Irritation and redness on the body after sunbathing is a classic story, but you shouldn't blame the poor quality of sunscreen. In many cases, the cause of the problem is our ignorance. Some cosmetics can seriously damage your skin if applied before going to the beach or other sun-exposed areas. In the midst of the holidays and the summer season, we give a detailed beauty certificate on which cosmetics are best to postpone until the evening or, in the worst case, until rainy days.
Citrus essential oils
They sound great and give a feeling of cheerfulness and freshness. However, as much as you want to prolong this effect throughout the day, beware of using citrus oil during the day, especially in summer. The fact is that citrus fruits contain components that can protect the skin from pathogens. However, if you apply citrus oil to your skin and then go out for a walk on a hot sunny day, these beneficial ingredients will cause a phototoxic reaction. As a result, you can get redness, pigmentation and even burns. Dermatologists and cosmetologists advise using citrus oil at least a day before sun exposure, preferably at night as part of moisturizers and special night masks.
Citrus oils are natural photosensitizers, so be extra careful with citrus extract products in the summer and even with orange or grapefruit snacks.
Antibacterials and cleansing acids
This point is primarily about skin care before leaving home. In general, summer is not the best time for deep cleansing procedures. This season, the best thing you can do for your skin is to give it at least a month of respite from peels and masks, time to restore its natural pH balance, saturate with vitamin D and restore the healthy glow that we cry all about. winter. But there is another reason why antibacterial and cleansers are best left out of daytime skincare during the summer season.
Antibacterial particles, salicylic and glycolic acids, which are often found in cleanser formulations, are effective ingredients for fighting acne, but at the same time they are very drying to the skin. And this is a real disaster when it comes to its natural protection from ultraviolet radiation: the protective barrier of the skin gives a gap and UV rays affect it many times stronger.
Sunscreen sprays and products with SPF below 30
Discussions about the effectiveness of Sanskrin sprays have been going on for a very long time, but most dermatocosmetologists say that they themselves will never prefer a spray to the creamy texture of Sanskrin. In their opinion, the latter only sprays sunscreen components, but does not create a full-fledged protective barrier.
Some experts point out that Sanskrin sprays are suitable for the body, and for the skin of the face it is better to purchase products with a creamy texture or a fluid with an SPF of at least "30". Sunscreens with SPF 30+ will be able to provide you with 95% of skin protection, and this is not the limit at which you need to stop: in any case, the higher the SPF, the better. And remember: below 30 is the same as if you did not apply Sanskrin at all. Therefore, our choice is SPF 50+ (read also: "Sunscreen for the face: 20 best options for UV protection").
We pay special attention to the composition of the sunscreen. Studies show that zinc oxide is the safest and safest Sanskrin component, and it is in its presence that you should make sure before buying a cosmetic product. Zinc oxide is also anti-inflammatory and will help soften irritated skin while protecting it.
Be aware that some of the ingredients in sunscreens can backfire and make your skin more susceptible to UV rays. Among such components are vitamin B10 and its derivatives, as well as benzophenone, isoamyl and other components.
Retinol and retinoid products
Vitamin A and its derivatives in cosmetics are not the best solution for day care. They are indispensable in the fight against acne and wrinkles, but they are completely defenseless and even harmful when interacting with the sun's rays, so dermatologists recommend using them exclusively at night (see also: "The whole truth about the benefits of retinol for the skin").
Much of these warnings are due to the fact that retinol dries out the skin a lot. Just like cleansers, it disrupts its natural protective barrier and reduces the cells' resistance to UV light. This can cause not only temporary problems, but also serious disturbances, because it has long been known that UV rays affect the premature aging of the skin.
With regard to perfume, dermatologists are determined and advise to completely abandon it while under the sun. Often, your favorite fragrances contain natural oils and plant extracts, which, when interacting with the sun's rays, can provoke profuse pigmentation, which will be quite difficult to get rid of. No matter how much you would like to walk along the seashore in the company of your own notes, in this matter we advise you to listen not to them, but to the advice of experts. And we advise you to leave the summer pyramid with the participation of jasmine and musk for an evening out.
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