The after-game matters, when it comes to sun exposure. And sun exposure tops the list of environmental factors affecting skin health. Using sunscreen will help protect skin while you're in the sun. But here are some things you must do AFTER sun exposure, to help your skin bounce back to its natural best!
1. Drink lots of water
No surprises here. Water is the basis of life, and keeping your body thirsty is a recipe for all sorts of problems. Drink plenty of water, with electrolytes if necessary, to replenish the loss of body fluids through sweating.
The basic rule of skin care applies here, too. Cleansing is the first and most important step. If you don't cleanse your skin well of sweat, dust and sebum, it's not going to be in a position to absorb anything good. Plus, clogged pores and pollutant residues on skin are likely to make matters worse. So, depending on your skin type, use a soap-free cleansing balm, face wash or cleansing lotion to cleanse your skin gently. On body, use a gentle body wash or shower gel. Get smart on the basics of cleansing here.
When sun exposure hits, the skin turns red, as a defence mechanism. Further skin cells get all stressed out to a high-alert stage. It helps to calm things down with natural soothers like aloe juice, gotu kola (read more here
) and chamomile. Pure aloe gel, or formulated gels containing ingredients like these will help calm things down on your skin, immediately following sun exposure.
This is one of the best things you can do to sun-exposed skin - provided you do it gently. Use a gentle scrub on face & body, as well as a clay mask on face, to take out dead cells, deep pore cleanse, and reveal brighter skin. Do not use scrubs more than twice a week, and face mask once a week at most.
5. Counter free-radicals
Sounds complicated, but it's easy. UV exposure leads to generation of free radicals on our skin, which is the #1 cause for dark spots and wrinkles. Use antioxidant-rich toner, serum and moisturizers on your skin to feed antioxidants, which help fight free radicals and help prevent or delay skin damage. Green tea, white tea, sea buckthorn, vitamin C and vitamin E are some excellent antioxidants to go for.