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How to soothe skin after a day in the summer sun

The end of the summer can feel like a hangover for your skin. Sure, you enjoyed all the time you spent at the lake and in the park and just hanging out on your deck, but now your skin is regretting it. Suddenly, you’re not looking so dewy and youthful. Instead, your face is dry and flaky, and you see a few more sunspots than you remember.

It’s something just about everyone goes through. Summer is a long-anticipated season of fun and frivolity. Then, before you know it, it’s over, and you realize you weren’t as careful with the sunscreen as you should have been, you had a few too many afternoons under the sun, and you certainly didn’t keep up your skincare regimen. 

So now what? Well, it’s time to get serious about repair and care. Follow these tips to refresh your skin and try to recapture your glowy nature.

Repairing sun-damaged skin

There are a few different issues you could be facing after one day in the sun or a season of sunny fun days. These tips are all excellent ones that can be layered together for incredible results. 

Exfoliate

A regimen of exfoliating away your dead skin cells makes room for fresh, healthy ones to grow. Physical exfoliants use small granules to abrasively scrub your face while chemical exfoliants dissolve away dead skin cells. Some people actually prefer to use both methods to get the best results – just don’t be too aggressive.

Hydrate

Your skin needs to recapture that precious moisture it lost. It also needs to be fully hydrated to fill the cells with water, so they appear plump, smooth, dewy, and healthy. Drink a more-than-ample amount of water daily, and focus on adding moisture through a topical moisturizer or lotion. Simple Beauty’s Age-Defying Retinol Moisturizer is formulated with aloe leaf juice and chamomile flower extract for quick absorption into the surface of the skin, leaving your skin soft and more noticeably balanced. 

Chamomile

Yes, Chamomile, that delicious tea that you love, is also packed with wonderful properties that can refresh, rejuvenate, and revitalize your sad, sun-damaged skin. Chamomile is considered an essential ingredient in many products because it has a chemical that blocks inflammation and decreases histamines' release. 

Chamomile has been used for centuries to promote skin health and reduce blemishes. It can also help soothe sunburns by reducing inflammation and swelling. It's said to have some lightening and brightening effects if used topically in a cream. If you want to make the most of Chamomile,  brew yourself a cup, then sit back with the cooled tea bags on your face and finish with a facial massage using our rejuvenating Age-Defying Retinol Moisturizer. Not only does it contain soothing chamomile flower extract, but the aloe vera leaf juice is known to enhance the supple appearance of soft, smooth, moisturized skin.

Vitamin A (Retinol)

Vitamin A is often referred to as Retinol, and it’s one of your skin’s best friends. Retinol is actually a derivative of vitamin A that encourages cell turnover. Even skincancer.org touts the benefits of vitamin A and is quick to point out how it can help color, tone, and skin texture while also fading brown spots. Our Age-Defying Retinol Moisturizer is formulated with retinyl palmitate, a more stable form of retinol. Working alongside a powerful blend of natural botanicals helps to ensure the absorption of the moisturizer for optimal benefit.

Professional intervention 

There are a couple of different treatments you can try to help you reverse severe sun damage. 

For those who like to indulge in the occasional spa treatment, laser skin resurfacing is an option that’s non-invasive and can help reverse some signs of aging. A photofacial uses intense pulsed light to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. You might even find that your dermatologist or a cosmetologist recommends a chemical peel for lasting results.

To put it simply

The sun gives your skin a bronzed and glowy finish one day and then leaves it looking tired, dry, and aged the next. It’s a sad cycle that too many people experience regularly. By the end of the summer, it’s easy to see when you’ve indulged just a little too much in the sun, and you’ll also have the age spots to show it.

Luckily, there are several different ways you can work to treat your skin and give it a youthful appearance again. Start with hydration and exfoliation. Then, reward yourself with Simple Beauty’s Age-Defying Retinol Moisturizer for a natural, rejuvenating lift.

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