A well-known Spanish cosmetologist, Carmen Navarro, whose Instagram account has more than half a million subscribed users and whose advice is followed by Queen Letizia of Spain herself, has published a number of hard-and-fast rules that will help preserve perfect skin in heat.
1. Do not touch your face with your hands
It’s impossible to follow this rule completely, but extremely necessary to reduce the number of touches. Psychologists have found that even in a state of calm, we touch our face about 25-35 times per hour, whereas in moments of stress, this amount increases to 50-70 times. And along with the touches, we transfer millions of microbes to the skin from mobile phones, household stuff or the car's interior.
2. Wash your hands
Not only after coming from the street or visiting public places, but even after a meal. Products such as lime, figs, parsley and celery increase skin sensitivity to ultraviolet, therefore enhancing the likelihood of the appearance of pigment spots. This certainly does not mean these products must be excluded from the diet. Just wash your hands thoroughly after preparing dishes containing them.
3. Hold off on laser treatment
It is not all gold — that is advertised! Smooth skin is great and all, but before such a responsible treatment as laser hair removal you should consult a dermatologist. Possibly, because of sensitive skin, you will have to set sights on other, equally effective, but less risky treatments. After all, the laser triggers a light burn of the dermis, which can lead to the appearance of spots.
4. Exclude retinol
Not forever, but at least for the summer, pick peels and scrubs free of retinol or any other vitamin A derivative. Such items scrub the skin extremely well, have a powerful anti-aging effect, but can also cause redness and irritation.
5. Set aside fragrances
When the sun sets high, it is best to avoid applying any scents. Alcohol-based perfumes can trigger a burn, and those based on essential oils — cause allergic reaction due to temperature changes in the formula.