With the season of beaches, bikinis, and bliss coming upon us, it’s easy to forget the small (but important!) things like taking care of our skin. Just like our closets, with the changing seasons, it’s imperative that you change up your skincare routine as well. Here are 4 tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing all summer long!
To combat sun damage
This is number one on the list because sunscreen should be applied daily regardless of season—sun damage is real! UV rays, which are harmful to your skin, have higher exposure levels in the summer. Thus, it’s important not only to apply sunscreen before stepping out but remember to reapply throughout the day for maximum coverage (the recommended duration between application and reapplication is 2 hours).
When purchasing sunscreen, choose one that’s at least the recommended minimum of SPF 30. There are different types catered to different skin conditions such as gel-based sunscreen for oily skin and extra emollient formulas such as sunscreen moisturiser for dry skin. For sunscreen that works on all skin types, choose one with chemical-free formulas with zinc oxide—they don’t cause breakouts and feel lightweight on the skin!
By consistently applying sunscreen, you’ll be able to reduce sun spots, dry skin, and even fine lines. Remember, if you go swimming or running, reapply sunscreen immediately after.
To treat over-exposed skin
With the beach being the preferred haunt of many during the summer, the risk of overexposing your skin and ending up with sunburn (or at least irritated skin) is almost inevitable. With this problem comes the indispensable product to save your skin: aloe vera! Used as a soothing balm, it’s anti-inflammatory and moisturising, so it actually calms your skin while nourishing it at the same time. Aloe vera, as well as other cooling balms and products on the market, will help prevent peeling as well as redness and inflammation.
Another way to calm heat-induced redness in the skin is by using face masks. Gel masks, in particular, can reduce redness and sensitivity by temporarily lowering the skin’s temperature. In order to maximise its cooling effects, it’s recommended to put your gel mask in the fridge at least 30 minutes before application.
Remember: sunburn doubles your risk of melanoma, so remember to be extra careful and look out for the signs of carcinomas and malignant melanoma, which is cancerous. To prevent getting sunburned in the first place, remember to constantly reapply your sunscreen and try to stay out of the sun when it’s the strongest.
To treat sun spots
With both the heat and the sun triggering the skin to produce more melanin, you may notice an increase in the number of brown spots appearing on your skin. This is due to UV-induced photodamage. The best way to combat this? Vitamin C. Both a skin lightening product (in the form of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) as well as an extra layer of protection, vitamin C is an essential product to add to your summer skincare routine. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a proven suppressor of pigment cells—not only that,but when used under SPF, it increases sun protection levels!
Tip: Don’t purchase Vitamin C products in exposed jars or glasses, as routine exposure to air and light will break it down.
To prevent (and treat) clogged pores
With increased temperatures and humidity during the summer season, our body tends to produce more sweat. This leads to increased oil production, which may result in clogged pores. Due to this, it’s suggested that you swap your heavier cream-based moisturisers with light gel-based moisturisers in order to provide your skin the moisture your skin needs without clogging your pores. For those prone to clogged pores, choose a moisturiser with zinc oxide, as it doesn’t clog your pores.
To treat clogged pores and remove the dead skin from your face, remember to exfoliate! This is important because leaving dead skin cells on your face can cause them to clog your pores, and it also leaves your skin looking dull. Choose gentle exfoliators such as those with salt and sugar, and avoid products with harsh ingredients like microbeads and shells.
While exfoliation is key, try to limit it to two times a week at most. Be careful not to over-exfoliate, as it will break down the skin barrier and leave you more prone to sunburn. It may be a good idea to exfoliate before heading out—apparently, makeup applies better on an exfoliated face!
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