Summer Skin!

Summer, the best time of the year is upon us and what better way to celebrate than to treat ourselves to a vacation!

And finally the day has arrived for your summer vacation to begin! How exciting!!

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You can't wait to hit the beach, get that tan, or just sit by the pool watching the sunset over a glass of Proseco. Sounds truly amazing! I just got back from a fabulous holiday in Bali and it was a welcomed break! I thoroughly enjoyed the beach trips, pool days and sun!

However, the humidity, sun, salt water, chlorine, and wind wasn't too kind and left me with dull, splotchy and discolored skin. Not to mention the fact that I already have an ongoing battle with dark spot and hyper pigmentation!

I will be honest, I was not too happy with the after effects of skin damage due to sun exposure and I want you to enjoy your holiday without having to worry about skin damage with a few tips to get you through the summer sun!

Let me save you that ordeal and share with you how to take care of your skin whilst on holiday. It may sound a little far-fetched but I promise you it is not impossible! My number one tip (as mentioned in my instagram post last week) is, although SUNSCREEN should be your best friend (not only in summer, but all year round), what's even more important is choosing the right one that can be trusted to do the job of protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays.

With so many sunscreens available in the market though, how do you know the one you choose will give you the best results?

Also, the ingredients in the sunscreen should not irritate or cause skin allergies.

With a history of dark spots & hyper pigmentation, I have always been on the lookout for sunscreens that will protect and prevent further worsening of this condition.

Over the years researching and, trying and testing different sunscreens, I have found the best ones are those that contain ZINC OXIDE & TITANIUM DIOXIDE as these form a physical barrier to protect the skin from the sun.

They contain mineral filters as opposed to chemical filters (such as oxybenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate) and are easily absorbed in the skin.

The good news is, you don't have to wait 20 mins after application to step out into the sun.Yay!

As per a study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration, sunscreens with chemical filters can be dangerous for your health in the long run as these can cause endocrine disruption, skin cancer and affect hormones to name a few.

The only draw back I find with mineral sunscreens, is that it can leave a white cast on your skin. However, in my opinion, the assurance of getting the maximum protection without harming your health is what you want from your sunscreen. This is why I have been using Clinique's range of Sunscreens for the last decade or more and I have to say I am very happy with the results especially since I live in tropical paradise island of Sri Lanka which is close to the equator.

Recently though, I decided to look for other skincare options with less chemical content.

At the moment, I am trying out INNISFREE's skincare line, one of which is their SPF 50 anti-pollution sunscreen for the past 2 weeks.

So far,I find it suits my normal to oily combination skin and is perfect as a makeup base as it doesn't leave too white a cast.

This is a big plus if you need to constantly wear sunscreen and on days you wear foundation, it doesn't interfere with the foundation shade at all, which happened a lot with me in the past.

However, I do wish to point out that, this is not an endorsement for any particular brand of sunscreen nor am I getting paid to mention their names, but it is purely from my experience and the results of personally using these sunscreens from time to time as per my skin needs. You can choose to use any sunscreen you like that works for you!

Okay moving on from sunscreens, my next tip is to make sure you stay hydrated!

Your skin will really thank you for it. Make sure to tank up on water, fruit juices, smoothies etc throughout the day.

Vitamin C in any form is your knight in shining armor against skin damage! It is known for its antioxidant properties. Make sure you include it in your breakfast before you head out (fresh orange juice ,a bowl of fruit) and, if you are thinking of a salad for lunch, you may want to include bell peppers, broccoli, kale and spinach that are also known for high vitamin C content.

At night, after your cleansing routine, I recommend applying a vitamin C serum followed by a moisturiser, to help keep those dark spots at bay. I cannot stress this enough, but moisturise moisturise moisturise your entire body! After a day out in the sun, your skin is parched and that shower you take before bed is only going to dry your skin further. Using body oil (coconut, almond or any oil you like) after that hot shower will also do wonders for your skin!

Returning to sunscreens, don't forget your under-eye area! It is the most delicate and sensitive. After your morning skincare routine, apply a good amount of sunscreen around the eye area before you put on those sunglasses, to help prevent lines and wrinkles due to sun exposure.

At night before you sleep make sure to apply a good eye cream.

I'll let you in on a little secret (or you may know it already😁) on how to get rid of those puffy eyes after a late night out (and also help retain moisture around the eye)...

Simply apply a coat of petroleum jelly on the area around your eyes, over your eye cream. This acts as a moisture barrier and see the magic happen next morning!

It works for me all the time and hope it does for you too!

Last but not least, I highly recommend getting a facial and full body scrub especially post vacation to help reverse some of the damage due to sun exposure.

Exfoliation is important because it helps remove dead skin cells, release excess toxins and allows your skin to breathe.

I hope you find all these tips useful not only when on a holiday but all year round. Happy vacationing! ⠀

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