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  • Writer's picturePat Browne

HOW TO RESTORE SKIN HEALTH AFTER THE SUMMER

As we say goodbye to our summer adventures and embrace the beginning of autumn, we need to address the toll those glorious days under the sun have done to our skin.

The beautiful summer sun may not be so beautiful to our skin. Both higher UV radiation levels and the longer hours of sunlight can cause damage to our skin. During the summer, skin is not only exposed to higher UV radiation, but also for more hours daily compared to any other season. Also, hot weather, sweat, humid environments, chlorine from swimming pools, and temperature fluctuations (both inside and outside) can cause damage to the skin and can often trigger rashes, uneven skin tone, and even dry patches.


In this article we are going to explore how sun exposure and hot weather impact skin and provide you with some tips to help you restore your skin after the summer months.


THE IMPACT OF SUN EXPOSURE ON YOUR SKIN


UV radiation leads to a series of skin reactions that damage skin and can make it look older. Indeed, sun exposure is the primary cause of photoaging which, causes the formation of premature aging of the skin. Here is why:

  • SKIN DISCOLOURATION

When your skin is exposed to the sun, it initiates the production of melanin as a protective mechanism against UV radiation. However, excess melanin production also results in the formation of dark spots and causes an overall uneven skin tone that can leave your skin looking older than it is.


Notably, sun exposure is especially detrimental on recent scars or wounds, as they lack the natural skin protection to shield them from external stressors, including UV rays. Such exposure can lead to Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation PIH, a type of permanent discoloration that reddens the affected area, leaving lasting marks on your skin.

  • FREE RADICAL FORMATION

UV rays are the primary culprit behind the generation of free radicals — harmful molecules that damage your cells. While your body deploys antioxidants to fight free radicals, an excessive influx of free radicals can overwhelm your defences, causing serious damage. In terms of skin health, free radicals are the main cause of skin aging. They break down essential skin proteins like collagen, and elastin, which are responsible of maintaining skin’s elasticity, moisture, and overall health. This, in turn, promotes saggy skin and the formation of wrinkles, significantly accelerating skin aging.


THE EFFECTS OF HOT WEATHER ON YOUR SKIN

TRANSEPIDERMAL WATER LOSS (TEWL)


The scorching heat of summer amplifies Transdermal Water Loss (TEWL), causing the gradual evaporation of moisture from your skin. This loss of hydration can manifest as itchy skin, the development of dry patches and skin irritation.

INCREASED SEBUM PRODUCTION


Rising temperatures activate your sebaceous glands, leading to heightened oil production as your skin attempts to counteract dehydration. Unfortunately, this can be a double-edged sword, especially for individuals prone to acne. The combination of dry skin, dead skin cells, sweat, and excess oil creates an environment ripe for breakouts and skin imperfection.


HOW TO RESTORE YOUR SKIN AFTER THE SUMMER


Now that we have explored the detrimental effects of sun exposure and hot weather on your skin, let’s delve into the proactive steps you can take to restore skin’s health and vitality after the summer months.


PRIORITIZE MOISTURE AND ANTI-OXIDANT PROTECTION

After the summer, your skin is especially dry. Ensure you are using the moisturizing products along with the anti-oxidant protection your skin requires - for all four seasons.


ADD A BRIGHTENING SERUM TO YOUR SKIN ROUTINE

Use a brightening serum to fade dark spots and even out your skin tone. Opt for a serum that also helps to rejuvenate your skin and counteract free radical damage.


BOOST COLLAGEN PRODUCTION

As mentioned above, summer can accelerate the signs of aging and make your skin look dull and older. Combat the signs of aging and restore vitality to your skin with Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, or Vitamin C. The INNOAESTHETICS’ INNO-DERMA® AGE RESCUE 24H CREAM, containing these 3 ingredients can significantly improve your skin’s condition from the first use. Apply it at night twice or thrice a week for remarkable rejuvenating effects.

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