Oh, summer is nearing its end.  This time of year is bittersweet for me.  While summer is my favorite season, I welcome the Fall and the changing of nature’s guard.  In the right time, I offer you my most recent post from my professional website, thenewaesthete.com, about after-sun care.  Alectrona and Helios are the Greek goddess and god of the sun, respectively.  Enjoy!

Alectrona and Helios: A Love Story

Summer is one of my favourite seasons– and it is a glorious one!  Heat, sun, ocean, sandals, golden skin– summer is quintessentially sexy!  Besides the warm, moist air, sunshine is beneficial, too.  As with many things we love, it can be overdone and it can be underdone.  Prolonged or excessive sun exposure may, indeed, lead to unhealthy and problematic health problems.  However, healthy and protected doses of sun may have positive effects on the body, the soul, and the psyche.  Some of these benefits include:

-production of vitamin D

-increased immunity

-increased metabolism

-improved sleep

-increased sense of well-being

-elevated mood

-healing of some skin conditions( UV rays may be a natural antiseptic)

-promotion of healthy, radiant skin

-stimulation of blood circulation

-hormonal balance

-improved energy

In light of these benefits, it is important to moderate your exposure to sunlight in order to avoid burning, blistering, and other damage that may be caused by unmitigated or relentless pursuit of the glow.

As a plastic surgeon, I am familiar with how sun damage contributes to premature aging.  I perform a number of procedures designed to “reverse” or remove signs of aging.  That there are options is a beautiful thing.  Also, since I practice my craft using a holistic approach, there are also a number of ways, from the inside out, to help maintain a healthy glow and reduce the damaging effects from the sun.  From one sun aesthete to another, below I offer you my top ten tips for saving face, healing skin, and looking fabulous all summer long and beyond:

1. Eat: brightly colored fruit that act as natural sunscreens: blueberries, tomatoes, oranges, carrots, apricots;

2. Eat: green vegetables that contain antioxidants to balance the sun’s effects: spinach, kale, broccoli, mustard greens, collard greens;

3. Drink: more water daily during summer months to help quench thirsty skin and help prevent dry, flaky skin;

4. Hydrate facial skin: look for products containing ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid or potent antioxidants.  Try Ilike Tomato Suntan Gel or Ilike Rich carrot Moisturizer;

5: Moisturize skin of the body: use shimmering lotions or nourishing body oils.  Try Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse or Hampton Sun Serious Shimmer Cooling Spray Bronze;

6. Protect: apply sunscreen to both your face and body every two hours.  For face, I like La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX and for body, I like Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Lotion Sunscreen;

7. Recover: After sun, apply a skin-soothing mist to help cool and heal skin.  I use Solar Recover Save Your Skin Daily Moisturizer & Sun Damaged Skin Recovery System;

8. Lubricate: Apply hair oil to help repel the damaging effects of chlorine, salt water, and UV rays.  You may like Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil, Kerastase Soleil Huile Celeste Shimmering Protective Care Unisex Spray, Phytoplage Protective Beach Hair Spray, and Rene Furterer Protective Summer Oil;

9. Maintain nail health with nail or cuticle oils containing neem or myrrh.  Look for Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil or Kerstin Florian Myrrh Nail Oil;

10. Soften lips by gently exfoliating with a baby toothbrush then applying a lip balm and mixing or following up with a sunscreen.  Try Intelligent Nutrients Lip Delivery Antioxidant Gloss and Eos Lemon Drop SPF 15 Lip Balm Sphere.

Stay Fabulous!
Dr. Shirley Madhère