5. What to do if you're sunburnt:
Sorry, but the damage is largely done…even so, you still need to reduce the inflammation. Look for skincare products with niacinamide, aloe vera, betaine, and Canadian Willowherb. Aloe vera is well-known for its calming properties as a powerful anti-inflammatory. Apply daily to relieve redness, diminish the burning sensation, and replenish moisture in parched skin.
Niacinamide in Vitamin B serum will help create the vital proteins to repair the damaged barrier and increases the skin’s natural ceramides for locking in water following sunburn. Niacinamide is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, so this is a must-have for sun damage.
Synergie AfterCare has a blend of calming, anti-inflammatory ingredients and alleviates sunburn discomfort whilst healing the compromised barrier. Keep this gel in the fridge for an instant cooling sensation when you apply!
6. Shower after a summer pool dip:
Chlorinated pools contain harsh chemicals that strip the skin of good bacteria, moisture and natural oils and may therefore cause irritation. Always take a lukewarm shower to rinse off after a dip in the pool and apply a good hydrating body lotion.
7. Have you tried using hair conditioner as shaving cream?
Try using hair conditioner as shaving cream to show off smooth summer skin! The humble hair conditioner is formulated with a positive charge and your hair has a negative charge. When you use the conditioner, it is attracted to, and coats the hair making the shave smoother with less irritation and likelihood of shaving cuts.
8. Avoid tanning and long exposure to sun:
I know we all want that summer glow, but tanned skin is nature’s warning that your skin is being severely damaged. Especially in the Australian sun, direct and extended UV exposure, particularly in the middle of the day speeds up cell damage and mutation. This accelerates the ageing process and increases pigmentation, uneven skin tone, wrinkles, and sunspots. However, don’t freak out but….no sunlight is almost more damaging than too much! Almost all living organisms need light to survive. Enjoy a little sunlight, especially in the early morning between 7am and 9am. If sunlight reaches your eyes soon after you wake up it helps to reduce the stress hormone cortisol and regulate melatonin to improve the quality of sleep. Morning light is also the best time for getting your vital vitamin D intake.
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