29 Apr 2021
Finding the perfect beach rental, swimwear and airfare are key to an awesome vacation to Akumal but properly prepping your skin is essential to avoid sun damage and sunburns. Locogringo talked with Dr. Didier Rodriguez Gil M.D. in Playa del Carmen to bring you important recommendations to take in mind prior to exposing your skin to the sun. A graduate from the University of Cristobal Colon with a master's in anti-aging and regenerative medicine, and an active member of the RCG-CB Cells Society of Medicine and the Xtabay Clinic, Dr. Didier shared these important tips before and during any time spent under the sun.
Yes, it sounds redundant but Dr. Didier mentions that the number of people that show up at his office with severe sun damage would be significantly smaller had they applied sunscreen. He recommends 50 SPF when visiting Riviera Maya and encourages users to research which formula is best for their individual skin type. There's a wide variety of options from dry-touch for dry skin or more sensitive formulas for combination skins that provide good protection and will still allow you to get a healthy glow.
Compliment with Vital Nutrients
It is important to incorporate a healthy diet with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for better-looking skin. Zinc, for example, increments skin resistance, and tolerance to the sun and is usually found in most sunscreens but can also be taken orally. Other important nutrients to include in one's regimen are vitamin E and the dietary supplement Resveratrol.
Avoid Topical Vitamin C
Vitamin C has become a popular ingredient in today's most popular beauty products. It promotes the production of collagen, thickens the skin, diminishes fine lines, and promotes more youthful-looking skin. That said, topical creams, serums, and lotions may lead to unwanted skin pigmentation when exposed to the sun. Refrain from using daytime products that include vitamin C a week prior to your beach getaway to avoid any stains. Night-time applications of Vitamin C can still be used just be sure to wash your face and apply sunscreen before sun exposure.
Mechanical Sun Protection
Hats, palm trees, palapas, and all forms of physical shades ensure a healthy skin regimen. Besides avoiding direct exposure to harmful sunrays these mechanical protections help maintain the body's core temperature from overheating and avoid heatstroke.
Apply Aftersun Treatments
Once the skin has been overexposed to the sun it is important to use a topical solution to soothe and regenerate the skin. Wash skin after being in the sun to remove sunscreen and dirt before applying after-sun treatments. Aloe vera gels and lotions are a great way to maintain skin moisturized and extend that sun-kissed look. Solarcaine is the way to go for more severe and painful sunburns.
Stay Hydrated and Easy on the Booze
Despite refreshing dips in the ocean or by the pool remember to drink plenty of water during the day to avoid dehydration and heatstroke. The warm rays and tropical heat may encourage you to drink more margaritas but the ice in your cocktail is not enough to keep your body properly hydrated.
Want more information on how to get in touch with Dr. Didier and get ready for your upcoming trip to Riviera Maya? Contact Locogringo and we'll be happy to provide you with additional information, specials and amazing vacation rentals for your next trip with us.