When the weather is warm, it’s much harder to excuse not getting outdoors. In the warmer months, it can be the perfect time to be active, or work on your fitness. With that however needs to come awareness for your skin; specifically protecting it. Speaking as a former ‘tanner’, I fully believe in always protecting your skin and wearing SPF, even year round but especially in summer. It doesn’t mean you have to hide indoors, (unless you want to, of course). It just means you stay safe.Try these simple summer skincare tips to stay healthy, active and practicing safe sun.
Wearing SPF is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your skin in summer. Since it can expire, never just use last year’s product, go out and buy it new. Go with a high protection factor, and apply it thoroughly fifteen minutes before going outside. This is how long it takes to absorb and start working. If you hate the idea of applying such a thick and heavy product to your face, there are SPFs designed for facial skin. These absorb nicely without clogging pores and leaving your skin shiny. Don’t forget a lip balm containing SPF too. They lose moisture more quickly than anywhere else on the body, making them prone to drying out when it’s warm outside.
Use The Right Products
As well as SPF, the rest of your routine needs to be up to scratch to keep your skin nourished and hydrated. A day and night cream and a good oil or serum will keep it at its best. Face serums with hyaluronic acid have been shown to be effective, they’re intensely hydrating so perfect for the summer- plus they can help with fine lines too. When you wash your face, use a gentle exfoliator to remove dead skin and leave your complexion looking smooth and vibrant.
Shade Your Face and Body
Along with a good sun protection cream, you should aim to shade yourself as much as possible. Your face should be shaded with sunglasses and a hat, and during very hot periods it’s worth covering up with light, long layers if you’re going to be outside. The neck, chest and shoulders are particularly prone to burning so wear a lightweight summer tunic or kimono to cover these delicate areas. Look for shady areas to sit during the hottest part of the day. There are few things more painful than a sunburn, and it can make you miserable for the entire time it’s healing. So protect against it as best you possibly can.
Eat Right and Stay Hydrated
For great skin you need to look after it on the inside as well as the outside. Eating the right foods, plenty of fresh produce, whole grains and lean protein, as well as lots of water will keep it clear and supple. Dehydration shows quickly in the skin, and drier skin is more likely to become damaged. So ensure you’re gulping enough water and are hydrated enough throughout the entire day. I’ve learned what a difference this can really make.
Do you take additional steps to look after your skin over the hottest months?