I love summer, but nothing kills my enjoyment more than waking up with bad skin—think redness, spot, sunburn—basically, inflammation! And there's a number of reasons why this is, from too much time in the sun, allergic reactions, and poor sleeping patterns.
This is because skin inflammation is our body's natural response to bacteria. When our skin inflames, it turns red because blood rushes to the site with immune cells to fix the damage. And once it’s done fighting the infection, it stops - the swelling goes down and the redness disappears.
But sometimes your skin can be a little dramatic, and the inflammation go on for a little too long
Here's some easy TLC which can help your skin cool down
1. Avoid the sun
Sun damage is one of the prime causes of skin inflammation. So one of the easiest things you can do it to avoid it. If you do want to enjoy the few sunny days we get, sit in the shade, or invest in a good wide brimmed hat to cover your face. DON'T FORGET SUNSCREEN.
2. Rinse with cool water
A cool shower always goes a long way to soothe inflamed skin. Avoid using harsh scrubs, loofahs and opt for soaps designed to moisturise and protect. But remember not to soak in the bath for two long, or to turn up the temperature, as both lead to further drying out of the skin
3. Give your regular skincare routine a break
Skin inflammation can make your skin extra sensitive to even your regular skin products, so try to use once for sensitive skin during this period. Keep things as simple as possible with a gentle cleanser and moisturiser. Resist covering up with make-up, as it will probably irritate further
While inflammation leaves the outer layer of your skin stressed, a moisturiser can seal the top layer of damaged skin, offering protection from infections until the skin repairs itself. Try to use moisturising but anti-septic, such and the anti-inflammation rich Aloe Vera, we recommend the PURE Spritz (14.50) for it's cooling affect
5. Use kitchen ingredients
Opt for natural home remedies that work by cooling and soothing the skin. In a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology, it was suggested that, based on several studies, ‘green teas possess anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic potential, which can be exploited against a variety of skin disorders. Try this, mix moistened green leaves (just cut open a green tea bag) with honey to form a paste and coat your entire face – leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. I would not do this if your skin is actively brunt and peeling however, but to aid healing once it is on it's way.
6. Check your diet
Avoid dairy, sugar and processed foods that will block your pores further, causing your skin to produce excess oil and spots. Stick to green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, and stay hydrated!
7. Wear comfortable clothes
Tight clothing can cause further inflammation for damaged skin. So, opt for airy clothing that keeps you cool not constricted.