Be proactive this summer by using a sunscreen lotion and moisturize often on your skin – make fun in the sun this summer
The days of summer bring more than just enjoyment and fun on ocean and sea beaches and pools. They also could bring uncomfortable sunburns to the skin of the face, hands, and uncomfortable itchiness and severe sunburns of the body skin if it is not properly protected by using a sunscreen and lotion after exposure to the Sun. Stay safe in the sun, wear sunscreen and / or protective clothing so your skin won’t burn.
The “moisture” barrier of our skin – keep it in the balance during the summer season
The stratum corneum is the most water-impermeable, external layer of the epidermis of our skin. It prevents water loss from skin sublayers and oversaturation from the environment, while also allowing for a small exchange of water that is essential for the maintenance of skin health and flexibility. In this way, the stratum corneum serves as an overall permeable but protective layer, or “moisture” barrier, for the skin by protecting against damage from environmental sources, retaining our essential moisture, and preventing desiccation of the epidermis. The function of the stratum corneum depends on the integrity of its physiological components. Natural moisturizing factor of our skin, a mixture of low molecular weight, water-soluble compounds consisting mainly of amino acids or their derivatives, is an essential barrier component that maintains water balance within the stratum corneum. Natural moisturizing factor of our skin is synthesized within corneocytes, while a “lipid matrix,” or highly ordered lamellar structure composed of ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterol, forms a micro-barrier around each corneocyte within the stratum corneum, thus preventing the loss of the natural moisturizing factor essential for corneocyte hydration. Suboptimal stratum corneum hydration levels, as a result of damage to the proteins and lipids that form the moisture barrier, initiate a chain reaction of mis-regulated biological processes that can lead to improper desquamation and scaly skin. Therefore, keeping the skin barrier components intact is important for preserving stratum corneum functionality, thus maintaining skin health.
Skin pH level and balance
The key to great skin is pH balance. Our skin is naturally designed to fight infections and environmental stresses and its ability to do so is affected substantially by its pH level. Our skin naturally is pH 5.5, slightly acidic. The skin looks and works best at the ideal pH balance of 5.5 or even slightly lower pH 4.5. If you throw this off by using wrong products or eating the wrong foods then your dermis will let you know it is cross with you via wrinkles, inflammation, extreme sensitivity or even acne. When it is too alkaline, your skin becomes extremely dry and very sensitive. Opposite, when skin deviates too far south of that magical 5.5 pH number, it is stripped down to the point of being extremely red, inflamed and painful to touch. Unfortunately, in commercial products still you will find sodium laureth sulfate (found in cleanser, soaps, shampoos, some facial creams, lotions…).
At the opposite side of the pH spectrum, skin treated with products that are overly acidic also can be problematic. If your skin starts to look dry and red or be sensitive on touch or if you notice an increase in breakouts you may be using a product too strong for your skin, or simply you may be applying it too often. Do not oversaturate your skin with skin care products. If you use 100% natural products, a very small amount of skin care product should be applied.
How to prevent skin damages and treat the skin during the summer season?
Be proactive this summer by using a sunscreen lotion and moisturizing your facial and body skin. No, sunscreens are not just for summertime, not at all. Winter sun combined with snow glare and wind, spring and fall weather can still damage your skin, so take care of this aspect of protection as well. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
Avoid direct sun between 10 am and 3-4 pm when Sun rays are the strongest. Unprotected skin will begin to burn within 15 to 20 minutes. You can easy sunburn on cloudy days as easily as on a full sunny one. Ocean / sea or pool water does not protect you from sunburn. In fact, it may cause you to burn even more quickly. The sun reflects off ocean / sea / pool water and sand. Beach and pool umbrellas offer shade but do not provide complete protection, not at all. If you are in the sun without any previously gained tan, cover up with a loose, long sleeved shirt and pants. Use sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30+ and protects from UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen often and especially after swimming and exposure to the ocean / sea or pool water.
Be very proactive this summer, a time on a beach can be fun and relaxing but it can produce many skin issues if you are not properly prepared. The ocean water has pH 8 – 8.3; it means it is far more alkaline compared with your acid mantle and skin pH which should be slightly acidic (pH 5.5 – 6 some authors even say our skin pH is more acidic than mentioned above). Ocean water has an excellent buffering system with the interaction of carbon dioxide and water so that it is generally always at a pH of 7.5 to 8.5. Neutral water is a pH of 7 while acidic substances are less than 7 (down to 1, which is highly acidic) and alkaline substances are more than 7 (up to 14, which is highly alkaline) (http://www.marinebio.net/marinescience/02ocean/swcomposition.htm).
Tap water in some major cities is even more alkaline so after proper shower after sun exposure and enjoyment on a beach you expose your skin again to the alkaline water. Thus, you need slightly acidic sunscreen and moisturizing lotion after Sun exposure and beach.
Dr. Isidor Apothecary offers a all natural sunscreen with SPF 65+ (https://drisidorapothecary.com/product-category/skin-care/ ). Apply the lotion on your facial and body skin prior to exposure to the Sun. Multiple applications could be more efficient and your skin will benefit from the multiple treatments during day. SPF reached in this formula is 65+. We used the medium scale of SPF for each ingredient, that is the reason you see the sign (+). The sunscreen lotion is 100% natural which means it contains only botanicals, lichens, algae and mushrooms with sunscreen properties. Importantly, you will treat your skin with the lotion that is slightly acidic and skin friendly.
After shower treat your body and facial skin with proper moisturizer, we offer a rich formula (skin pH friendly – slightly acidic) (https://drisidorapothecary.com/product/hand-and-body-cream/) and it will keep your skin properly hydrated after sun and water exposure. This formula is 100% natural and rich in botanicals without any chemicals and artificial preservatives – parabens and phthalates. Apply daily on your clean body skin. Firstly, apply a small amount of the cream and after several minutes (usually 3-5 minutes) apply the second layer of the cream. This formula will protect your body and hand skin of dehydration, provide the skin with proper hydration up to 12+ hours. You can expect the first visible benefits after one single application.
- The key to great skin is pH balance (pH 5.5 – 6)
- Water is alkaline and can affect the skins natural protection
- Avoid the sun between 10 am and 4pm for periods longer than 20 minutes
- Apply sunscreen and moisturizers that are skin friendly (slightly acidic)
Be proactive this summer by using a sunscreen lotion (at least SPF 30+) and moisturize often your skin – make the fun in the sun, not a pain.