We know sunny days in Ireland are few and far between, but if you’re jetting off to warmer locations anytime soon, here’s everything you need to know to keep your skin hydrated and protected.
A Touch of Shade
For some people, the purpose of a holiday is to simply lie back on a sun lounger with a good book and soak up the rays and that’s fine of course, just be sure to take some precautionary measures. In a VOYA blog post in May, we talked about the dangers of prolonged, unprotected exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. So with this in mind, for every two hours in direct sun, try and take a 20-minute break in the cool shade.
If you’ve gone down the sun lounger route, choose one with an umbrella, so you can manoeuvre back into the shade if needs be. Don’t forget that cooling down in the water may seem like a great idea but in actual fact, shallow waters offers very little protection from UV, and reflections from water can enhance the UV exposure also.
It should be deeply embedded in your mind by now, that you simply must wear sunscreen in sunny conditions. On the protection side of things, choose a sunscreen that has an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15 or higher and a brand that clearly indicates UVA protection on the bottle. Apply 30 minutes before you go out and top it up every two hours after that.
Summer Skin Hydration Tips
Those 2 litres of water a day your body (and more specifically your skin) needs for maintenance can’t be ignored when you’re on holiday, especially in warmer climates. If your skin isn’t getting enough water you could start to see signs of dryness and flakiness. Add this to the exposure from UV rays and your skin could be at an increased risk of developing wrinkles.
Holidays are often a time when an alcoholic drink or two can be enjoyed in a relaxed setting, but don’t forget that alcohol can dry out your skin and leave you feeling the effects of dehydration. If you have ever had a hangover after a heavy night, you might be surprised to know that that’s also a consequence of dehydration. Three steps can help you keep your system hydrated during those social nights:
- Get your typical 2 litres of water into your system gradually throughout the day before your night out.
- For every alcoholic drink that you consume, have a glass of water after. Also swap mixers with sparkling water where possible, as even carbonated water can have a hydrating effect.
- Consume some Dioralyte with water when you return from your night out in order to replenish your electrolytes.
Thankfully there are a number of organic skincare products, that might already be a part of your daily skincare routine, that actively work to keep your skin healthy and hydrated whether it’s summer or not.
No, we’re not talking about cocktails, but we are spreading the word about the benefits of having a face spritz in your bag. Ritzy Spritzy, for example helps to tone, cool, soothe and hydrate your skin with a blend of organic botanical herbs and essential oils. Even before you reach the heat, you might even choose to use it for a refreshing spritz between connecting flights.
You heard us right — you need to exfoliate to protect your skin from the elements. You might be thinking, “how does taking away from my skin build up its defences?” By removing the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin you allow it to better absorb the other natural cosmetics products in your system. For best results combine the Exfoliating Body Brush with the Squeaky Clean Body Wash.
It’s true that you have the whole day during your summer holidays to recover and regenerate from busy nights out, but when it comes to your skin you can start the healing process the second you tip-toe back in the door. Apply Dream Crème night cream to your face, before you hit the pillow and help your skin with rejuvenation during the sleeping hours.
Don’t be scared of the ‘E word’ when on holiday. You don’t have to run a marathon, but some light exercise that can builds up a sweat will help your body expel toxins and help open up your pores.