How To Protect Your Skin From Dehydration After Sun Exposure
It is a fact that, during those hot summer months, it does not take a long time before the sun causes dehydration, irritation or even mild burns on the skin.
That is why it is so important to know how to protect our skin from dehydration after prolonged sun exposure.
Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation can cause irreversible damage to the skin. However, there are many times that we just cannot resist lying on a nice sandy beach, sunbathing for hours.
So, even if we have applied sunscreen a few times, rough and dry skin in the end of the day cannot most of the times be avoided.
What happens when we sunbathe for hours?
Water is the basic chemical component of our body. Every cell, every tissue and every organ of it (of course, the skin as well) consist of water.
When we sunbathe for hours, the water that exists in the outer layer of the skin decreases dramatically and very quickly. This leads to typical signs of dehydrated skin such as dryness, rough texture, small cracks and often times even peeling.
But skin damaging does not take place only on the surface of the skin. If we could see under the outermost layer of the skin, we would see more signs of wear, especially on the elastin fibers which are the ones that help the skin remain smooth, elastic and youthful.
Best Ingredients for Dehydrated Skin
In order to instantly deal with intense skin dehydration and restore balance to the stratum corneum as well as relieve irritation in cases of mild burns, we need to consume a lot of water and use after sun skin care products that contain the following ingredients:
- Hygroscopic ingredients, such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, urea etc. which attract water from the environment, retain and deliver it to the skin, and at the same time form a protective film on the surface of the epidermis which prevents transepidermal water loss.
- Vitamins, such as provitamin B5, that hydrate instantly and enhance the natural skin regeneration process.
- Skin softening agents that relieve sun-irritated skin and restore its softness and elasticity.
Other Tips For Dehydrated Skin
- Drink plenty of water. It will not deal with dehydration instantly but indirectly help the skin restore the necessary moisture to its cells.
- Often times during those summer months, we choose to hang around in areas with air conditioning. If your skin is already dehydrated from long sun exposure and you choose to cool your body down in one of those places, remember that the effects will be even worse, since this can lead to even more skin dehydration.
- Avoid excessive alcohol and coffee consumption because both are diuretic and cause your body to lose water.
In conclusion, the above tips on how to protect your skin from dehydration after prolonged sun exposure can also be followed in order to prevent skin burn and dehydration or reduce the damaging effects of skin´s over exposure to the sun.