right sensitive skin care products, especially when it comes to sunscreen. Double check to make sure it doesn't contain artificial colorants, synthetic fragrance, parabens, DEA, phthalates or harsh irritants and that it's been dermatologist and clinically tested to be non-irritating, like Bioelements broad spectrum sunscreens [available at Cultures Salon]. And it's crucial that you apply the right amount, and apply it often enough. A whole shot glass (about 1 ounce) should be used on all exposed areas of the face and body, with a pea sized amount for the face alone. And re-apply every 2 hours when exposed to the sun.
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(This blog was originally written by Teresa Stenzel for Bioelements Professional Skin Care.)