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Is your skin starting to show signs of dryness or irritation? After spending lots of time in the sun, it’s very possible–if not probable–that your skin is more sensitive than usual. Here are some tips and tricks to pamper your skin after months of sun exposure.

Skincare in 4 easy steps

Skin slackening, dryness, the appearance of wrinkles: the negative effects of UV rays are no secret! If you’ve been spending lots of time soaking up the sun these past few months, the following reflexes will help restore your skin barrier.

Hydrate

One of the simplest, yet most effective, ways to rehydrate your skin. Since the epidermis retains 30% water, keeping hydrated is key to reinforcing its elasticity and glow. However, avoid soft drinks; their high sugar content is conducive to dehydration.

Exfoliate

When the epidermis is dry, the first step is to gently scrub the skin to facilitate the absorption of moisturizers. Remove dead skin cells using a glove or soft brush in the shower. If you have sensitive skin, use a mild, plant-based exfoliator.

Moisturize

Because sun, sea salt, and chlorine dry up the skin, it’s important to apply cream or lotion to restore it. If possible, opt for a formula that contains ultra-moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter or jojoba oil. Your skin will regenerate more easily and regain its softness.

Take supplements

Although the sun’s rays offer a nice golden glow, they also generate free radicals–unstable molecules that can be harmful to the skin. Some supplements can, however, neutralize these harmful effects. We suggest adding vitamin C and E to your diet. After sun exposure, a dose of vitamin D also helps with redness and inflammation.

Send in the reinforcements!

Thermal water

When your skin is irritated, a little freshness can go a long way! Give your epidermis some relief all day long by spraying thermal water all over your body. This type of product helps ease discomfort and gently moisturizes thanks to its multiple minerals.

Aloe vera

Got a sunburn? Try aloe vera! Made with water, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, this gel, extracted from a medicinal plant, is extremely restorative. Thanks to its healing properties and anti-inflammatory virtues, aloe vera helps regenerate the skin. For optimal results, we suggest applying a thick coat and letting it act until completely absorbed.

Essential oils

Did you know that essential oils are your skin’s best ally? Those containing lavender extracts can help soothe sunburns, whereas those featuring camomile help stop itching. Carrot extracts, for their part, help prevent signs of skin ageing. You can also opt for peppermint essential oil, with refreshing and anaesthetic properties to help ease discomfort. To reap their benefits, simply dilute one or two drops in a little vegetable oil and apply to the affected region three times a day. We recommend testing it out on a small patch of skin beforehand. Note that essential oils are not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

After-sun treatment: a definite must

Applying an after-sun treatment is a key beauty regimen reflex to adopt! This type of formula generally traps the anti-inflammatories that fight off redness and pain. Because not all skin reacts to the sun the same way, we recommend choosing a product based on your skin type.

After-sun cream

With its super creamy texture, this is the ideal product for very dry skin that has undergone long sun exposure or is showing signs of dryness due to chlorinated pool water or sea salt. Its nourishing components softens the skin and offers additional protection from the elements.

After-sun milk

If you have normal to dry skin, try a milk instead. Its more fluid consistency penetrates the skin more quickly and gives you the moisturizing effects you need.

After-sun gel

For sensitive skin, choose a gel; its lighter formula penetrates the skin without leaving any oily residue. Its soothing effects calm the pain caused by sunburns and soften dry skin.

After-sun oil

This is the ideal choice for greasy skin. Oil helps moisturize skin tissues while enhancing your glow. Regardless of your skin type, remember to protect your epidermis from the sun. And nothing stops you from pampering it from time to time!