Throughout the year our skin has different needs, and when we enter into a new season, it’s a good time to change up our routine. Summer is a particularly tricky season for your complexion, as along with the sun’s damaging UV rays you have air con and fans which can quickly dry it out. Plus you’re probably in and out of pools and the ocean too, which can further dry and irritate it. If you come back from every vacation or day trip with skin that feels tight, flaky and uncomfortable, you could well be doing yourself some lasting damage. Here’s how you can care for your complexion over the warmer months.
The sun’s rays are damaging all year round, even when it’s not sunny. However, when the sun is out, it’s something to be more cautious of, since sunburn can hugely increase your risk of cancer along with premature aging too. If you’ve already got signs of aging there are lots of options for making the skin look more youthful again, you can read more about it online. However prevention is better than cure, so do what you can to prevent wrinkles in the first place. Go with the highest sun protection factor you can find, many brands now sell factor fifty so take advantage especially on your delicate facial skin, shoulders, and neck. Don’t forget a lip balm which contains SPF too. These lose more moisture than anywhere else on the body, making them prone to drying out especially in hot weather.
Shade Your Eyes and Face
As well as SPF, you can physically shade your face with a big floppy sun hat and oversized sunglasses. You’ll also look very chic and glam which is no bad thing! Because the skin around the eyes is so delicate it can dry out and become damaged so easily. So do your best to protect it if you want to maintain a youthful appearance! Lying out in the sun might give you a sun tan which looks nice for a couple of weeks- but it’s so not worth it for the lasting damage. Wrinkles, age spots and cancers can all come about due to prolonged lying in the sun. For a golden glow, use a false tanning product or even a body bronzer instead.
Great skin is a result of caring for the outside as well as nourishing from within too. Dehydration is quick to show in your skin, and it’s easy to become dehydrated when the weather is warm. Make sure you’re gulping enough water, you can also eat fruits and vegetables with a high water content. Perfect for giving you a dose of nutrients too!
Use The Right Products
Your morning skincare routine should consist of a light, easily absorbed moisturizer. This will sit nicely under makeup and won’t weigh down the skin or make it feel greasy. In the evening you can use something more heavy duty, an oil and a rich moisturizer to hydrate and replenish after a day outside. Use a gentle exfoliator when you wash your face to remove dead skin cells and treat your complexion to a weekly face mask to replenish moisture and goodness.