Summer is all about having fun in the sun, and also keeping your skin in great condition during these few hot months. As the temperatures rise in the northern hemisphere, off we head, swimsuit (and hopefully sunscreen) in hand, to the closest beach, pool or lake we can find. No harm in a quick dip right? Well, not exactly! Differences in water and being in the sun promotes skin aging faster.
A Day in the Ocean
Rich in trace elements and minerals, and with a composition not dissimilar to human blood plasma, seawater, arguably, has many unique healing properties for the skin. Many skin health benefits are specifically attributed to the Dead Sea, such as treatment for eczema, psoriasis and other extreme, dry skin conditions. Yet it is important to note that these benefits do not come from “salt” or sodium chloride, but from the high magnesium levels found in this body of water.
Nonetheless, it’s not all good news. Salts in high quantities can be the skin-drying scourge of the summer flesh baring masses. Diluted salt is almost impossible to remove from the skin with lye based soap or non-foaming wash, so even after showering, traces of salt deposits may remain on the skin, absorbing essential moisture. Couple this with excessive sun exposure and you have a dehydrated skin with an impaired barrier function – never a great combination!
A Day at the Pool
Chlorine is a toxic chemical; it has been used in water systems to combat disease for over 100 years. It is a necessary component of swimming pools and hot tubs, due to its disinfectant qualities. Chlorine’s harsh composition strips the skin of its natural lipids, therefore exacerbating moisture loss in the skin that leads to dehydration. Showering immediately after exposure can help to reduce the moisture loss by ensuring the skin does not suffer prolonged contact.
Another potential risk of chlorine exposure is skin irritation. While technically water proof, our skin has the capacity to absorb chemicals from water sources. This means that low level exposure to chlorine, as found in swimming pools, can cause skin irritation in the form of contact dermatitis. Wetting the skin with non-chlorinated water prior to exposure can lessen the amount that can be absorbed and lower the risk of irritation.
And on that note, chlorine & salt deposits are not the only culprits of swimming related dehydration. Water itself (ironically) removes moisture from the skin, and need we talk ocean pollution?
Some products we are promoting this coming month is Dermalogica’s age smart skin primer and Jane Iredale’s DreamTint.
Dermalogica’s skin primer contains spf30, great for these summer months. This helps smooth away fine lines, brighten and prime for flawless skin and to prep for make-up application. Velvety silicones combine with Soy Protein to even out skin texture, creating an instantly smooth surface. Natural minerals provide a neutral tint to balance skin tone and enhance luminosity and radiance. A potent peptide helps improve skin firmness, as sunscreens shield against sun damage. White Tea polyphenols inhibit collagen damage by destructive MMPs and free radicals. Wear alone over your moisturizer for visible smoothness and luminosity, or after moisturizer application and before foundation to help fill fine lines for a lasting make-up finish. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.A make-up primer, sunscreen and treatment for skin aging in one.
- A make-up primer, sunscreen and treatment for skin aging in one.
- Stimulates collagen production to increase skin firmness.
- Has a silky feel and provides a smooth surface for a “soft focus” effect.
Whether you fantasize about creamy, lightweight coverage with anti-ageing effects or an efficacious primer for your mineral base, Dream Tint™ will make all your beauty dreams come true. Like most dreams, Dream Tint™ glides on effortlessly; the oil-free formula is easily absorbed for a no-mess, trouble-free application and provides instant UVA/UVB SPF 15 protection. Active ingredient titanium dioxide provides sun protection and boron nitride creates a soft focus effect on the skin that minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores for a flawless finish. Never before has a tinted moisturiser granted so many beauty wishes!
Jane Iredale Dream Tint SPF 15 Features & Benefits:
- Unique algae extracts moisturize and soothe.
- Use alone as a tinted moisturizer and sunscreen or as the perfect primer for our mineral bases.
- Provides a softening effect, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
- SPF 15 protection, water-resistant up to 40 minutes.
Hopefully you like what you’ve been reading, these will be our featured products next month! Stop on in to take a look! 🙂