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Your skin has a tough role. In addition to protecting you against the elements including the sun and pollution it also is the external covering that protects your body internally. It's pretty resilient, yet can be easily damaged leading to dryness and inflammation. Damage may go unnoticed because the effects may not be immediately obvious. For example, many of us strive for suntans when in actuality a suntan is your skin's protective response to UV exposure. If you're spending time in the sun, you should ensure that you take care of your skin while outside as well as when you come inside.

Applying Emollients After UV Exposure

When you've been out in the sun, the sun's UV rays cause a number of things to happen. UVA rays reach deep into the lower layers of your skin causing damage to tissue and cells. UVB rays, which are shorter, may cause sunburns. Both types of rays may contribute to skin cancer. And, exposure to the sun can also dry your skin, causing the top layer of the epidermis to lose water.  

Emolliating products include lipid replenishing agents such as shea butter, glycerin, olive oil and other plant oils to help you battle against the dry skin caused by sun exposure. A product like [Link Removed]is specifically designed to boost your skin's ability to retain moisture as well as helping to trap moisture. Skin will look and feel softer. Posthelios contains lipid replenishing agents shea butter, dimethicone and lanolin.

Tips For After Sun Care

First, apply the emollient immediately after coming in from the sun. The sooner you apply, the more quickly you will help to trap moisture and prevent any further moisture loss. Second, massage it into your skin right after taking a warm bath or shower (not hot); this helps to trap moisture that is on your skin. Third, if you've been out in the sun for a long period of time, reapply the moisturizer if it wears off.

Being in the sun plays a big part in enjoying life so it's impossible to avoid exposure to the sun. Cover-up, seek shade, avoid sun during its most intense hours and use a well formulated UVA and UVB blocking sunscreen like [Link Removed] when you can't. A good emollient will add additional protection after UV exposure.

Sharmani Pillay is Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 

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