How Does Summer Affect The Skin?
A Guide To Smarter Summer Skin

by Rodrigo Diaz
April 25, 2023

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Ah Yes, summer. The season of sun, fun, and a few skin changes. With longer days and warmer temperatures, it's the perfect time for outdoor adventures, but it's also when your skin faces some unique challenges. So let's dive into the world of summer skin, exploring the issues and providing you with science-backed solutions for healthier, happier skin during those sun-soaked months.

Sunburn
The red badge of courage – an unwelcome outcome of too much time spent basking in those glorious ultraviolet (UV) rays. The culprits behind this fiery response are the sun's UVA and UVB rays, which sneak past your skin's defenses, damaging skin cells and their precious DNA. Your body, being the ever-vigilant sentinel it is, responds to this invasion by increasing blood flow to the afflicted area, causing the classic redness, inflammation, and pain that accompanies a sunburn. In extreme cases, the skin might even rebel with blisters and peeling.

Now, your skin isn't entirely defenseless. Melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its color, acts as a bouncer, absorbing and scattering UV radiation in an effort to protect your skin from sun damage. But let's face it, even the best bouncers can be overwhelmed, and excessive UV exposure can leave your skin vulnerable to sunburn.

The key to outsmarting sunburn lies in using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a suitable sun protection factor (SPF).

 

UV + Alcohol: A Quick Story
At the cellular level, alcohol can interfere with the skin's natural protective mechanisms, making it more vulnerable to the damaging effects of UV radiation.

1. Impairs the skin's natural barrier function through dehydration, which can make it more susceptible to UV-induced DNA damage.

2. Reduces the levels of antioxidants in the skin, which play a critical role in protecting the skin from oxidative stress caused by UV radiation. Increases the risk of photosensitivity, which can exacerbate the harmful effects of UV radiation on the skin.

3. Dilates blood vessels, leading to facial flushing, and exacerbating the effects of UV radiation on the skin. Heightens the risk of sunburn, premature aging, and other severe conditions (if chonic exposure) by making the skin more susceptible to the harmful effects of UV radiation.

Overall, alcohol consumption can have significant negative effects on skin health, especially when combined with UV radiation exposure. To maintain healthy skin and minimize the risk of sun damage, it's essential to use an SPF, protective clothing, and consume alcohol in moderation.

 

Oily Skin
Summer heat and humidity can trigger the overproduction of sebum, an oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands. This excess sebum can result in an oily complexion, clogged pores, and an increased likelihood of breakouts.

To counteract this effect, it's essential to integrate oil-free, non-comedogenic products into your skincare routine. Non-comedogenic products are specifically formulated to avoid clogging pores, helping to prevent the formation of acne and blackheads. Regular cleansing is also crucial, as it removes dirt, sweat, and excess oil from the skin's surface, maintaining a fresher appearance.

 

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Excessive Sweating
After hitting the gym or engaging in any strenuous physical activity, it's crucial not to let sweat linger on your skin for too long. Prolonged exposure to sweat can cause a buildup of oil, dirt, and bacteria, increasing the likelihood of clogged pores and breakouts. To maintain a healthy complexion, make it a priority to cleanse your skin as soon as possible after exercising.

Dehydration
During summer, high temperatures and increased humidity can lead to a higher rate of transepidermal water loss (TEWL). TEWL is the process by which water evaporates from the skin's surface, and when it occurs at an accelerated pace, the skin becomes dehydrated. Dehydrated skin can appear dry, flaky, and be more prone to irritation.

To mitigate the effects of dehydration, it's vital to maintain a proper balance of water intake and external hydration. Drinking ample water replenishes the body's internal water supply, while using hydrating moisturizers, rich in humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, can help draw moisture from the environment and lock it into the skin.

Heat Rash
You've heard of the phrase "too close for comfort"? That's what heat rash is all about. When sweat gets trapped in the skin (due to tight clothing or rubbing), redness, itching, and tiny bumps can follow. Keep your skin dry and clean, and wear loose, breathable clothing to prevent this uninvited guest from crashing your summer cation.

Insect Bites
Ah yes, the great outdoors – fresh air (*cough* *cough*), nature, and... insect bites. These pesky critters can cause redness, swelling, and itching. But fear not, brave adventurer! Insect repellent and proper first aid are your trusty sidekicks in the battle against bug bites.

 

Razor Burn and Ingrown Hairs
Summer calls for more frequent shaving, whether it's beard grooming or body hair removal. But with great grooming comes great responsibility. Follow proper shaving techniques and use soothing aftershave products to avoid razor burn and ingrown hairs.

As we come to the end of our exploration of summer skin challenges and solutions, remember that with the right knowledge and strategies, you can protect and nourish your skin throughout the season. To complement your summer skincare routine, consider incorporating a hydrating moisturizer like GOA's Oil-Free, Anti Pollution Moisturizer. Embrace the summer with confidence, knowing that you are well-informed and well-prepared to take care of your skin.

 

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The APM is an oil-free, biomimetic shield against pollution while moisturizing the skin for 24 hours. Targets PM2.5.

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anti pollution moisturizer

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