3 Skincare Habits That Really Cause Inflammation
Of course, I’m not telling you to avoid the sun at all costs: sunlight affects our mental health, regulates our circadian rhythm, and helps our bodies produce vitamin D. All of these are just as important as skin health.
However, there are some very smart sun care habits you can adopt to protect your skin while getting your dose of sun. First of all, apply sunscreen daily to the areas that will be exposed to the elements. Some days, like when you go to the office, it will just be your face and hands. Others, like if you’re going camping, it can be a lot more real estate. (And don’t forget to reapply, especially if you get wet or sweaty!)
But sun care also means as you spend time in the sun. Don’t let SPF be your ticket to an all-day sun tan. SPF can certainly block UV rays, but it’s not perfect protection.
And when you’re out in the sun, be sure to moisturize with an anti-inflammatory to soothe your skin in retrospect. Aloe vera is often called an after-tan superstar, and for good reason. One antioxidant protein, in particular, is called metallothionein has been found to have a protective effect on the skin1 which have been exposed to and damaged by UV rays.