So you have survived the winter dryness and the changing of the seasons, finally, summer is here. Sun, sea and sand is your skin ready for it? Just upping your sunscreen dosage will not do the trick, you have to go through several steps of getting your skin ready for the warm summer months.
So let’s start with some essential steps.
Out with the old, in with the fresh
Exfoliating is an essential step in any skincare routine. It is time to get rid of the dull, dry cold weather skin and start getting the impeccable summer glow. Just be careful not to overdo it, you still need your skin in great shape to protect you from those dangerous UV rays. Exfoliating twice a week should be enough to keep your skin in great shape. You are now ready for the next step in the summer skincare process.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
As you know we all get quite thirsty during the summer heat, well so does our skin. Drinking a lot of water won’t cut it, we need to get that moisture using other means as well. Make sure you buy quality hydration products like the ones offered by reliable brands such as Swisse, you can opt for argan facial oils or a vitamin E facial moisturiser. It is important to hydrate your skin daily, providing it with the much-needed moisture as to avoid flaking and extreme dryness. Summer tan is great, but you have to make sure your skin stays healthy in the process.
Apply and reapply, you can never have enough sunscreen. Your skin needs a lot of protection during the summer months, strong UV rays and a lot of exposure over a long period of time. Not to mention the amount of water exposure, from constant showers to bathing in the sea or ocean. In addition, make sure your face gets double the dosage as it will be the most exposed area of your body. You can even opt for a mixture of sunscreen and moisturiser as to provide your skin with optimal protection and hydration.
If you haven’t yet obtained that ideal summer glow, you might elicit help from a wash-off self-tanner. This is a great option for providing your skin with that extra glow without committing to a long lasting tan. So get your bronze on.
Get some lip action
Don’t forget to protect your lips from the summer air and sun. They can get quite dry and start cracking. A great option would be opting for a SPF lip balm that will provide you with both moisture and protection. Apply it regularly and make sure you always have one on you, it might be the single most important thing for your lips this summer.
Mind your food
What you eat is as important for your skin as what you put on it. Summer is a great time to get those vitamins in from fresh fruits and vegetables. Make sure you have a cantaloupe rich diet, this great tasting fruit is also rich in antioxidants and it can deliver unique hydration to the skin, leaving you with a radiant complexion. Another great option is introducing watermelon into your summer diet, since it is full of antioxidants such as lycopene and also vitamin C and A it can help slow down the signs of ageing brought on by the summer sun rays.
So, there you have it, with just a few steps you will have great skin throughout the summer months. Don’t be lazy, keep up with your summer skin care regimen and you will maintain that healthy glow till fall.