We all know that when winter rolls around, there are certain skin care tips to follow to keep your skin healthy and beautiful. Winter often leaves our skin dry and dull, which is why we work hard to care for our skin when the weather gets colder. But what about summer? Warm weather brings with it a slew of skin-care issues and questions, such as “Do I really need to moisturise if it’s 100 degrees outside and my face feels oily?” Fortunately, the experts know exactly how to take on summer head-on. Consider this your go-to guide to glowing skin during the season.
Why should your skin wear a winter coat if you aren’t? Because of the heat and humidity of summer, you can use a mild, foaming cleanser instead of a heavier cleanser (think cream or oil cleanser).
During the summer, switch to a combination moisturiser and sunscreen to help lighten things up. Thicker moisturisers, on the other hand, can cause clogged pores, inflammation, and acne. Losing one skin-care step with a combination moisturizer/SPF can help keep skin clear, especially if you have acne-prone or oily skin.
That extra layer of sweat on your face is not a moisturiser. Even if your skin is not oily, you should still use a moisturiser after cleansing.
Moisturizers restore the stratum corneum, the skin’s outermost layer, which protects against harmful pollutants and chemicals while also preventing irritation and dryness. This is where that combination moisturizer/SPF comes in: A lightweight texture will help keep that outer layer nourished without feeling too heavy on your skin.
Vitamin C is great year-round, but all the more important in the summer,” says Ibrahim. Vitamin C helps prevent hyperpigmentation, improve the appearance of fine lines, and can help with collagen production. Layer a few drops on your skin between cleansing and moisturizer.
Dermatologists also warn us not to over-exfoliate, but summer is the perfect time to do just that. Incorporate “more exfoliation” into your skin-care routine if you have oily skin. That doesn’t mean you should exfoliate every day with all of your favourite acids, but gradually increase the number of days you exfoliate per week. Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) pads open up blocked pores and remove oils that result in acne, plus they feel nice and soothing on stressed-out summer skin.
Between workouts, and plain old summer sweat, many of us shower more than once a day during the summer. Keep showers short, around four to five minutes. Over-showering, or showering in water that is too hot, can lead to over-drying your skin, leading to inflammation and even summertime eczema.
Examine your makeup product labels carefully and keep only those that are non-comedogenic. This is a fancy term for a product that doesn’t contain pore-clogging ingredients. Wear makeup that won’t obstruct your skin, especially in the summer. A powder sunscreen, an oil-free primer, or a light foundation are examples of such products.
In the sun, all of our professionals advise their patients to wear sun-protective clothes, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses. We don’t expect you to wear a long-sleeve shirt all of the time on the field, but try to expose as little of your body to direct sunlight as possible. That might mean going under an umbrella, wearing an extra-large hat, or staying out of the sun during the midday hours.
Hydration is important for our skin all year, but it is especially important in the summer. Aim for eight glasses of water per day, which will benefit your skin tremendously. Sunburns can also be helped by hydration, but we know you’re all too smart to get them in the first place.
We saved the most important, fundamental, don’t-leave-home-without-it tip for last: Wear sunscreen. All exposed skin should be protected with a wide spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, according to our experts. Hands, feet, ears, and lips should all be considered. It’s also worth noting that sunscreen needs to be reapplied every couple of hours, so bring extra sunscreen with you if you plan on spending longer summer days outdoors. Setting an alarm on your phone to remind you to reapply is a good idea.
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