Updated: Jun 9
Summer is such a beautiful time of the year. We spend more time outside and we can’t get enough of the sun. But there are certain things we need to know about how to take care of our skin during the summer months.
Hello! My name is Yana – founder and owner of ShaNaMetics. Welcome to my 6th blog post.
In this blog post I am going to talk about what we can do to protect our skin from the UV lights during the summer.
Every summer or every time I went on a beach holiday, dark spots appeared on my face. I used very expensive products to try and clear the dark spots, but none of them helped.
Couple of summers ago I decided to take the matter in my own hands, and I started researching natural ingredients, derived from plants, that could protect my skin from the UV lights and clear my dark spots.
One of the main causes of premature aging of the skin is over-exposure to sunlight. We fall in love with the sun as soon as we see its beautiful light. But we very often forget that we need to be careful with our sun exposure. Over-exposure to sunlight (and heat) causes leathery skin with evident lines because the horny layer thickens in attempt to protect itself.
However, I would like to point out that the sun is not always bad.
The sun is our best source of vitamin D. It is believed that up to 90 percent to 95 percent of most people’s vitamin D comes from casual sunlight exposure. Vitamin D contributes to bone health and supports the immune system.
The sun is a natural sanitiser. Before the deodorant was invented, people used to sunbathe their armpits to get rid of bad odour. The practise of drying clothes, especially bed linen, in the sun is also effective way to kill bacteria.
My mum always used to put washing outside (she still does) to dry even if it was -20 degrees. If the sun was out, the washing was out.
When I was a child, I was told not to play outside at noon during the Summer because the sun was too strong.
But the sun is not that strong morning and late afternoons. Cooler morning temperature combined (with proportionally) lower UV/IR-A ratio, provide the ideal combinations to trigger IR-A beneficial effects without skin hypothermia before potential UV insults/damage. The same applies late in the afternoon with PBM tissue repair if UV damage occurs. (Consequently) IR-A prevents and restores the possible mid-day UVR damage to the skin within beneficial physiological irradiance boundaries.
The sun can serve us well if we respect its power.
My main concern with my skin during the summer months is dark spots. When I had dark spots for the first time, I had no idea what was happening with my skin and I started researching.
A lot of people relate skin pigmentation problems with hyperpigmentation, a phenomenon where the skin becomes darker. However, there is another pigmentation issue where the skin becomes lighter. This is called hypopigmentation.
Melanin is the substance in our bodies that is responsible for our skin colour. Melanocytes are the group of cells that produces the pigment of the skin. Aside from producing our skin tone, it is very efficient in absorbing light and effectively dissipates 99.9 % of absorbed UV radiation.
Hyperpigmentation is caused by the overproduction of melanin. It is characterized by the darkening of an area of the skin.
Hypopigmentation, also known as depigmentation, happens when the skin cells that produce melanin reduce their production and is caused by the depletion of the amino acid tyrosine, which is what the body needs to make melanin.
Pigmentation of the skin is also enhanced by exposure to ultra-violet rays from the sun or artificial sources.
I prefer to refer to hyperpigmentation as dark spots.
Dark spots can be caused by other factors such as hormonal changes, medication side effects, inflammation, processed food, etc. This blog post is dedicated to hyperpigmentation on the face.
In my opinion lack of vitamins can be one of the causes for pigmentation. I believe that healthy skin begins from inside out. Following a balanced and healthy diet is beneficial not only to our skin but to our overall wellbeing.
Summer is the season not only for a lot of beautiful flowers but for fruit and veg as well. Fruit and vegetables are packed with essential vitamins and minerals that can support our overall health.
Berries for example are among the healthiest foods we can eat. Berries contain antioxidants, which help keep free radicals under control.
One of the many benefits of green vegetables is their ability to support our immune system. Green veggies are low in calories, high in fibre and vitamins.
Good food combined with regular exercise is vital for maintaining healthy skin and healthy lifestyle.
As I have mentioned in my 3rd blog ‘Beauty from inside out’, none of the above matters if you don’t have the right mindset.
Keeping mind, body and spirit in synchronicity is essential for our wellbeing.
I am huge advocate of eating right and exercising daily. But I am also very strict about what ingredients I use for my products.
Three ingredients helped me clear and prevent dark spots – Rosehip Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil and Coenzyme Q10. I combine these ingredients with essential oils like rose oil and lavender oil to achieve healthy looking skin.
The UV rays of the sun can damage the skin, resulting in age spots and hyperpigmentation on the face. The antioxidants found in rosehip oil, especially the combination of vitamins C and E, can help to prevent free radicals that cause sun damage.
Research published in National Centre for Biotechnology Information suggest that these antioxidants can reduce the overproduction of pigment in skin, which is what leads to uneven tone and age spots.
I discovered Red Raspberry seed oil by accident. According to my research, this oil can protect the skin from UV lights. Red Raspberry seed oil really works! In Summer 2020 for the first time ever I did not have dark spots on my face. Red raspberry seed oil is high in Vitamin E and A. The plant compounds are being studied for use as a broad-spectrum UV-A and UV-B sunscreen.
I was a little bit sceptical about using Coenzyme Q10. This ingredient is used by big companies, and I wanted to introduce something different to my customers. However, after researching, I found out that this is a suitable ingredient for ShaNaMetics day cream. Coenzyme Q10 applied directly to the skin can help to reduce oxidative damage caused by UV rays and even decrease the depth of wrinkles.
I have mentioned about these ingredients in my 5th blog post ‘The secret ingredient is the secret of ingredients’. I am very proud with ShaNaMetics day and night creams that I cannot stop talking about it.
Most SPF day cream brands use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Even though zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are natural minerals, these two ingredients can make a product feel heavy.
The ingredients for ShaNaMetics Day Cream have been carefully selected to help protect you skin during the day and leave your skin felling light and soft.
ShaNaMetics Night Cream can help you to clear dark spots.
I am a living proof that these products work.
But don’t forget the importance of the mind body spirit connection.
Everything I have talked about so far is based on my own research and personal experience.
I hope you enjoyed my sixth blog post and you find it informative.
I welcome you to have a look at my website and treat yourself with a beautiful skin care product.
Lots of Love,