Sun, sea and ….Skin. Your post summer holiday Skin Survival Guide.

 

 

A golden glow may make you look healthier and feel good, but the sun can also really dehydrate your skin and what’s more, too much sun can even cause long term damage and increase your risk of skin cancer.

So if your guilty pleasure has been a dose of sun worshipping this summer read on….

Here’s Dr Anita’s guide to replenishing sun frazzled and thirsty skin for a youthfully repaired and more radiant complexion

(Note products recommended in this guide are based on my Nuriss Skin care range but the advice applies to the same skincare ingredients in other branded products)

 

The effects of tanning on your skin

Sunlight boosts production of melanin, the pigment in your skin that makes it go brown. The epidermis (top layer of your skin) thickens to allow for these increased pigment levels and as a result, natural shedding of dead skin cells slows down. Your skin will soon start to appear rough and dry, and your complexion will look dull and lackluster.

So how can you boost radiance and get that healthy glow back?

 

What damage have I done this summer and how do I fix it?

 1: Lizard Like Skin

 If your skin is looking more dry lizard than Claudia Schiffer, the sun is likely to have dried out your skin and damaged your skin hydration barriers. When you lie in the sun all day, your skin loses large quantities of water, which evaporates out of the skin layers. As it loses its water it loses its strength and elasticity. If you left a fresh juicy grape in the sun all day, it would lose its water content and shrivel up into a raisin. Your skin is no different.

 

To boost radiance and get that nourishing hydration back into the skin you need to restore the skins important barriers, which are made up of lipid (fats) to form a protective wall in the skin. This barrier helps to suck moisture into the skin and keep it there. It also helps to protect the skin from harmful things like bacteria and pollution.

 

For barrier repair look for intensely moisturising products.

Start with Gentle non-foaming cleaners (the foam variations tend to dry out the skin even more). Look for ingredients such as Glycerin and Stearic acid, which are humectants that lock moisture into the skin, and Dimethicone that helps to strengthen the skin barriers and lock moisture in.

I recommend Nuriss Rose Hip Nourishing Cleanser.

 

I also recommend products containing Niacinamide, Vitamin B at its very best. When applied to your skin, Niacinamide has been shown to increase a substance called Ceramide and free fatty acid levels (remember those fatty lipid barriers I mentioned). This prevents skin from losing water content, leaving it locked full of hydrating moisture and looking and feeling much smoother.

When our skin is dehydrated from sun damage, the enzymes responsible for the skin’s natural exfoliation processes don’t work so well, as they need water to function. The result is dry, scaly, rough-textured skin. The next step to sun skin repair is to step in with exfoliators.

Take your skin beyond smooth with AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) or BHA (Beta hydroxy acid) exfoliators. Exfoliants can remove built-up layers of dead, rough, thickened, uneven surface skin cells that make skin look wrinkled and dry. Research also shows that exfoliation can increase collagen production and improve the structure of skin’s outer layer.

I recommend Nuriss Alpha Beta Cleanser and Nuriss Fruit Acid Renewal Gel

 

Next use intensively moisturising face and body creams to care and protect your skin throughout out the day. I recommend Niacinamide, Vitamin E and Hyaluronic acid as great moisture boosting ingredients to look for and remember to choose a day cream with SPF protection.

Also look for skin-identical substances such as Glycerin and Stearic acid, which are substances that act in the same way as the natural components in skin. They replenish and restore the skin‘s external barrier, making it soft and supple eliminating dryness.

I recommend Nuriss Vitamin Infusion Nourishing day cream SPF 30 or Nuriss Youth Activating Hyaluronic Cream for the day

 And Nuriss Vitamin Infusion Nourishing Night Cream or Nuriss Resveratrol Youth Activating Peptide cream at night

 

2: Pimples galore

Why do we often get spotty skin after our summer holidays? Unless you’ve had the holiday from hell then it’s probably not stress triggering these pimples.

Changes in our hormones, sweat, sunscreen and a less than saintly diet can all invite those spots and large pores to rear their less than attractive heads post holiday.

You can overcome your problem skin with a bit of good old fashion skin housekeeping.

I recommend the same steps as for the dry skin repair. Gentle cleansing, rejuvenating exfoliation and try to incorporate Salicylic acid into your skincare regime. This is a great pore un-blocker and it also helps to prevent the inflammation that leads to spot outbreaks.

Try to use skin products, including make-up labeled non comedogenic, as these won’t clog your pores.

I recommend Nuriss Blemish Control, Nuriss Blemish Defense and Nuriss Blemish Eraser Range

 

 

3: Pigmentation Overload

 Uneven skin tone and brown sunspots can become all the more prominent after our summer holidays. Why? Because the UV rays from the sun trigger our Melanin (pigment) producing cells to misbehave, scattering uneven patches of brown pigment all over our faces and body.

Now its time for some serious sun damage-limitation. First step, keep your skin protected from further UV damage by wearing SPF protection every day and avoiding long periods in the sun (if you can find any that is).

I recommend Nuriss Sensitive Sun spray Factor 30

Next step, lets get brightening.

Once again, exfoliation is your friend. Invest in a good AHA /BHA exfoliation product. Glycolic acid cleansers and exfoliators work particularly well here. These slough off dead and damaged skin and allow beautiful fresh and healthy skin cells to reach the surface. You may notice some slight redness and dry patches when you start using these exfoliators but this will settle after a few days and is an important part of the damaged skin shedding process. You won’t mind when you restore that healthy radiant glow.

I recommend Nuriss Alpha Beta Cleanser and Nuriss Fruit Acid Renewal Gel 7.5%

 

Add in a nourishing brightening serum each day. The superstars here are the Antioxidants. These reduce inflammation, repair DNA damage, reduce pigmentation, restore the skin’s surface barrier, help defend against environmental stress, allow skin to build more collagen, and improve skin’s ability to heal. Wonderful!

My favourite antioxidant is Vitamin C.

One of the most well-researched and beneficial vitamins you can apply topically.

Then comes Vitamin E (technical name tocopherol), which is considered an antioxidant superstar in its own right. It protects cell membranes from oxidative damage and prevents collagen from being destroyed. It also works in powerful synergy with vitamin C. Vitamin E on an ingredient label can be tocopherol acetate, tocopheryl linoleate, tocotrienols, alpha tocopherol, and tocopheryl succinate.

Vitamin B is also top of the charts (technical name Niacinamide) It not only has fantastic moisturising properties but also reduces skin discolorations. It definitely belongs on the A-list of great skin-care ingredients regardless of your skin-care concern.

I recommend Nuriss Vitamin C, E, B & Ferulic infusion serum

Another great natural lightening agent is Alpha Arbutin. Arbutin is a natural skin brightener that helps to break down and prevent the production of abnormal melanin. It is similar in chemical structure to the well know skin lightening agent Hydroquinone but safer and gentler on the skin.

I recommend Nuriss Illuminis Alpha Arbutin Lightening serum

 

 

 

4: The Dreaded Wrinkles

Does your dry and sun drenched skin looked wrinklier since your summer holidays? Going back to my grape analogy, that’s down to your skins dehydration and moisture loss.

The cornerstone of any wrinkle crackdown is a nourishing, deep-penetrating serum. Choose one that is packed full of healing antioxidants and collagen boosting peptides.

I recommend Nuriss Vitamin C, E, B & Ferulic infusion serum or Nuriss Swiss Apple Stem Cell Rejuvenating serum.

 

Team this up with a nourishing and repairing day cream and restorative night cream and you will be on the road to skin recovery in no time. Remember though, results are not seen over night. It takes up to 4-6 weeks to start to see the true benefits of your skin repair programme.

I recommend I recommend Nuriss Vitamin Infusion Nourishing day cream SPF 30 or Nuriss Telomere DNA Youth Repair cream for the day

 

And Nuriss Vitamin Infusion Nourishing Night Cream or Nuriss Resveratrol Youth Activating Peptide cream at night

For anti-ageing and wrinkle busting formulations I also love retinol (derived from yet another Vitamin, A) –this beneficial cell-communicating ingredient and an antioxidant helps skin cells create better, healthier skin cells and increases the amount of skin-support substances. Retinol has been shown to increase the skin’s collagen production and glycosaminoglycan content, resulting in firmer skin with an improved texture and enhanced barrier function.

I recommend Nuriss Retinol Vitamin A Micronutrient Cream

 

 

 To end on a serious note, if you notice any unusual looking or changing mole on your skin, please see your Gp or skin specialist, just in case this is a skin cancer. Remember early diagnosis could save your life.

Be sun safe and be healthy.