It's just the month of May but it's been raining quite frequently lately. It seems like summer is ending a little early this year! A part of me is sad that sunny days are over but at the same time relieved as we don't have to endure the scorching heat of the sun and the possible damage it can do to our skin!

So we've basked under the sun and got the perfect tan. I believe that most of us know better than to skip sunscreen this season but even if we did our best to wear as much SPF as we could, the sun's rays are just too strong to not leave an aftermath. Sunspots, flaking skin, uneven skintone are just some of the most common skin concerns right after summer. Here are some of my tips on how to rescue "traumatized" skin from sun exposure. And it need not be expensive!

1. Exfoliate

Despite the skin producing more sebum in hot temperatures, the heat of the sun will eventually dehydrate and dry the skin. Not only will the skin flake, but it will also accumulate dead skin cells and slow down cell turnover. Make sure to exfoliate your body using a gentle scrub to slough off dead skin. I recommend Dove Gentle Exfoliating Beauty Wash with moisturizing milk that doesn't contain the harsh beads that most exfoliators have.

As for the face, choose a chemical exfoliator that doesn't include any beads that can be too harsh on our faces' skin. I've been using NeoStrata Glycolic Gel every other day to shorten skin turnover which will in turn reveal a more even skin tone and texture. Exfoliate thrice a week and notice blotchiness and rough spots disappear. Ask your dermatologist if this will suit you.

2. Correct

Asians usually find it harder to tan than other races. I myself notice that sun spots come in first on my skin before a golden tan! Age spots are generally a result of prolonged exposure to the sun. This increase in melanin production leads to the generation of rough pigmentations on the uncovered parts of the skin. Correct hyperpigmentation or the accumulation of keratinocytes (dark spots) by using a brightening or whitening skincare treatment not only on the face, but on the entire body as well. No matter how evenly you think you spread your sunscreen, uneveness of skintone will always result from exposing yourself to UV.  

Céleteque Brightening Radiance Body Cream has natural extracts that help reduce melanin production and aid in brightening the skin. Apply on the entire body especially on dark areas such as the elbows and knees to even out skintone and illuminate the skin. It also doubles as a sunscreeen as it contains SPF 15.

The face would need a more potent formula that specifically targets dark spots. Minimize skin discoloration and use a dark spot corrector or lightener every night before your usual moisturizer. The Céleteque Dark Spot Corrector has a Pigmentation Lightening Complex which contains Coenzyme Q10 that fights free radicals that can further aggravate darkening of the spots.

3. Protect

Prevent further skin damage by always remembering to apply sunscreen that blocks both UVB and UVA rays, even when indoors. I say the higher the SPF, the better! Vaseline Healthy White Lotion with SPF 24 is a personal favorite. The cream texture finishes off satin and doesn't feel sticky. And when you plan to stay longer outdoors, choose a sunblock with a higher SPF. Neutrogena is one of the few brands offering lotions with SPF as high as 100!

The hair gets sensitized too when exposed to the sun. Keratin is stripped and color is often faded right after a trip to the beach. Use a protein-rich shampoo and conditioner to restore hair's moisture and choose a sulfate-free formula. I'm currently using L'Oreal EverSleek Smoothing System to prevent frizz from my already dried up hair.

4. Moisturize

Rehydrate skin and gain back moisture by applying lotion on the body and moisturizer right every after shower. I substitute body oil like Victoria Secret Bare Bronze Body Oil for lotion to enhance my tan and achieve a sun-kissed complexion. Nothing gives a healthy glow like a well-moisturized skin does.

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