Summer’s here, so take out your summer dresses, take some days off and go enjoy the warm weather and sun. After that long and harsh winter, we can’t wait to get our feet wet and a nice and healthy tan. A few days ago we presented you the essential beauty products for this summer and today it’s time we discussed skincare. Summer requires us to take greater care of our skin, as does winter, but the issues our skin faces during the summer are not the same it faces during the cold season. Here are 10 summer skincare tips to get that fresh and dewy look that takes the best vacation pictures.
The oilier your skin, the more you need to exfoliate. If your skin is dry, you should do it 1-2 times a week, but if you have oily skin, then you should exfoliate 2-3 times a week. In the summer, people’s skin tends to be a bit oilier and that is why exfoliation is something that we all should do. It helps rejuvenate the skin, make it smoother and brighter.
9. Include Antioxidants in Your Diet and Skincare
Antioxidants shouldn’t only be found in your diet, but also your skincare. Find a skincare product with powerful antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E and green tea. For your diet, you should eat as many green leafy vegetables as you can and also plenty of blueberries and blackberries. The darker the food you’re eating, the more antioxidants it has, the better they are for you.
8. Cool Your Skin
If your skin is feeling hot and you’re not sick, then maybe you should cool it down. Try having a colder shower and then treat yourself with a body mask. Blend a small cucumber, five tablespoons of cold yoghurt and a couple of ice cubes and apply to your body and face while you’re in the shower. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes and then rinse.
7. Quit Carbonated Drinks
Carbonated drinks aren’t only bad for your health, due to the high content of sugar, but they’re also bad for your skin. If you’re feeling hot, then why not cool down with some water or fresh fruit juices? Also, on hot days, try to minimize your intake of alcohol and caffeine as they are diuretics and will dehydrate you.
6. Don’t Forget about Your Eyes and Lips
Your lips and eyes are easy to be overlooked when it comes to sun protection and even moisturizing. The sun is a killer, you need to remember this and aside from that, it also causes the skin to wrinkle, especially the one around your eyes. Keep it hydrated with light eye creams and use lip balm that has SPF in it.
5. Switch to a Summer Moisturizer
When it comes to summer skincare tips, this one is really good. You should really use two types of moisturizers: a winter one, which is thick and nourishing and a light moisturizer for the summer. Don’t skip face cream, even if the sun is scorching hot! We recommend you use a water-based face and body cream during the summer.
4. Switch to a Healthy Tan
The sun is bad for your skin and you shouldn’t expose yourself in the direct light of the sun even if you have sun protection on. But if you do want a tan, why not get a fake one. These days, the products are getting amazingly awesome, such as the The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil which doesn’t leave your skin oily or orange. If you don’t want a tan, you could get a tinted moisturizer for your face, to give you a light summery glow .
3. Stay Hydrated
We can’t stress it enough! In the summer we lose a lot of water and electrolytes through our sweat and we need to hydrate our bodies as well as we can to avoid dehydration but also the appearance of wrinkles. Drinking lots of water will also plump up your skin!
2. Cleanse Your Face
You should cleanse your face at least once a day, even if you’re not wearing any make up. In the summer we sweat and the dust and pollution sticks to our sweaty faces. If we don’t cleanse our skin, then our pores will get clogged, pimples will appear and we’ll get that grey color in our faces that is so hard to get rid of. A great cleanser/exfoliator is glycolic acid.
1. Use Sunscreen… Everywhere
Using sunscreen should not be optional. Put it on 30 minutes before you leave the house and try not to do that between 11am and 4pm whenever possible. If you’ve been in the sun for a few hours, apply again and don’t forget the hands and feet, especially if you’re wearing open-toes shoes or sandals.
Are you going to follow any of these summer skincare tips? Do you have more tips you would like to share with us? Drop us a line in the comment section below, we’d love to hear from you!