Now that summer break is halfway over, many of us may realize that we’ve gotten more sun than we bargained for. Maybe we forgot to reapply SPF, or maybe we didn’t realize that we were going to be in the sun all day; regardless of the reason, we got sunburned and our skin rebelled against us. Suddenly, our skin is dry, flaky, peeling, breaking our, or is just plain upset. Never fear! I’ll tell you how to get smooth, even toned skin back after a battle with the sun! Just follow the three steps below, and your skin will be on the way to recovery!
This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, see my Disclosure!
Step 1: Exfoliation
In order to promote quick skin cell turn over (what makes skin new and not damaged) and get even, toned skin, we need to slough off those dead skin cells. Right now, they are dry, dull, and are giving you uneven skintone. HOWEVER, if you are suffering from a red, irritated sunburn, DO NOT exfoliate your face. Wait until your skin has healed from the burn and skip to Step 2. If you do not, you can damage the new skin that is trying to form under your burn.
There are a few ways that you can exfoliate your face. You can use either a mechanical exfoliator or a chemical one.
Mechanical Exfoliation relies on the physical force and friction of an additive or product to manually buff away dead skin cells. A few commonly known mechanical exfoliators are:
- St. Ives Apricot Scrub
- Philosophy Microderm Abrasion
- Clarisonic Tools
- Silicone face scrubbers
- Any product that has an added component meant to create friction
- Any product designed to scrub your face for you
Chemical Exfoliation relies on a chemical reaction to eat away at dead skin cells with minimum to zero friction or effort on your part. There are several types of chemical exfoliators:
- Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
- Salicylic Acid (BHAs)
I could go into way more detail about chemical exfoliators (I will in a later post!), but for now, if you would like more information, see this site for a good overview of how these types of chemicals work!
Step 2: Skincare
Now that we have exposed our new skin, we need to be sure we care for it. Skincare should rely primarily on 2 things: moisture and nourishment. Even if you have oily or acne prone skin, you should be sure you are moisturizing your skin, and everyone should be providing adequate nourishment for even, toned skin.
Your routine may only consist of a few products, or it may consist of many. Do what works for you! I, personally, use a modified version of the 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine because I want to focus on feeding my skin and keeping it moisturized. However, you may be focused on fighting acne or preventing wrinkles and may want to have your routine focus on those.
However, at the bare minimum, you need a PH balancing facial toner and a good moisturizer. A PH balancing toner will encourage proper cell turnover so that your skin stays protected and not overly dried out. Usually, stay away from astringent-like toners that strip your skin of all moisture or ones that make your skin feel overly tight after you use it. If you are fighting acne, try looking into a chemical exfoliator that uses Salicylic Acid since it combats acne.
Everyone should have a good moisturizer that actually gets absorbed into the skin. I personally love the Neutrogena Hydro Water Gel and the St. Ives Timeless Collagen Elastin Moisturizer since both absorb into my skin quickly and actually work to keep my skin plump and hydrated all day.
Step 3: Sun Protection
Now, the final and MOST IMPORTANT part of getting and maintaining even toned skin is using SPF. The American Academy of Dermatology claims that
“Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which blocks 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays.”
This means that at the bare minimum, use SPF 30 to ensure you are blocking out most of the damaging rays of the sun! Now, there is speculation that using a higher number of SPF does the same as using one of 30. It is true that the higher levels of SPF only block out marginally larger amounts of UV, however, I feel go big or go home! I’m going to make sure that I have the most protection I can possibly get – especially now that it is summer here in South Texas! I double up with not only a facial SPF lotion, but my makeup foundation also has SPF.
Keep in mind, however, that all SPF needs to be reapplied every 2 hours. This includes makeup.
But, Lindi! I put on SPF under my makeup! Putting it on top will ruin my look!
Never fear! There are all sorts of topical SPF that you can use over makeup from sprays to powders that will cover you with at least SPF 30!
Regardless of what type of SPF you use, though, it is imperative that everyone use it and to make sure that they reapply it regularly to defend against the damaging rays of the sun!
Putting It All Together
If you would like to see your skin texture improve, or you want to get even, toned skin, just follow these three steps to remove the dead, dull cells, moisturize and nourish the new skin, and protect it from the sun! If you would like to see how I make sure to cover all three steps to defend my skin, polish my texture, and get an even skin tone, see the video below of me and my friend, Zoey, demonstrating my modified 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine!
Thank you so much for your support! If you haven’t already, go and follow Lindi’s Lookbook Facebook page for updates, mini reviews, behind the scenes, and more!