Different seasons present different dangers when you want to protect your skin and keep it looking healthy and young. The good news is that with a bit of forward planning and the right toolkit, you can do a lot to protect your skin from even the harshest conditions.
The Summer months can both dry your skin and increase oil production, and there’s a constant need to protect your skin from the harmful and ageing effects of the sun. Sun protection is a must but there are other ways you can protect your skin from damage. Here are some of the ways you can prepare and protect your skin for Summer.
A good skincare routine can help your skin look its best
A good skincare regimen can keep your skin clean and fresh.
If you haven’t already got a skincare regimen then now’s the best time to introduce one into your day. Summer months are a heady mix of sunshine, sun protection, sweating skin and dust and dirt.
Making sure you prepare your skin every morning and cleanse and rest it every evening is an important part of taking care of your appearance and protecting yourself from your environment. Start simple with makeup removal, cleansing and moisturising. You might add specific treatment products to address your concerns once your routine is established.
Keep your skin hydrated, preferably with SPF
Although you may find your skin produces more oil in warmer weather, sun and wind in Summer can be very drying on your skin. Add in the swimming, showering and bathing you will do on top of that and it’s easy to see why your skin could dry out.
Many people move from a heavier moisturiser in Winter to a lighter one in Summer. Whichever kind of moisturiser is best suited to your skin, try and make sure your day moisturiser contains an SPF to protect your skin from the sun. Moisturising at least twice a day will help to protect your skin from the drying impact of Summer.
Protect your skin from the sun
With the sun at its peak strength during the Summer months, even the cloudiest days could be damaging to your skin. Experts recommend using sunscreen as an essential part of every Summer wardrobe. Make sure your facial moisturiser has an SPF in it and use a minimum of SPF30 on the rest of your body during the Summer months.
You can also protect your skin by avoiding the sun, particularly during the hottest part of the day. Try hugging the shade and moving your enjoyment of the sun to the morning or late afternoon when it isn’t quite as strong. You can also protect your skin from the sun with hats, summer scarves, and clothing made from fabric that has sun protection built in.
Increase your water intake as the temperature rises
As the temperature increases so does the amount of sweat that our bodies produce to try to keep us cool. That means that if you want to maintain the benefits that come from being well hydrated it’s important to increase your water intake to compensate.
Increasing your water consumption during Summer can help your body to stay cool and hydrated.
If you’ve never been good at getting enough water then now’s a good time to focus on achieving your goals. Water in Summer can help you to stay cool and hydrated, as well as providing a range of benefits to support your skin health and your overall wellbeing.
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, usually with a rough or granular substance or tool. It may have been recommended to you as a way to keep your skin looking youthful and smooth, and it can also help to keep your pores clear and unblocked.
Exfoliation is recommended in Summer because in heat your skin produces more oil which can cause pores to block. The build up of oil on your skin can also attract dirt which can make it harder to maintain a clean and clear complexion. Regular exfoliation can support your skin looking its best in Summer by regularly cleaning the surface of your skin of dead skin cells, dirt and sweat.
As the temperature goes up, bring your makeup levels down
Happy Summer skin rarely needs large amounts of makeup, and the long sunny days are the perfect time to put your heavy makeup aside and enjoy a more natural look. Heavy makeup often has trouble staying on your skin in the heat of a Summer day. Makeup can also clog your pores and make it harder to maintain a great look in warmer temperatures.
Try a light tinted moisturiser with SPF for a more natural coverage that’s better suited to the warmer Summer months. Explore online for great tips and tricks on Summer makeup that will last. Articles like this one from Allure.com give some good suggestions about how to create a great Summer makeup look with products that can handle the heat.
Reducing makeup provides an easy to maintain beach-ready look.
Is your skin ready for Summer?
With Summer just around the corner, now’s a great time to focus on looking after your skin so you can get the most out of the warm months ahead. Use the tips in this article and keep your skin clean, moisturised and protected from the sun. The right preparation should help you to look your best no matter how hot it gets outside.
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