The importance of after-sun skin care routine
We all know how important it is to prepare our skin before exposing to the sun, but what about the aftercare?
For many of us, summer often means spending more time outdoors. Even though fall is just around the corner, the weather is still fine for enjoying a pleasing and relaxing day at the beach or pool.
The cooler weather may lead us to mistakenly think that we no longer need to protect our skin from UV rays because the sun is less strong than in summer. But this is just one of the most common false myths related to the world of skincare.
We shouldn’t forget that the sun produces harmful and skin-damaging UV rays not only in the hottest months, but throughout the year: excessive and unprotected exposure may negatively affect our skin health, no matter the season, temperatures or cloud cover.
Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF is essential, but it may not be enough. Most people tend to believe that sunburn is the only sign of overexposure to the sun.
However, the reality is that staying outdoors in the sun the whole day may cause serious skin damage, even though the effects of overexposure are not immediately visible. This is because – no matter how much we try – it’s nearly impossible to avoid UV rays completely, so it’s crucial to give our skin the attention it deserves after a day in the sun.
To help our skin recover after sun exposure and its effects, it’s essential to choose an effective moisturizing nourishment that gives immediate relief from sensations of irritation and dryness.
Here’s what you need to know about this product.
Why you should include after-sun in your skincare routine
An after-sun is a product specifically formulated for moisturizing skin after prolonged sun exposure. Thanks to its soothing ingredients, it effectively helps rehydrating the skin along with contrasting sunburn peeling.
When we are out in the heat for too long, our body temperature increases and the water levels in our skin get lower. UV rays, chlorine and salty water may also contribute to weaken the natural moisture barrier of our skin barrier.
After-sun can limit the effects of skin dehydration, replenishing part of the moisture lost from sun exposure and giving an instant soothing relief.
When should after-sun be applied?
If your skin has been exposed to the sun, you should apply an after-sun cream as frequently as needed to keep your skin adequately moisturized to avoid peeling.
Overexposure to UV radiations may result in sunburn or erythema: if your skin looks blotchy and it’s hot to the touch, you probably have spent too much time in the sun. Other symptoms of overexposure include blistering, peeling skin and itching.
Applying an after-sun cream may help to relieve pain and decrease inflammation. However, if the sunburn is severe and becomes too painful, you should immediately consult a doctor for adequate medical treatment.
Should after-sun be used only in summer?
The answer is: not at all! Perhaps not everyone knows that an after-sun cream doesn’t have to be used just to treat sunburn. Compared to standard moisturizers, after-sun contains some additional soothing ingredients: this means that it can be used every time your skin feels tight and dry, even during the winter months, when the skin is exposed to lower temperatures and low levels of moisture in the air.
Furthermore, after-sun usually has a very lightweight texture to ensure that the heat doesn’t stay trapped inside the skin, which makes it perfect for a daily use. It’s a highly versatile product that will help maintain your skin silky, smooth and pampered all year around!
The perfect ally after a day in the sun
Our laboratories have created Dopo Sole (Italian for “After Sun”), a cream with a soft and voluptuous texture that fast absorbs to instantly relieve dryness and sensations of irritation.
Thanks to its ingredients, Beauty Thinkers Dopo Sole acts as a powerful moisturizer attracting and helping maintain water in place.
The Aloe barbadensis leaf juice – a natural and soothing emollient – enhances the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness, while Shea butter – a nourishing moisturizer for dry skin – improves the appearance of skin helping to maintain softness and smoothness.
Panthenol – also known as provitamin B5 – is a highly effective humectant that helps maintain the skin barrier, promotes skin renewal and strengthens the natural protective layer on skin.
Squalane – a lightweight skin compatible emollient known for its strong biomimetic properties – not only helps prevent moisture loss, but also soothes, calms and protects the skin barrier.
But what really makes our Dopo Sole unique is of course our EVOO Enzimatico, our proprietary enzymatic formula converted from cold-extracted, extra virgin olive oil that directly nourishes the skin barrier.
Beauty Thinkers Dopo Sole is vegan and made from plant-based ingredients. It’s formulated with a plant-based and biodegradable alternative to silicone.
Our after-sun face and body cream is packed with high-performance HT (Hydroxytyrosol) antioxidant activity that targets free radicals created by UV and blue light after a day in the sun. Its delicate formulation makes it suitable for all skin concerns.
Dopo Sole comes with an elegant Italian designed glass bottle and includes a separate 30ml refill innertube.
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