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How to take care of your skin after the summer?

The sun, chlorine, and sea water are all factors that can harm the skin during the summer. Therefore, it's common to return from vacation with dry, weakened skin, and even some imperfections. In this article, discover our advice for taking care of your skin after the summer.

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Published February 21, 2024, by Sandrine, Scientific Editor — 8 min read
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The condition of the skin after summer.

After the summer, the skin is dehydrated, dried out, and weakened. Indeed, repeated exposure to the sun, swimming in the sea or in the pool weakens the skin's horny layer, which can no longer play its protective role. Thus, the insensible water loss (IWL) intensifies and the skin becomes more vulnerable to external aggressions.

Furthermore, at the skin level, UV rays induce a hyperkeratinization which is to say, a proliferation of keratinocytes leading to a thickening of the epidermis. This hyperkeratinization prevents the evacuation of sebum, which then clogs the skin's pores. This accumulation of sebum creates a nutritious environment conducive to the growth of Cutibacterium acnes, the bacteria responsible for acne.

Note : After summer, skin imperfections may appear, a phenomenon known as the "rebound effect". This occurrence is precisely due to the thickening of the epidermis which clogs the skin's pores.

The right habits to adopt for taking care of your skin after the summer.

  • Cleaning one's skin.

    As mentioned earlier, after the summer, pores tend to become clogged, which promotes the formation ofblemishes. Therefore, daily cleansing is an essential step to deeply clean the pores. However, the cleansing should be gentle so as not to harm the skin, which is already weakened.

    In the evening, we recommend the double cleansing method. First, use an oil-based product to remove makeup, sunscreen, and excess sebum, which are lipophilic. Our balm makeup remover enriched with vegetable oils from buriti, camellia , and coconut gently cleanses and removes makeup from the face and eyes. The skin is rid of its impurities. Its texture, transforming from oil to milk, is gentle on the skin.

    Next, cleanse your skin with a water-based solution. With the skin now makeup-free, the cleanser can deeply clean it. Consider, for example, our exfoliating cleansing gel. Formulated with 5% P.H.A. (gluconolactone), this cleanser provides a gentle micro-chemical exfoliation ideal for combating skin hyperkeratinization. It unclogs pores and promotes skin hydration. It also contains aloe vera, which hydrates and soothes the skin, as well as inulin to rebalance the skin's microbiota. The sweet orange essential oil it contains has antibacterial properties that are ideal for fighting against pimples.

  • Hydrating and nourishing your skin.

    The UV rays from the sun and swimming weaken the corneal layer of the epidermis, leading to skin dryness and dehydration. To compensate for this dehydration, it is important to provide the skin with hydrating active ingredients.

    To boost your skin's hydration, apply our hydrating serum morning and evening. It is composed of 3% hyaluronic acid, known for its highly hydrating properties (it can retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water), as well as 2% pro-vitamin B5 which reduces insensible water loss.

    In order to lock in hydration, it is necessary to nourish your skin to strengthen the skin barrier and prevent transepidermal water evaporation. Therefore, apply ournourishing facial moisturizermorning and evening. It is composed ofsqualane, plum oil,as well asshea butter, which are lipid-replenishing active ingredients.

    Note : Select your moisturizer based on your skin type. For instance, if you have oily skin, opt for the purifying moisturizer.

    For the skin of your body, apply daily nourishing body cream. It contains 10% squalane, shea butter, and plum oil, which are highly lipid-replenishing active ingredients. They strengthen the hydrolipidic film, thus protecting the skin from external aggressions.

  • Protecting one's skin.

    Even after returning from summer vacation, it is necessary to continue protecting your skin from UV rays throughout the year, regardless of the weather ! Sunscreen will help you combat photo-aging (wrinkles, brown spots, skin sagging) and reduce the risk of skin cancer. Our sunscreens provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, and hydrate and soothe the skin thanks to aloe vera and hyaluronic acid.

  • Exfoliate.

    In order to limit the appearance of imperfections due to skin hyperkeratinization (rebound effect), it is necessary to exfoliate the skin. Our peeling face mask unclogs pores, renews the skin, and brightens the complexion. It offers triple exfoliation: chemical with P.H.A.s, enzymatic with acids from blackberry,blackcurrant and raspberry, and mechanical with cranberry powder. This exfoliating jelly is used once or twice a week.

    For the skin of your body, choose weekly our nourishing body scrub that gently exfoliates the skin with micro-grains of apricot kernels, while nourishing it with sweet almond oil. The latter, due to its high content of vitamin E, possesses powerful antioxidant properties that strengthen the skin barrier. Thus, the skin is better protected against external aggressions.

Sources:

  • GARNER S. & al. Acne vulgaris. Lancet (2011)

  • LI H. & al. A review of advancement on influencing factors of acne : an emphasis on environment characteristics. Frontiers in Public Health (2020).

  • QUIRCE S. & al. Health effects of exposure to chlorination by-products in swimming pools. Allergy (2021).

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