About Summer Time Skin Care
It's Summertime — Sun-Proof Your Skin with Nature
Everyone loves the sunshine and summer certainly has no shortage of feel good rays. Regular sun exposure is vital to our health and happiness, and it's all thanks to Vitamin D. Our bodies create Vitamin D when the skin absorbs UV rays. Not only does Vitamin D boost your mood and promote a good night's sleep, but studies show it reduces risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
While safe sun exposure has proven benefits, it's no secret that too much of this good thing can lead to skin damage, premature skin aging, and even skin cancer. So, you may be wondering ... how much sun is too much?
Some experts recommend 15-20 minutes of daily sun exposure for a healthy dose of Vitamin D, but it is important to note that the rate at which your skin will burn or see sun damage has a lot to do with your skin type. Fair skin tones burn more quickly than darker skin tones, and your location, the time of day, and time of year also factor into the equation. Check out this handy tool to determine how much sun exposure you should get to maintain healthy Vitamin D levels.
Another factor in determining the rate of UV damage is age. We are more prone to the sun's damaging effects as we get older. The skin has its own antioxidant defense system that helps to reduce damage caused by oxidation and free radical formation from UV rays. But this natural defense system is limited and is less efficient in elderly skin, so it is important to use proper sun protection throughout your life.
Safe, nontoxic sunscreen is your best defense against UV damage. Mineral sunscreens, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, are safer options over synthetic sunscreen ingredients. Commonly use synthetic sunscreen ingredients Oxybenzone and Octinoxate absorb into the body, and have been linked to hormonal disruption and allergic reaction.
Certain natural skincare ingredients, like the ones used in Summer Time skin care, have natural sun protection properties to boost your defense against sun damage. Some foods offer sun protective and reparative qualities too. Try adding citrus fruits, red grapes, strawberries, green tea, leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, and pomegranates to your diet to help protect your skin from UV damage.
Even with vigilant use of the most effective sun protection measures, sun damage can happen. Thankfully there are reparative and nourishing natural ingredients that treat the issues of sun damaged skin, restoring the look and feel of vitality and health.
About Martina Gebhardt Summer Time Skin Care
Martina Gebhardt Summer Time skin care line is formulated to ready the skin for increased sun exposure in summer months and strengthen natural defenses against UV damage. These products also provide a calming and regenerative feel to sun-stressed skin, and reverse the appearance of sun damage.
The Summer Time line includes five products for face and body, specifically designed to care for the skin through the hot and humid months of summer. Each product contains a carefully selected blend of natural and organic ingredients to address seasonal skin concerns, like dryness, redness, irritation, and inflammation. Weightless oils offer essential moisture without leaving the skin feeling heavy or greasy. Calming ingredients offer soothing and balancing qualities. And natural oils and botanical extracts lend a cushioned and protective feel to counteract the damaging effects of UV rays.
Summer Time skin care line is well suited to all skin types and each product is available in travel size. Something for everyone! Martina Gebhardt Summer Time Skin Care contains only the highest quality all-natural, organic, and biodynamic ingredients, and is Demeter certified Biodynamic.
As we mentioned above, certain plant oils have natural sun protective effects. Though they should not be relied on alone to offer proper UV defense, the following natural oils used in Summer Time products boost UV protection with an approximate SPF of 2-4, and improve the look and feel of sun damage.
Sesame Oil: Creates a natural barrier on skin to provide some protection against UV rays. Rich in antioxidants to fight free radical damage caused by overexposure to the sun, preventing the look of sun damage and premature aging. Gives sun-stressed skin a calmed and soothed appearance, diminishing signs of sunspots and irregular pigmentation. The complexion looks firm, supple, and bright.
Kukui Nut Oil: An antioxidant-rich moisturizing oil that offers a softening, smoothing, and healing quality to skin. Hawaiians have used this oil for thousands of years for its supreme moisturizing benefits. Gives skin a soothed sensation after spending time in the sun, and brings about a look of clarity and balance. Great for use on sunburned, irritated, or inflamed skin, and heat-induced eczema.
Jojoba Oil: Most closely matched to the oil the skin produces naturally, Jojoba offers non-greasy, long-lasting moisture, calms the feeling of inflammation, and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and acne prone. Gives a soothed feel to skin and prevents the look of premature aging caused by UV damage.
Sea buckthorn Oil: A vitamin-rich skin conditioner that is often used on damaged, irritated, and acne prone skin types. This oil reduces the look of sun damage on skin, and lends a restorative appearance to dry, uneven, and inflamed complexions.
Summer Time skin care doesn't stop there. It includes even more healthy ingredients to protect and nourish, and keep your skin looking fabulous through summer and beyond.
Carrot Root Extract: High in Vitamin A, this oil gives skin a youthful appearance while lending a soothing feel. This extract is rich in carotenoids, which offer some UV protection, and gives skin a hint of natural glow.
Black Walnut Extract: Contains a powerful component that reacts with the skin to provide UV defense. Gives skin a hydrated and nourished effect, helps to diminish signs of blemishes, and improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Licorice Extract: Rich in a natural antioxidant active that bolsters the skin's natural defenses against UV damage. Gives skin a healthier look and soothed feel, while reducing signs of irritation and environmental damage.
Aloe Vera: A light skin thirst-quencher that tones down the look and feel of inflammation, and provides oil balancing qualities so the complexion is comfortable but not greasy. Aloe offers a cooling feel to skin and boosts the appearance of firmness.
Green Tea Extract: A powerful antioxidant, this tea leaf extract gives a bright, even-toned look to skin, while diminishing the appearance of sun damage, spots, and irritation.
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