Too much UV radiation can rob the skin of moisture and cause damage below the surface. Add in travel-related stress and it’s a recipe for dry, dehydrated and damaged skin. Luckily, our skin is resilient, and through hydrating, soothing and reparative ingredients, damage done during the summer months can be reversed. Here are the ingredients your skin will need for rejuvenation.
1. FOR RESTORING MOISTURE: HYALURONIC ACID
Why it works: When the skin is thirsty, its ability to prevent damage is weakened. This is where hyaluronic acid comes in. Naturally found deep in the skin, tissue and joints throughout the body, hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it an excellent choice for restoring moisture to post-vacation and after-summer skin. Aside from that, it also improves barrier function, which is why it is a popular ingredient in skin care.
What else you need to know: Hyaluronic acid is effective for all skin types. Its light, easily absorbable texture allows it to be beneficial for oily skin types without causing excess oil, leaving the skin looking healthy and hydrated without irritating it.
2. FOR SOOTHING INFLAMED SKIN: ALOE VERA
Why it works: Commonly used as a sunburn cure, aloe vera has additional skin-healing benefits when included in daily care products. Aloe vera leaf juice acts as an anti-inflammatory by suppressing the skin’s natural inflammation response when in contact with UV light. In addition, aloe vera helps increase water retention and has pore-purifying elements.
What else you need to know: Because aloe can be absorbed into the deep layers of the skin, you can feel it working almost immediately, providing soothing, moisturizing and clarifying benefits far below the skin’s surface.
3. FOR REPAIRING SUN DAMAGE: VITAMIN C
Why it works: Vitamin C is a necessary ingredient in any daily care routine, no matter what time of year. Ascorbic acid, the most bioavailable form of vitamin C, is an antioxidant that boosts the skin’s ability to protect itself from sun damage when in contact with ultraviolet rays. When used after excessive sun exposure, vitamin C helps repair or prevent pigmentation damage (think, freckling after being outside) from being in the sun.
What else you need to know: Vitamin C is also an essential part of the body’s natural collagen production. It encourages the skin’s ability to rebuild its important support structures, which, in effect, gives you younger-looking skin.
After spending more time outdoors during the summer months, the transition into the cooler fall season means a little extra TLC for your skin. Adding hydrating, soothing and reparative ingredients ensures that your skin rebounds quickly and is back to perfect health in no time.