Aftersun protection for your skin and natural sunburn treatments

Better aftersun protection

We’ve all been there. Snuggled into the sand as the sun beats down on us and the sea laps the shore or sinking into sun-lounger bliss sat by the pool, only to end up looking more lobster-red than beautifully bronzed.

Soaking up the sun is something we love to do. And sunlight is good for us. It’s where we get the majority of our vitamin D from, it boosts our serotonin levels (the body’s natural happy hormone) and it helps us relax.

However, like all good things, the sun is best enjoyed in moderation. Too much sun will damage and destroy our skin, replacing the healthy glow with a dried, cracked and painful feel. Caring for your skin before, during and after you’ve been in the sun is the best way to stay looking your best.

Here’s how you can do it…

What to eat and drinkStaying hydrated and drinking plenty of water is vital if you’re spending a day out in the sun. Dehydrated skin becomes hard and scaly so make sure you always have water with you. Carrot, tomato, cherry and pomegranate juice are also great options as they are packed full of skin-friendly nutrients.

Essential fatty acids, such as Omega 3 and Omega 6, are brilliant for your skin. You’ll find them in various beans, squashes and cabbage and walnuts. Try and avoid foods high in salt as they will heighten water loss. Instead go for fresh salads and raw vegetables to keep you cool and your skin nourished.

What to put on your skin - Make sure you exfoliate before applying anything to your skin. This will remove any dead cells and improves hydration. After you’ve mositurised, use an organic sunscreen and apply before you head out and regularly while you’re in the sun. Remember you can never apply too much and if in any doubt simply re-apply!

What to do if you burnYou should always try and avoid getting burnt but we know that sometimes it happens despite the best efforts. For the best aftersun care, wash with cool water then apply face oil and body oil. Our natural organic body oil with arnica is full of ingredients such as plantain, calendula and patchouli which are prized for their ability to promote skin cell regeneration. A rejuvenating face mask, like our superfood mask, once a week will also work wonders for you.

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The key to healthy, calm skin when it’s exposed to the welcome sunshine lies in looking after its natural lipid barrier, so underneath your daily SPF give your skin enough antioxidant protection to help neutralise free radical damage to the skin’s collagen.

Avoid soapy cleansers and harsh exfoliators and keep skin well moisturised and cool all day long. If your skin is very sensitive use a body oil even before the shower during the summer months to reduce stinging as the water hits your skin.

Always shower with lukewarm water and avoid exposure to direct sunshine between 11am and 4pm if you want to prevent skin irritation.

Changing your skincare regime for summer

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When it comes to summer we will, more often than not, change our wardrobe for the new season. In the same way we change our wardrobe, changing our skincare regime in summer months can make sure our skin shines and always looks its best.  

Summer brings with it a unique set of challenges for the skin. There is (hopefully!) increased exposure to sunlight, more wear from being outdoors, salt water from sea swimming, chlorine for lazing in pools, all of which when combined leave our skin feeling dry, worn and damaged.

Hydrated skin is happy skin and it’s keeping the skin hydrated, with natural organic skincare products, which is the key to keeping it healthy and happy.

There’s no perfect fit when it comes to skincare. We all have different skin that responds in different ways. What’s important is finding a skincare solution you’re happy, comfortable and confident with.

The following tips will help whatever your skin type and leave you glowing inside and out…

Nurture & Nourish. Through summer, try to avoid products that leave your skin feeling dry. The skin needs to be nurtured and nourished to leave it looking its best. Using natural organic oil is the best way to do this.

Washing your face with water is great to leave you feeling refreshed but it won’t cleanse or nourish your skin. A good oil helps works with the building blocks of our skin – essential fatty acids, cholesterol and triglycerides – to keep it moist and soft.

After you shower use an organic body oil to restore your skin’s balance. Our award-winning organic body oil contains arnica, apricot kernel oil and vitamin E-rich evening primrose oil to rejuvenate and nourish; plus plantain, calendula and patchouli – all prized for their ability to promote skin cell regeneration.

Protect. Prevention is better than a cure and protecting your skin from the elements is a sure-fire way to leave it looking great. The most important area to protect is the face. Don’t go out in the morning without an organic daily face oil or an intensive mosturiser. Both our organic daily face oil and line-softener intensive formula are  packed full of antioxidants and natural ingredients with rejuvenative properties. If you’re skin is especially sensitive to the sun, it’s always a good idea to apply an SPF cream that matches your skin type.

Replenish. Recovery is a vital aspect to feeling and looking good. Just like your muscles after exercise, your skin needs time to recover. Replenish your skin with a weekly face mask. This deep-cleaning treat will leave you feeling wonderful. Our superfood face mask is a wonderfully uplifting and rejuvenating face mask to detoxify and repair the skin. Brimming with antioxidants and essential fatty acids, and so rich in Vitamin E, it is the perfect weekly detox.

The secret is to find what works for your skin, makes you look incredible and leaves you feeling fantastic from head to toe.

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Our skin has a hydro-lipidic film formed by a complex lipid matrix. This lipidic matrix keeps the skin moist, soft and to protect it from the damage of external environmental elements including ultraviolet rays, A and B.

It’s essential, especially in the summer when our body in much more exposed to the the day light (thank goodness!) and the penetration of ultraviolet rays, to keep the skin nurtured and nourished. That’s why we recommend the body and face oils.

As well as your skin, don’t forget your hair! It needs care and love as well… Don’t use aggressive shampoos, but very delicate ones. After swimming wash it getting rid of sea salt or chlorine and then spray on it some light organic hair oil to protect it. You can add hair oil also before going into the water, to reduce the risk of damage.


And if the feet are dried and cracked because of the heat or walking on hot sand and rocks, rub them with Inlight Foot & Leg balm before going to bed. It’ a balm for them, not only to nourish them but also to help give you a deep relaxing sleep.

Ditch your after-shave for a soothing oil

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Men are becoming more conscious of looking after their skin, it is almost a trend rather than a taboo. Feeling and looking good is important for men and women alike, but is there a real difference in targeted skincare?

Skin in Men and Women is indeed very different, this is mainly due to hormones:

- Men’s skin is up to 20% thicker than women’s and contains more collagen fibres making it more dense and resistant. It has less adipose content resulting in a reduction in softness and suppleness.

- Men are more prone to the inflammation of skin follicles and acne.

- The Skin’s PH: men’s skin has a value of 4.5 (more acidic because of the higher lactic acid) whilst women 5.8. This preserves men’s skin from bacteria but makes it more prone to irritation and inflammation

010363-ilt-faceoil-co-247x300Inlight Skin Care is great for both women and men but one particular product, our Daily Face Oil, has been chosen by Dr Spiezia (and many of our customers)  as the perfect moisturiser and ‘after shave’ :

Often after shave products are alcohol based which dry the skin, chemical fragrances they contain can produce skin irritation and allergies, and the preservatives can get through the skin’s lesion in to the body, following the use of the razor.

Oils are always the best solution and organic is even better. You just need to change your habits for the perfect healthy skin.

 Morning shaving is always a little task for men: if you do it as soon as you wake up, the skin is supple and soft and shaving is simple and goes smoothly. If you wait too long the skin starts to dry up and shaving can leave the skin with some damage.

Therefore the sooner the better. You can also use an organic oil to moisten and prepare the skin for the razor blade, and you can also use the same or similar oil as after shave, especially if it contains astringent essential oils or specific soothing botanical extracts. I use Inlight Daily face oil: it is a fantastic 100% organic oil, based on jojoba oil (highly moisturising and nutrient), infused with rose buds (astringent), rose hip shell (anti-oxidant), vanilla pods and blue mallow flowers (soothing and calming).

The smell is divine and the feeling is great. The oil sinks in quite rapidly calming down any irritation. You need only a few drops and the skin will thank you every time you use it.

Dr M Spiezia

 

 

Get your skin ready for the Summer season

shutterstock_217888879It’s time to get your skin ready to look its best for the sunny season.

Dr Spiezia has a few tips for you to ‘awaken’ the skin ready for the summer

 

One of the problems, after a long winter where we are constantly covered by layers of clothing, is that the skin can lose tone and appear flabby and weak.

This is partly due to the cold: the blood vessels nearest the surface shrink, resulting in a lack of blood supply and nutrients – this impairs the production of elastin and connective tissue.

Moreover, in winter we tend to eat more fats and carbohydrates and fewer vegetables, reducing our intake of vitamins and anti-oxidants.

So, to combat this, here are a few steps to tone and awaken the skin ready for summer: – 

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12 steps for happy cleansing – inside and out

woman_apple_1First of all: Happy new year to you all!

The question is: what is happiness?

As a doctor I always wish to all my friends a “healthy” New Year knowing that without good health it is very difficult to be happy and enjoy what life offers us as a daily gift.

Hard to start January full of stamina and energy mostly used to cope with excess of food, sugar, alcohol and lack of sleep.

The more we eat or drink the more energy we spend on digestion and the excess of food often becomes fat that sort of clogs our system with toxins and debris. This is the reason for feeling sluggish, with a non-sharp-non-sparkle head and a dull, dehydrated skin.

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Organic pampering for sun-kissed skin

nj_medical_spa_ethosspa_by_gloriamckelvy-d5zroylAs you may know the skin is strongly connected with the brain, through millions of nerve endings. Every day an enormous number of messages are sent from the epidermis to the brain and spread into different areas, resulting in a chain reaction, including an emotional response.

Many of these messages stimulate memories from our childhood, when we were cuddled and when the sense of touch was extremely important; both to give us security and for the right development of the brain, character and body identity.

This is why the word “pamper” is often used in the skin care industry to describe the effect of cosmetic products, but actually, to be fair, many of these positive sensations come from the skin stimulation itself, when applying creams or oils. Of course, if the skin stimulation is done using top quality ingredients with beneficial effects, the final result is greater than the stimulation only, producing an amplified effect. The expression “pamper yourself” is therefore correct when describing the emotional/physical status provoked from the application of a cosmetic, especially if done in a specialised environment, such as a spa (or…your home spa!).

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Skin and Sun Protection

We all know how lovely the sunshine is, especially after long wintery grey days. Often we crave for sunlight because of its many positive actions on our life – such as helping to produce serotonin, (the happiness hormone), stimulating the immune system or converting Vitamin D into its active form, enhancing the health of our bones.

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But sun protection is important for our skin’s health. During the summer the light is much more intense and we are at risk of over-exposure to UV rays: they damage the skin, oxidizing the epithelial cells (free radicals), making them prone to inflammation and the ageing process, altering their DNA.

 Another risk is the loss of water due to heat, sweating and swimming in the sea. Sea water with its high salt content dehydrates the skin: the skin becomes harder, less elastic and opaque.

Many recent discoveries identify in the carotenoids family the best free radicals “scavengers”: alpha, beta and gamma carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin: they can be taken orally or applied to the skin through good organic skin products.

Carrot, cherry, pomegranate and tomato juice are some great examples of best summer skin friends. The other family of naturally-occurring “friends for the skin” are the Essential Fatty Acids, particularly Omega 3 and Omega 6, but not forgetting Omega 9: these all keep the skin moist and soft, reduce damage from UV rays and make the skin glow: a wonder from Nature.

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The key to healthy, calm skin when it’s exposed to the welcome sunshine lies in looking after its natural lipid barrier, so underneath your daily SPF give your skin enough antioxidant protection to help neutralise free radical damage to the skin’s collagen.

Avoid soapy cleansers and harsh exfoliators and keep skin well moisturised and cool all day long. If your skin is very sensitive use a body oil even before the shower during the summer months to reduce stinging as the water hits your skin. Always shower with lukewarm water. Avoid exposure to direct sunshine between 11am and 4pm if you want to prevent skin irritation.

Add to your wash bag my Inlight Daily Face Oil, Body Oil with Arnica, Night Balm and Super-food Face Mask. Don’t go anywhere without them!

Dr Mariano Spiezia

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Tackle the ageing process in style: Inlight Organic Supreme Eye Serum

At Inlight Organic Skincare, we believe that skin ageing is a normal, natural and inevitable process: everything in life follows this change and it is important to face it with positivity and honesty. If we observe the seasonal mutation we can see for example how after the flowers bloom in spring – synonymous with youthful energy- everything starts to decline in autumn, losing colour, vitality and hydration; heading off to winter time where the cycle seems to end.

By better understanding the reason behind the ageing of our skin and its physiology it may seem easier to prevent and treat what appears to be an aesthetic problem – but is not, as it is rooted in the ageing process of the whole body,

Ultimately the main problems as we grow older are dehydrated skin (due to loss of water) reduction of elasticity (due the inability of the fibroblasts to produce enough elastin and collagen), reduction in production of melatonin hence the skin can be more easily damaged by UV rays, and finally reduced production of sebum resulting in dryer skin. All these are endogenous factors, but there are also external and environmental factors such as pollutants, excessive sun exposure and bad habits such as poor physical exercise, junk food, alcohol and smoking.  The sum of all these factors produces a high level of oxidants (free radicals) that damage the DNA/RNA and proteins, resulting in a thicker skin and loss of elasticity.

The eye contour, with its delicate skin, is one of the most vulnerable areas thanks also to the continuous activity of the orbicular muscles as laugh, cry and squint in the sun, creating micro-wrinkles commonly known as crows’ feet. (In Italian these are called “hen’s feet” and I wonder if it is because Italian women are more exposed to the sun, so that we needed a bigger animal than a crow to express it?)

My response to this problem has been the formulation of an extraordinary product for the eye area: Inlight Supreme Eye Serum.

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It took nearly two years of research and trials but in the end I found the perfect point where science and alchemy meet. A wonderful challenge!

I have chosen some of the best oils such as the exotic Argan and Wild cherry seed oil, famous for improving skin elasticity and reducing water loss, by creating a natural hydrolipidic barrier. To deal with the free-radicals I decided to include Spirulina algae and barley extract that both supply chlorophyll with their high anti-oxidant action, bringing life and solar energy into the skin. And finally to help the production of elastin I have added Gotu Kola and Horsetail extracts.

Inlight Supreme Eye Serum targets the most common causes of the skin ageing process, helping to nourish and replenish the skin and slowing down the signs of time.

With Inlight there are ways to extend our springtime! 

Before moisturising, apply one drop once or twice daily onto the area around the eyes, including the eye lids, massaging very gently until absorbed.

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Dr Mariano Spiezia

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Anti-ageing skincare for men

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When we talk about ageing, generally we think that this problem relates only to women…well, men get older too and nowadays there is much greater awareness because of the impact of man’s “image” in society: more and more often this is driven by exterior aspects and communication trends.

 

 It is important to take care of the skin, no matter the aesthetic or health reason behind it, simply because the skin is part of our body and, as a proper “organ”, needs attention.

I have also to underline that there are important differences between women and men’s skin due to the impact of the hormones, oestrogen and testosterone, on its characteristics: mens’ skin is up to 20% thicker and contains more collagen fibres making it more dense and resistant, but has less adipose content resulting in a reduction in softness and suppleness. Men are also more prone to the inflammation of skin follicles and acne. Another difference is the skin’s pH: men’s skin has a value of 4.5 (more acidic because of the higher lactic acid) whilst women 5.8. This preserves mens’ skin from bacteria but make it more prone to irritation and inflammation… without forgetting that when men shave daily they damage the skin’s protective hydrolipidic layer on the face.

All these, combined with the different hormone cycles, mean that in men the ageing signs come later in life but once they start they progress more quickly than in women and the lines appear deeper and more evident.

Maybe men start later in life, generally after 30, using skin care products but whatever the starting age this is an important step to preserve the quality of the skin especially if they live in polluted areas or are exposed to strong weather elements.

Inlight organic skincare can help men to achieve optimum results in preventing both skin inflammation and ageing, supplying the skin with many powerful botanical anti-inflammatory and natural anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, Vitamin E and chlorophyll.

The Inlight Cleanser and Floral Face Tonic are a winning combination when used routinely every evening to cleanse the face from impurities and bacteria and then toning and refreshing it with the lavender and chamomile blended floral waters.

In the morning, choose silky, delicate Inlight Daily Face Oil as your after shave oil, as I do, to moisturise and nurture the skin, ready for another beautiful, successful day.

Dr Mariano Spiezia 

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Bio-lipophilic Matrix®: the heart of all Inlight skincare products

Bio-lipophilic Matrix is the term given to a specific mix of pure vegetable oils (cold pressed and organically certified) that are selected for their fine biochemical affinity on a lipid level with the human skin. Such oils are empowered using special techniques developed by Dr Spiezia, Inlight organic skincare formulator, to give them a unique energy imprinting and a “positive conditioning” as well as a high vibrational charge.Spirale della vita 2

This mix has been developed to give back to the skin the essential natural elements it needs to be nourished and regenerated. It also aids the skin’s biochemical, physiological and immunity process which in turn encourage the skin’s exchanging, absorbing and detoxicating activities.

 

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