How To: Prep the Skin for UV Exposure
June 4, 2021
Summer is here and that means sunshine and beach days, but it also means taking more precautions to protect our skin to avoid UV damage, premature aging, and sunburns (ouch!) Not to worry! Here are four steps and formulations that offer protection, preparation, and post-sun care:
Melanin is the pigment in the body that gives the skin the darker pigment known as a “tan”. The reason stimulating the melanin in the body is so important is after a long winter indoors, or limited exposure to UV, there is a lack of melanin in the body. The skin is more easily penetrated by UV rays causing it to be more susceptible to UV damage and burns.
Fortunately, some ingredients can actually help boost melanin production, including Seppic’s own active ingredient: Lumipod
Learn more about Lumipod here (opens new window)
Exfoliating the skin helps to achieve a smooth tan because it allows more even UV exposure.
Scrubs and formulations with larger particles included, like salt, can help to remove dead skin cells to smooth and soften the skin.
US20141: Scrub'Marin (opens new window) A blue gel with white particle foaming scrub for the face and chest to deeply cleanse the skin!
It does, however, remove a superficial layer of protection, which is why the next step is so important!
That shouldn’t come as a surprise! There are two types of sun filters that protect the skin from UV radiation:
Mineral, also known as physical or inorganic filters (such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide), reflect the UV radiation away from the skin.
Chemical, or organic filters (as they are made of carbons), absorb the UV radiations rather than the skin.
US20151: Natural Creamy Zinc Sunscreen (opens new window) A smooth and creamy white sun protection with 25% Zinc Oxide to offer full protection against the sun and dehydration.
Before enjoying a day out in the sun, the best way to help your prepare your skin is to hydrate! Sitting out in the sun for hours can cause dehydration and drinking water is key to supple healthy skin! After exposure, the best way to help your skin recover is to moisturize! Moisturizing helps minimize the chances of peeling (in the event that the skin does burn), dry skin, and can even cool the skin!
US20148: Nature's Body Butter (opens new window) This white, smooth cream made without beeswax or synthesized polymers to moisturize and firm the skin with a butter-like texture for maximum comfort!
US20143: Ocean Splash Lotion (opens new window) After a sunny day out, cool down your skin and limit sun damages and free radicals. Like the waves break on the beach, this lotion breaks onto the skin for a cool sensation.