Every season has its perks and challenges for our skin. However, when it comes to summer we must double the effort to protect our skin.
Each summer brings humidity, heat, and many different kinds of risks to our skin. Because of this, it is highly important that we take certain skincare steps that will protect our skin.
Let’s take a look at these essential skincare tips that everyone should follow this summer.
Sunscreen is a must
Beginning with an absolute must – a sunscreen. Even though the experts recommend the use of sunscreen every day all year round, our skin is most vulnerable during the summer months when the sun’s UV rays are especially harmful.
This is why it’s highly important to use sunscreen regularly without exceptions. When buying a sunscreen make sure it has UVA and UVB protection products in it, and when it comes to sun protection factors (SPF), they should be between 30 and 70 but never lower.
Additionally, never use the last year’s leftover sunscreens. They have an expiration date and using an expired one won’t protect your skin in any way.
Sunscreen should be reapplied every 1-2 hours if you are in the sun and if you want your skin to be protected all day long.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Hydration during the summer months is essential. The scorching heat doesn’t do our skin any favors and this is why we need to help it any way we can. From drinking at least ten glasses of water a day to investing in light summer lotions and hydrating masks – anything that will reduce the dryness of our skin during summer days.
Moreover, if by any chance, you’ve been exposed to the sun and you’ve got a sunburn, hydration can help your skin recover faster.
During summer, wherever you go, make sure you have a bottle of water with you and sip it throughout the day because by the time you’re thirsty you’ve already lost a lot of water.
Another way to hydrate your skin during summer days is by investing in an antioxidant serum. Antioxidant serums also have other benefits for our skin. They protect our skin from environmental and UV damage and they boost collagen production among other things.
If your not sure which serum is appropriate for your skin, google the best dermatologist near me and schedule an appointment. A dermatologist will be able to tell you which antioxidant serum is ideal for your type of skin.
Adding antioxidants to your diet is another way of including them into your skin-care routine. Foods such as leek, onion, and garlic are full of allium sulfur compounds which are great antioxidants. Similarly, beta-carotene found in pumpkin, carrots, apricots, mangoes, and so on, is an antioxidant.
Summer = less makeup
It’s no secret that makeup clogs our skin pores and during summer humidity and heat only add on to all that completely preventing our skin from breathing. This is why during summer months it’s essential to allow our skin to breathe and going light on makeup is highly recommended.
If you don’t think you’ll be able to reduce makeup use during summer, at least make sure that the makeup you use is non-comedogenic. This means that makeup ingredients in this kind of makeup don’t clog up pores allowing your skin to breathe.
Skin exfoliation is a regular part of any skin-care routine. However, during summer exfoliation should be more consistent and even a bit more frequent. Why you may be wondering. Well, during summer we tend to use more sunscreen and our skin becomes more oily. We need to scrape away all that sunscreen and oil that accumulates on our skin.
This doesn’t mean that you should start exfoliating every day and make your skin red and dry. Just try slowly increasing the use of exfoliants over the week.
Cleanser, toner, and moisturizer
The transition from winter to summer means that you may have to change some of your skin-care products. In winter we tend to wash our faces with a bit more nourishing and ticker cleansers, which is not the case in summer. In summer our skin requires something lighter that will draw out the excess oils from our skin.
Similarly, toners and moisturizers should also be updated for summer. A good toner will keep your skin oil-free and clean. And moisturizers should be lightweight and not greasy.
As you can see, the key for summer skin-care is to go lighter and to keep your skin protected and oil-free. If you decide to follow all the above-mentioned tips, we guarantee you that your skin will be glowing this summer.
Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays and don’t forget to drink enough water!