In pursuit of that golden holiday glow, don't forget to take the proper steps to care for your skin after clocking in those hours under the sun! Hong Kong's scorching summer sun is no joke, and after-care is just as essential as the SPF.
1. Use a good oil cleanser
After a long day under the sun, it's inevitable that sunscreen, sweat, and other impurities coat the outer layer of your skin. This can cause clogged pores, resulting in enlarged pores, pimples, and skin that feels coarser to the touch. As soon as you get home, use a good cleanser, stat! Cleansing oils tend to be more effective for breaking down build-up and dissolving impurities, so try a lightweight formula designed for sensitive skin.
2. Exfoliate with a gentle scrub
A gentle exfoliation can go a long way in buffing away dead skin cells where cleansers fall short of clearing. Exfoliation removes the build-up of impurities to make room for the growth of new, radiant skin underneath! Note that you should only do this if your skin isn't burnt.
3. Sheet masks
One of the best ways to just flood your skin with a ton of moisture is via old-fashioned sheet masking. When skin is over-exposed to UV rays, skin cells are prone to damage and can result in skin dryness and pigmentation. The best thing you can do right after a day in the sun is to slather your face with your favourite hydrating serum such as hyaluronic acid, and smoothing on a sopping wet mask to literally marinate your skin for 15-20 minutes.
4. Antioxidant-rich toners and serums to hydrate & protect the skin
Another thing that happens when skin is exposed to UV rays is the generation of free radicals in the skin, which can cause wrinkles and sunspots. To counter this process and to reinforce the skin barrier for the future, seek out antioxidants in your skincare products. Vitamin C, green tea, white tea, sea buckthorn, algae, and Vitamin E are our favourite antioxidants in toners & serums.
5. LED Light Therapy
Lastly, LED light therapy is a breakthrough beauty technology that can be used to combat all kinds of skin problems through different wavelengths of light. While blue light is effective for killing p.acnes bacteria that causes acne, red light can be used to promote healing, production of collagen, and helps with general skin inflammation.