Have you ever wondered how sun protection products fit in with your regular summer skin care product routine? Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your summer skin care regimen for healthy, protected skin.
Creating Your Summer Skin Care Product Base
Summer is a time when we tend to get out more and be more active, whether going for hikes, swimming at the beach, or working out at the gym. This is partially because many people have more time in summer (for the lucky ones on vacation!) and partially because the sun and warmth motivate us to leave our cozy abodes after hibernating all winter. So, what kind of summer skin care product routine do you need?
Cleanse and Exfoliate Regularly
Firstly, take advantage of this season to exfoliate, sloughing off dead cells and allowing moisturizers and antioxidant products to penetrate more deeply into the skin for hydration and protection against sun damage. We recommend the Reveal Exfoliating Foam Facial Wash with Alpha Hydroxy Acids as a gentle skin exfoliator that hydrates at the same time as giving your skin a deep cleanse. Cleanse regularly with water and a mild soap to prevent a build-up of dirt and oil to make the skin exfoliation even more effective!
Use a Light Moisturizer
Secondly, make sure you continue to moisturize, even if your skin is oily. Over-dry skin can tend to react by producing more oil, so get in first and keep your moisture barrier healthy with a light, non-comedogenic, summer skin care product such as our Pure Moisture Nourishing Face Cream and Tranquility Moisturizing Hand Cream in your morning and evening routines.
Choosing the Best Sun Protection Products
We’re told that we need to apply sunscreen in the warmer months (and ideally all year round), but what kind of sunscreen is best, particularly if you have sensitive skin? It’s very important to know what ingredients are in your sunscreen if you’re going to be applying it frequently.
Sun protection products basically fall into two categories: chemical and mineral. We prefer mineral sunscreens, but we’ll describe both.
How Chemical Sunscreen Works
Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the UVA and UVB rays, neutralizing them once in the skin. Unfortunately, this can sometimes still allows UVA rays to enter and do damage at the deeper layers of the dermis.
The chemicals used typically include any of the following: 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor
(4-MBC), Oxybenzone Benzophenone-3, Octyl-methyl-cinnamate (OMC), Octyl-dimethyl-para-aminobenzoic Acid (OD-PABA), and Homosalate (HMS). Oxybenzone, in particular, has been linked with skin allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage.
How Mineral Sunscreen Works
In contrast, mineral sunscreens sit on top of the skin as a physical barrier (rather than being absorbed into the pores) with the active ingredients of zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide reflecting the rays back off the skin to prevent sun damage. Zinc has additional benefits, such as supporting healing and reducing inflammation in the skin, making this a particularly helpful ingredient in sun protection products for sensitive skin.
Be sure to look for a mineral sunscreen that doesn’t also contain toxic ingredients, but rather one that comes with essential oils and other natural ingredients that nourish and protect the skin.
Sunscreen: Before or After Moisturizer?
Now that you’ve selected a non-toxic, nourishing sunscreen, where does it go in your summer skin care product routine?
Cleansing will always be your first step, followed by toning products and any other specific treatments. What you have left is sunscreen and moisturizer. Some experts say that the sunscreen should be applied first so that it can penetrate deeper, whereas others argue that the moisturizer would then dilute the sunscreen and make it less effective, and that therefore, the sunscreen should go on top.
Understanding the Protective Layer
Seeing as we’ve already looked at the way the sun protection products work, it makes sense to put a mineral sunscreen on last after every other summer skin care product — allowing the moisturizer to be absorbed first to hydrate the skin, and then applying your physical sun barrier over the top to deflect the UVA and UVB rays.
As mineral sunscreens don’t need to be absorbed in order to work (as opposed to the way chemical sunscreens function), applying them last makes perfect sense! Then, when cleansing at night, you’ll be wiping off your mineral protective layer first while protecting the deeper layers of nourishment you applied in the morning.
Stock up Your Summer Skin Care Product Kit with Ayr Skin Care
If you’re looking for natural summer skin care products that are soothing and non-irritating, check out the full range at Ayr Skin Care. Our range of cleansing and nourishing products help to hydrate and repair your skin, so you can enjoy smooth, soft skin all year round.
Contact us online or give us a call with your questions and comments as you shop our nourishing products online!