Every year, summers take a toll on the skin. The scorching heat, pollution & humidity, wipe off the natural glow, and sometimes, invites infections.
Too much sun is bad for your skin. Not only can you get tanned (which is not always a bad thing) but overexposure to sun rays can cause premature aging of skin too. Our skin contains a pigment called melanin and too much exposure to the sun causes more melanin to be produced. This is why a prolonged stay under the direct sun can cause a change in your skin color or even tanning.
Here's a holistic list of summer skin care tips that would help all skin types.
SUMMER SKINCARE TIP #1: Cleanse twice a day
When the air is hot and humid, your skin may be extra oily. And let’s be honest, you also may find that you sweat more during the summer compared to other seasons. If this is the case, you certainly won’t want to let all the excess oil and sweat linger on your skin day after day. So, the best skincare regime to help keep summer skin matte, yet moisturized, should include cleansing twice daily with foaming, mild facial cleanser.
SUMMER SKINCARE TIP #2: Exfoliate your body.
The ground rule of basic skincare is to exfoliate your skin. Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don't get rid of them, they'll just set in on your skin making you look dull and dry. No matter how much lotion you use, you're never going to have glowing skin if you don't exfoliate. Grab a body scrub and hit the shower.
Gently rub your exfoliator in circular movements on your entire body from the shoulders down and rinse clean. Continue to do these 2 times a week for year-round beautiful skin.
SUMMER SKINCARE TIP #3: Lighten up your skin-care routine.
If you're not wearing a winter coat, why should your skin? In the summer, the skin-care routine may need to be a little more lightweight. The heat and humidity of summer mean you can swap out a heavier cleanser (think cream or oil cleanser) in favor of a gentle, foaming option.
SUMMER SKINCARE TIP #4: Go for minimal make-up
During summers less make-up is best. Under the intolerant sun, natural looks are best. If you intend to use foundation then also apply face powder with SPF to avoid patchy skin. To protect your lips always use a gloss or a lip balm with an SPF of 15 to make your lips fresher. Eye make is something which should be very much avoided in summers.
SUMMER SKINCARE TIP #5: Adopt a dual-purpose moisturizer.
To help lighten things up, switch to a combination of moisturizer and sunscreen during the summer. A lightweight moisturizer with SPF of 30 or higher may be plenty for most people. In fact, thicker moisturizers can lead to clogged pores, inflammation, and acne.
SUMMER SKINCARE TIP #6: But don’t stop moisturizing completely.
That extra layer of sweat on your face does not count as a moisturizer. Despite the weather being hot and humid, you still need to moisturize, even if your skin already feels oily, you should always follow cleansing with a moisturizer.
SUMMER SKINCARE TIP #7: Invest in a solid vitamin C serum.
Vitamin C helps prevent hyperpigmentation, improves the appearance of fine lines, and can help with collagen production. Layer a few drops on your skin between cleansing and moisturizer.
SUMMER SKINCARE TIP #8: Don't forget to hydrate.
Hydration is always important for our skin, but even more so in the summer. Aim for eight glasses of water a day, which will have "great results" when it comes to your skin. Hydration can also help skin recover after a sunburn.
SUMMER SKINCARE TIP #9: SPF, SPF, SPF.
We saved the most important, fundamental, don't-leave-home-without-it tip for last: Wear sunscreen. It is also important to note that sunscreen needs to be reapplied every couple of hours, so make sure to pack extra sunscreen for long summer days outdoors.
SUMMER SKINCARE TIP #10: Bond over beauty
It’s always a nice idea to bond over beauty with your friends and family. Book a spa day or indulge in summer retreats by Hello Kitty Beauty Spa with your daughter. A little relaxation and pampering are always good for not only your skin but also for mental health.