Summer Skin – Small Tricks, Big Effects!

Throughout the year our skin is continuously subject to fluctuations that affect it either from the inside (e.g. hormonal fluctuations, lifestyle, nutrition, etc.) or from the outside (temperature, environment, humidity, etc.).

We’ve all been there: You get on the airplane and arrive in your desired holiday destination with a facial skin in an absolute state of emergency, completely dehydrated by the air conditioning. Paired with a layer of oily sebum we’ve got utter chaos: Bacteria can easily enter the dehydrated skin as it is now disturbed in its normal function leading to pimples and inflammation and making sure we look as though we urgently need that holiday.

Moisturize, moisturize and repeat

It doesn’t have to be like that though. 150 long-haul flights and countless desperate monologues with hotel mirrors later, I have finally learned my lesson. My moisturizer is now my constant companion. (check out our Sensitive Support and Daycream) I put it on as soon the first feeling of tension occurs and of course I drink loads of water. Et voilà, I arrive with balanced skin.

My husband and I went to Seychelles this summer. A week without kids: just he and I and the Indian Ocean. Since our honeymoon on the Maldives, I have not visited such a picturesque place. Of course we unsurprisingly spent several hours in the sun. Personally, I love lightly tanned skin and don’t raise my finger as quickly, as long as everything is done reasonably and in moderation. Sun protection and moving alternately into the shade are absolute musts! 

After sunbathing, I recommend to apply a rich body cream immediately after showering. Ideally, it contains aloe vera to soothe the skin and antioxidants to neutralize free radicals that may have been generated through the sun exposure. (check out our Bodycream) But we should also acquire the antioxidants through our nutrition.And what could be better than the freshly cut fruit and veg from the hotel buffet? So we treat our skin from the inside and from the outside – plus it’s super tasty!

After the holiday = before the holiday?

Back at home, we sometimes wonder why our sun-tanned, healthy-looking skin suddenly reacts with impurities. While our skin was continuously exposed to the sun, UV-B rays have thickened the horny layer. This leads to blockages in the hair follicle exits, which in turn inhibits the sebum from properly draining off. I swear by exfoliating the skin regularly after multiple days spent in the sun to help the skin renew itself. A simple but very effective exfoliator can be made from powdered sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). After the facial cleansing, simply put 1-2 teaspoons of the powder in your hand and mix them dropwise with lukewarm water until you have a pulpy mass. Distribute the exfoliator with gentle pressure in a circular motion on the moisturised face. Afterwards, remove any residue with lukewarm water and apply your moisturizer. I recommend this scrub 2-3 times a week in the first 4 weeks after the holiday. This way after the holiday actually remains after the holiday
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