Marie Claire recently posted a blog on how you can take care of your skin during pre- and post sun exposure this holiday.
It’s all about fun in the sun while on a summer holiday, but suffering from painful sunburn and potential hair loss due to excessive sun exposure doesn’t sound like much fun. Lying out by the pool or on the beach, enjoying a bit of sunshine, can unfortunately have irreversible effects. Below are some essential pre- and post-sun tips to apply in your skincare and haircare routine.
Sunscreen… sunscreen… and more sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen which contains a minimum of SPF 30 to protect your skin from the harmful cancer causing UVB rays. A light water-resistant one will allow you to take a dip in the pool or ocean, and not have you emerge looking like a white, pasty ghost. It is recommended that you reapply your sunscreen every two to three hours throughout the day.
We know this one is a bit difficult to do while on holiday, but try to limit the amount of time you spend in the sun. Try to stay in the shade as much as possible to reduce sun exposure. Wear a large sun hat and protect exposed areas like your shoulders and back with a stylish shirt or cover-up.
ake care of your skin post ‘fun-in-the-sun’ by first cleansing away the dirt, sweat and impurities collected throughout the day. Then moisturise your body with a hydrating cream which will help restore your skin’s moisture levels by adding extra long-lasting hydration. Try Pure Beginnings Hydrating Body Lotion, Savannah Shea Body Lotion, Optiphi Body Curve Evergreen Body Lotion or Afriderm Body Butter.
Keeping a small hand cream like MatsiMela Litchi & Rose Hand Cream in your beach bag is a handy way to maintain soft, moisturised hands throughout the day and night.
If you do get burnt, apply a cooling after-sun gel or moisturiser. We always reach for the Theravine Aftersun Rescue Gel which contains Grape Stem Cells and Aloe Vera to soothe, calm and reduce irritation of the skin after UV sunlight exposure.
Whether if it’s before, during or after, always keep in mind that the sun is not your skin or hair’s friend, so the less interaction they have the happier you will be in the long run.
More about Afriderm’s Body Butter
- Enhances the beauty of dark skin with the best of natural herbal ingredients
- Relieves dry or ashy skin with the power of ultra-moisturising Sodium Lactate.
- Enriched with a powerful herbal & mineral complex.
- This rich, creamy formula is a concentrated hydrator designed for the whole body, but especially for the elbows, knees, heels and other areas exposed to constant friction.
- Removes an ashy appearance and calms irritated skin.
- Restores softness and natural elasticity with regular use.