Taking care of your skin before, during and after vacation

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Summer is the most beloved season however the sun and the high temperatures come at a price and it is your skin that pays that price. Sun damage can lead to premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, marks and dry skin. So we need to take good care of our skin.
  • Ultraviolet A (UVA): penetrates skin's deepest layer and can activate free radicals and promote skin aging.
  • Ultraviolet B (UVB):penetrates the skin's upper layer and may cause sunburn, allergic reactions and skin cancers.
  • Infra-red (IR):has an impact on collagen and elastin. 
The hottest part of the day during the summer is the most damaging time so avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 am. Wear always sunscreens. Cover up as much skin as you can, using lightweight natural fabrics with light colors.Wear a hat to protect your facial skin and sunglasses to protect eye skin and eyes.
Rinse skin after swimming especially when you've been swimming in chlorinated swimming pools as the chlorine can dry out your skin and for some people it can even result in an allergic reaction.
Avoid spraying perfume on your skin in the sun. During the summertime, it is recommended that you spritz your clothes with your fragrance rather than your skin.
Drink plenty of water. Dehydration results in dry skin, frown-lines, spots, a sluggish complexion and a lack of "glow". Drink water regularly throughout the day, water will both hydrate your skin and flush out toxins .
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, in salads, steamed, raw, or as part of a recipe dish. Choose from the rainbow of fruit and vegetable colors to ensure that you're getting all the antioxidants and nutrients your skin needs. Yogurt is a healthy addition to your diet; just be sure it's sugar free and natural.
You need essential fats in your diet to keep your skin moist and supple. The answer is to exclude unhealthy fats (hydrogenated, trans fats, and heat or light damaged fats) from your diet but to keep using healthy fats daily. Nuts and seeds and fresh fish are excellent sources of good fats.
Always remember these steps after a day in the beach:

1. Shower and Moisturize
You have applied layer upon layer of sunscreen, and swam around in the salty ocean; it's time to clean your body. Use a hydrating natural bar of soap or hydrating shower gel.Immediately upon drying off, apply a moisturizing body butter to your entire body to you seal in all of the moisture in your skin from the shower.If sun burn is an issue, there are appropriate products for any type of sun burns that might occur.

2. Moisturize Your Feet
Sand is the perfect natural exfoliator ...so start walking around in the sand without your flip-flops.At home remember always to moisturize them.

3. Don't Forget Your Hair 
A product you can apply before you leave is a UV protectant for your hair. This will also protect your color.When you get home from the beach, give it a thorough washing and apply a deep conditioner for a good 5-10 minutes. 

4. Face 
Use a gentle face cleanser to wash off all of your sunscreen, and then apply a hydrating moisturizer or night cream.

5. Lips
Lips can easily sunburn, so its better to use specific products with SPF protection. But no matter if you did or didn't, your lips will be feeling a bit dry. Apply a thick lip balm.

6.Last but very important
Water, water, water remember to hydratate your body from inside.
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