Summer is carefree, relaxing and restful. We enjoy the warming rays of the sun and dive into the sea in search of a weightless feeling of freedom. The air smells of rosemary, lavender and immortelle. Summer invites us to enjoy and relax.
This joy and relaxation can be seen on us and on our skin. I do not know anyone who does not enjoy a little healthy, tanned skin. But summer also means a high UV index, high temperatures, staying in air-conditioned rooms and sea salt on the skin. These external factors affect the balance of the hydrolipid barrier and its intelligent self-renewal system. These combinations can likely contribute to clogged pores, increased sensitivity or allergies, and transepidermal water loss. As a result, the balance of the skin's microbiome - its natural ecosystem - is easily disrupted. In addition, environmental factors expose our body's cells to oxidative stress, making antioxidants, essential omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals even more important for our bodies and skin. Unfortunately, oxidative stress promotes the formation of free radicals that can damage cells and DNA, the loss of collagen and elastin, photoaging of the skin (premature ageing ), the appearance of wrinkles and even more severe skin changes.
Matinata is all about being in connection with nature. That's why we believe our summer skin care regimen should address the above factors in a natural way. With the right approach to the sun, which also recharges us and has a positive impact on our overall health, and with the right combination of smart skincare products and SPF protection, you can truly enjoy all the benefits of summer without risking damaging your skin. Did you know that the sea, due to its richness in minerals (magnesium, zinc, iodine, calcium, sodium, boron, potassium, bromine, sulfur...) can have a positive effect on the relief of various skin inflammations such as acne, fungi and the like, thanks to its disinfectant action?
You will already achieve a lot if you drink (in summer) a glass of water with a squeezed lemon every morning. It alkalizes your body and provides you with plenty of natural vitamin C. Vitamin C is excellent for naturally stimulating collagen production, which is responsible for skin elasticity and wrinkle reduction.
Sun, salt and sea, wind and air - friends or foe?
Moderate exposure to the sun in the morning or afternoon positively affects our overall health, strengthens the immune system and even promotes skin healing. According to experts, it is necessary to be exposed to sunlight for at least half an hour every day so that the skin can produce the vital vitamin D, which we cannot obtain in sufficient quantities from food. Vitamin D is responsible for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from food and the production of melanin and T immune cells that kill pathogenic microorganisms. And it is the UVB rays (B-burning) rays) that are most responsible for the production of melanin. This natural sunscreen depends on the skin phototype and infiltrates the skin's surface layers (epidermis). On the other hand, excessive sun exposure and UVB rays can cause immediate damage such as burns, erythema (redness), thickening skin, and dehydration.
UVA rays (A-aging) penetrate deeper into the layers of the dermis. Therefore, they can cause more severe damage such as photoaging, hyperpigmentation and allergies. The feeling of warmth is caused by IR - infrared rays that penetrate deeper into the skin and damage lipids. Combined with the wind (which makes us lose the sensation of heat), sweating and sea salt, dehydrated and dried skin tries to restore its balance by secreting sebum, causing a circular process that can have a comedogenic effect by causing skin inflammation or allergies. Therefore, the advice is "worth its weight in gold" to wash your face with clean water after swimming in the sea and shower immediately after going to the beach.
On the other hand, due to its rich mineral composition, sea salt can help restore the skin's natural barrier and pH and also provides natural exfoliation of dead skin cells, making the skin softer and more elastic. So everything is a question of moderation and balance.
How to prepare the skin for sun exposure?
First, it is necessary to control the internal factors to influence the external factors by providing the skin with proven antioxidants (yellow-orange and green fruits and vegetables) and essential fatty acids (nuts, avocados, fish, olive oil) or supplements. - at least two to three months before the summer. They also improve the condition of the skin after sunbathing. Never skip a thorough facial cleansing with re.start cleansing oil to maintain a healthy skin shape and glowing complexion. Whenever you wear sunscreen, we recommend double cleansing.
Aside from the fact that proper sun exposure activates melanin, melanin formation can be enhanced by the intake of carotenoids (essential building blocks of our body) such as alpha and beta carotene (from which the body makes vitamin A), lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, etc. These carotenoids are also valuable antioxidants. Perhaps the most important for the skin is the so-called "super-carotenoid" astaxanthin, which is even 11 times more potent than beta-carotene. Astaxanthin is found in shrimp, crab, salmon or some algae. Other excellent antioxidants for the skin are vitamins C, E and B3, zinc, copper, magnesium and selenium minerals, borage seed oil and coenzyme Q10.
How to take care for your skin naturally during summer?
In addition to everything mentioned above, you should not forget about the sun protection factor. This is the most frequently asked question at Matinata - which natural SPF do we recommend. Naturally, we prefer mineral UV protection, which reflects UV rays, does not irritate the skin and is not harmful to the environment. And when you consider SPF, you can never go wrong with SPF 30.
Facial skin requires a little more attention than body care, as it is more sensitive and thinner, and the first signs of accelerated aging and hyperpigmentation are more visible.
re.water serum is a "must" during the summer, which you can immediately apply to cleansed but still damp skin. This universally flattering serum is rich in moisturizers and antioxidants - green tea, ectoin, ginkgo biloba, gotu kola and hyaluronic acid. In particular, Ectoin, one of the active ingredients in re.water serum, has excellent protective, repairing and soothing properties. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent that can stop excessive immune responses due to UVA damage. So once you have provided your skin with a smart synergy of natural moisturizers and antioxidants, lock in these benefits with re.vamp complete moisturizer.
Caring for the skin after sun exposure
If you overdo it, flavonoids with anti-inflammatory properties and cooling components like aloe vera are best for soothing the skin. Feel soothing action with re.breezy mist, which contains lavender, neroli and may rose hydrosols, sodium PCA and betaine as humectants, and skin revitalizing ingredients like aloe vera, cactus and cucumber. It is also an excellent base for applying rich skin care creams or Re.glow oil serum, which topically restores the full spectrum of omega fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants and carotenoids mentioned in pre-sun care. The valuable ingredients of this serum (Indian fig oil, chia and pomegranate seeds, strawflower and coenzyme Q10) stimulate cell renewal and restore the skin's vitality, which completes the summer care.