When we start dreaming about our skin during summer, we tend to envision it being tanned with a smooth texture and glowing radiance making you feel like a Bronze Goddess. Unfortunately, the reality can be quite different than we would like to imagine.
As we are more likely to expose ourselves to excessive sun during this prime time, we increase the risk of sunburn and premature ageing. With the increase in hot weather, we also experience water loss leading to dehydration and skin irritation. During summer, we also tend to produce more sweat and more oil, which may lead to further skin problems.
An interesting fact… our skin cell production is also more rapid during summer.
So, what are the key skin concerns during Summer?
▪ Acne breakouts
▪ Dry, inflamed and irritated skin
▪ Prickly heat (or heat rash)
▪ Adequate protection from UV
What we know so far…
Something that comes about when we have not protected our skin effectively from the sun.
▪ Acne breakouts
In summer, we get hot and we start sweating. When sweat mixes with bacteria and oils on the skin, it can clog your pores.
Being out in the sun can make those brown to grey-brown patches on your face more noticeable.
▪ Dry, inflamed, irritated skin
When outdoor air is hot and humid, you can still have dry, irritated skin. The biggest causes are the sun, chlorinated pool water and air-conditioning.
▪ Prickly heat (or heat rash)
Caused by blocked sweat glands.
The sweat is unable to be released, resulting in a rash and tiny, itchy bumps on the skin
Some misconceptions about the Summer Sun:
▪ If you do not feel heat from the sun you will not get sunburnt
▪ Applying SPF once is enough
▪ If it is cloudy, you do not need sunscreen
▪ You cannot get sunburnt in water
▪ Any sunscreen will protect against UVA and UVB
With these misconceptions, we all know very well that there are a few immediate effects of sun exposure such as inflammation, skin thickening and the activation of MMP’s (Matrix Metalloproteinases).
There are also the long-term effects such as Melanocyte cells doubling in action, Langerhans cells decreasing, elastosis and collagen degradation.
What is sunburn?
Sunburn is skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays. It usually causes the skin to become red, sore, warm, tender and occasionally itchy for about a week. The skin will normally start to flake and peel after a few days and will usually fully heal within seven days. It is still important to avoid a sunburn as it can increase your chances of developing serious health problems such as skin cancer, later in life. It is easy to underestimate your exposure to the sun when you are outside and enjoying the warmth of the sun while on holiday, as the redness does not usually develop for several hours. Breezes and getting wet from swimming may cool your skin, so you do not realise that you are getting burnt.
YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BE AWARE OF THE RISK OF SUNBURN IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE.
▪ 2 to 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers occur globally each year
▪ 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer
▪ UVA and UVB causes photo-induced skin ageing
▪ DNA damage and protein damage
▪ When MMP’s are stimulated, it damages the collagen and elastin fibres as well as the Hyaluronic Acid in the skin
▪ Infra-red raises the skin’s temperature, produces free radicals, accelerates skin ageing and reduces the skin’s natural anti-oxidant potential.
What should you do if you are sunburnt?
You should get out of the sun as soon as possible - head indoors or into a shady area.
You can usually treat mild sunburn at home, although there are some circumstances where you should seek medical advice.
The following advice may help to relieve your symptoms until your skin heals:
▪ Cool the skin by sponging it with cold water
▪ Have a cold bath or shower
▪ Apply a cold compress such as a cold flannel to the affected area
▪ Drink plenty of fluids to cool you down and for the prevention of dehydration.
What is Nimue’s solution to protect against Summer Sun?
Our solution is to protect the skin using the highest quality graded ingredients to help support the skin’s barrier, assist with optimal hydration, anti-ageing by assisting the skin with its physiological functions and improve the overall state of skin health by reducing or preventing the harmful effects of UV, IR rays and HEV on the skin.
A few tips you can use, seeing that you might be showing more skin than usual during Summer!
▪ Use an appropriate Cleanser 2 x a day.
▪ Regular exfoliation 2-3 x times a week.
▪ Keep skin well hydrated with a moisturiser (Specific day and night moisturiser suited to your skin classification)
▪ Daily usage of SPF (when in doubt, apply and re-apply!)
▪ Keep body hydrated by making friends with H²O. (8 glasses of water a day)
▪ Soothe your over-exposed skin - (Apply Nimue After Sun Hydrator or Vitamin C Moisture Mist)
What products do Nimue Recommend?
Cleansing Gel - Lightly exfoliates and gently hydrates
Pre & Post Serum - Reinforces the skin barrier
Nimue-TDS - Provides optimal hydration and barrier protection
Element Barrier - Defends against UVR, Infra-red, heat and cold shock
Hyaluronic UltraFiller Serum - Provides intense hydration and has a flash filler effect
Super Hydrating Serum - Superior moisturisation
Day Moisturiser - Regulates oiliness and dryness
Exfoliating Enzyme - Gently detaches dead skin cells
After Sun Hydrator - Soothes the skin following excessive sun exposure
Vitamin C Moisture Mist - Invigorates & refreshes skin, leaving it revived and radiant
SUN-C SPF 40 - UVA & UVB protection
SUN-C Environmental Shield SPF 50 - HEV, UV and IR Protection
For a personalised treatment plan, book a skin consultation. This is completely confidential and can take place online if you prefer.