Is the skin dry? Resist the temptation to buy too fatty creams : you risk blocking the pores, already tried by heavy sweating. Instead, opt for light, non-comedogenic products rich in wetting agents such as glycerin and sorbitol. These moisturizers are specially formulated to absorb and retain the water present in the environment: the freshness effect will be immediate. Avoid products containing perfumes , alcohol , vitamin C or A ; with sun exposure can lead to the appearance of spots.
2. Wash often, but with cold water!
Rinse your face frequently , using only fresh water and minimizing the use of aggressive cleansers and soaps. Replace the usual make – up remover with micellar water and resist the temptation to apply degreasing tonics, which would only damage the integrity of the hydrolipidic barrier. Do you still feel the need to purify the skin? Opt for a weekly clay-based mask , which removes toxins without irritating the epidermis.
Take short showers , no longer than five minutes, at temperatures below 38 degrees . Boiling water reduces the amount of sebum naturally present on the skin, causing further dryness . Dry quickly without rubbing and apply the moisturizer on the still wet skin, insisting on the dry areas of heels and elbows.
3. Exfoliate your skin
The weekly scrub removes dead cells and reactivates surface microcirculation, allowing cosmetics to act in depth and with greater effectiveness. Exfoliation is also indispensable for obtaining a golden and uniform tan .
We recommend using the scrub only on wet skin; better if in the evening, no more than twice a week. Apply the product with circular movements insisting on the critical areas (buttocks, knees and heels). The exfoliant is easy to prepare even at home; you can make it by mixing a spoonful of brown sugar, three of olive oil or almond oil, two of honey.
4. Apply sunscreen correctly
Opt for products with both UVB and UVA filters : recent studies confirm that it is precisely the sun’s rays responsible for skin aging and the onset of tumors.
Choose creams suitable for your skin type and never neglect the application, even if your skin already looks tanned. If you are in doubt between two products, buy the one with the highest protection factor.
Do not use creams that have passed the expiration date (usually 12 months): even if the consistency and perfume seem unchanged, the shielding action may have significantly reduced. Don’t you want to throw away the advanced products from the previous year? You can use them without problems as emergency body moisturizers.
Apply protection 30 minutes before exposure and renew the cream layer every two hours. The right amount of product for an adult’s physique is 35 ml , as much as a glass of liqueur.
Never forget the after sun, which must be spread generously over the whole body. If you have sensitive skin or have been on vacation for a few days, choose soothing products that contain aloe, panthenol or calendula.
5. Beware of hair removal
Let’s start with an unpleasant truth: in summer the hair grows faster (with the increase in the hours of light, the pituitary and hypothalamus are induced to work more). Eliminating hair quickly – without risking compromising the tan – becomes a priority for everyone. Let’s see what methods to use and how.
Razor . It will have happened to everyone to pass the razor in record time and then rush to the beach. A habit to abandon: after shaving, the skin is extremely sensitive and prone to redness . Chlorine, salt, sun and sweat could lead to annoying inflammation and even enlargement of the inguinal and axillary lymph nodes. Feel free to use the razor, but only several hours before embarking on summer activities.
Waxing . Attention to the hot variant: if you do not make a regular scrub you risk taking away – together with the hair – a good dose of tan . To remedy the problem, after the tear you can apply a thin layer of self-tanner (preferably in a spray or towel version, with a more uniform result.) Remember that in summer the risk of irritation is very high: cleanse the skin carefully and apply creams with disinfectant action. Avoid sun exposure in the next 24/48 h, especially if you have epilated your face: you risk the appearance of annoying melanin spots.
Depilatory creams . These products tend to lighten the skin considerably, leaving large light streaks on tanned skin. Limit their use to areas that are not exposed to the sun, such as armpits. Same identical risk with lightening creams, whose use in summer is strongly discouraged.
Permanent hair removal . Until a few years ago the available technologies did not allow to undergo photo-epilation treatments during the summer (speech still valid for pulsed light , absolutely prohibited in summer).
Today, thanks to the development of diode laser technology , the situation has clearly improved. In fact, the laser machine can be used safely even in summer , without there being any need to interrupt the cycle of sessions. A nice convenience for those wishing to reach the “holiday” finish with an impeccable bikini area. To avoid staining the skin, simply follow two simple rules: do not expose the area to direct sunlight in the 48 hours before and after the session; use SPF 50+ creams throughout the summer on the treated areas.
If you are curious to try diode laser hair removal but are afraid that the tan may be an impediment, put aside any hesitation. To date, this technology is the only one to guarantee results on all skin types, including tanned or very dark skin .