How to Protect Sensitive Skin from the Sun
However difficult it may be to care for sensitive skin each day, it is even more challenging during the summer months, as the sun makes sensitive skin even more inflamed, irritated and sore. OROGOLD brings you some top tips on how to protect sensitive skin from the sun this summer.
Use a Physical Sunscreen
Sunscreens come in two forms; chemical and physical. The chemicals used in a chemical sunscreen work like a sponge, absorbing any harmful UV rays and converting them into infrared heat. In order to do this effectively, the chemicals penetrate into the skin, which can cause significant irritation for those whose skin is already sensitive, as it increases the number of chemical reactions that are occurring within the skin. However, physical formulas contain ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which reflect away any UV rays before they are able to damage the skin. This is why many physical sunscreens often leave a white residue on the skin, although there are now plenty that are much less chalky, and this is definitely worth being able to keep the sun from irritating your sensitive skin!
Keeping your skin covered up and out of direct sunlight is also another great way to protect it from the sun. A wide-brimmed hat is a great starting point, as are a pair of wide-brimmed sunglasses, both of which can be purchased in a variety of stylish designs. Loose fitted clothing will help to ensure that you don’t feel too hot, and OROGOLD recommends opting for natural fabrics, such as cotton or silk, as these are much more breathable than synthetic fabrics.
Stay Out of the Sun During the Hottest Hours of the Day
Depending on where you are in the world, the hottest hours of the day can vary, but, usually, this is between 11 AM and 3 PM. Although you are unlikely to be able to always stay indoors during a sunny day, keeping out of direct sunlight during the hottest hours will have your skin thanking you, as these are the hours in which skin will burn in the shortest amount of time. OROGOLD suggests trying to alter your daily routine so that you can still be productive indoors during those hours, and, if you are on vacation, try to find some indoor or shaded activities for each afternoon, to keep you entertained and your skin safe. During the rest of the day, although the sun may not be as hot, it is still important to remember that lying out in the sun for a long period of time will never do sensitive skin any good, even if you have applied a thick layer of sunscreen.
Although it may take more work to look after sensitive skin during the summer months, by keeping it well protected from the sun, you will be able to enjoy the summer with healthy skin. OROGOLD reminds you that keeping well hydrated and eating a balanced diet is also essential, as this will provide your skin with the moisture, nutrients and antioxidants that it needs to repair any damage that the sun causes.