Published: May 26, 2017
Gearing up to start spending more time outdoors? So are we! The summertime is so exciting, after spending a great deal of time indoors during the winter months there’s nothing like being able to head outside and enjoy the warmth and sunshine. While the summer season is filled with outdoor activities and the desire to be outside as much as possible, most of us are also trying to be more aware of protecting our skin from sun damage as much as possible. The information and research around sun damage to the skin continues to show us that while we enjoy the sun and its warmth, it doesn’t show our skin the same love. We believe knowledge is power, especially when it comes to skin care information. So we’re rounding up some tips for avoiding sun sensitivity to keep you as informed as possible. It’s been found that certain ingredients found in products can lead to sun sensitivity-keep reading to see if any of your skin care products contain any of these common ingredients.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids + Beta Hydroxy Acids
Yep, unfortunately this is a double whammy here. Both types of hydroxy acids have been found to relate to causing sun sensitivity to those that use products containing them. It’s said that these types of acids cause the skin to be more sensitive to sun because they have an exfoliating element to them, in turn causing the skin to be more sensitive. These types of acids are found in quite a few different types of skin care products and can also be labeled as glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids.
Another commonly used ingredient in skin care products, especially acne fighting products, has been found to cause sun sensitivity in the skin to occur. It’s said that because of the great cleansing benefits of benzoyl peroxide for helping to fight and clear acne in the skin, it can also make the skin a bit on the sensitive side to other factors especially the sun.
If you’re focused on anti-aging products for your skin care routine, you’ve likely used or heard of retinol in ingredients. Retinol is an incredibly beneficial ingredient for anti-aging purposes, but because it’s an ingredient that speeds of cell turnover in the skin-it’s essentially, constantly bringing new/fresh skin to the surface. Naturally, fresh and new skin is much more delicate.
There are other ingredients that can cause your skin to become more sensitive to the sun than it may be normally. We’re not saying that you should be avoiding these ingredients altogether, but knowing these ingredients can cause your skin to become more sensitive to the sun is powerful information to know. If you use any skin care products that contain these ingredients, make sure that you’re stepping up your sun protection habits and really being aware of how your skin is reacting/feeling when you spend time outdoors. Keep your skin as covered and protected as possible to be sure you don’t face any damage.