We’ve already discussed the damaging effects of UVA/UVB rays and recommended a lightweight moisturiser to integrate into your summer skincare regime, so it’s now time to share our top summer skincare tips.
Read on to discover the best ways to keep your skin hydrated and healthy when the sun is shining and the humidity is rising.
Tip 1: Apply SPF
Lets start with the basic, most important principle of any summer skincare regime – a good SPF is vital to protect your skin. It’s time to ditch the sun cream which has been lingering at the back of your cupboard for the last year and purchase a new one, as they aren’t designed to last forever.
Tip 2: Introduce Vitamin C
Did you know, Vitamin C is responsible for supporting skin tissue and producing healthy collagen, which aids a healthier, firmer and stronger complexion?
Sourced from oranges, grapefruits and lemons, to name a few, this vitamin can either be consumed or topically applied to brighten and increase general skin health.
Tip 3: Adapt your regime to match your skin
Just like a change in the weather conditions can impact the state of your skin, other internal and external factors can also adjust your pH balance, which can result in an increase in breakouts, dryness and sensitivity, to name a few skin concerns.
A skincare tip that we frequently recommend is to keep an eye on your skin throughout the year and adjust your regime to reflect its current traits.
The easiest way to do this is to keep the bathroom cabinet filled with some of your favourite targeted solutions for your primary and secondary skin concerns.
Tip 4: Keep cool with a face mist
Not only are face mists great for binding cream and powder make-up products together, they’re also ideal for cooling down and quenching dry skin.
Tip 5: Maintain a good diet
Although cliché, it is extremely important to look after your body internally to achieve healthy summer skin.
Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables helps to provide your skin with a selection of essential vitamins, while drinking lots of water when the weather is hot will help to keep body temperatures as low as possible.
Tip 6: Spend less time in the shower
Hot water can strip natural oils from the skin, so when skin is prone to dryness, it is even more important to keep the time spent in the shower to a minimum.
We recommend jumping in for five minutes each day to freshen up and avoid increased dryness.
Tip 7: Avoid air conditioning
It might well be a modern-day saviour, especially when the humidity peaks, but as air conditioning is designed to remove moisture from the air, it can have the same impact upon your skin.
Our advice? If you can’t brave the hot office without one, just make sure the skin is properly quenched with a hydrating moisturiser before leaving the house in the morning.
Tip 8: Protect your scalp
We’re forever reminded of the importance of protecting our skin against ultraviolet light, but it often slips our attention to protect our scalp from the sun.
The easiest and quickest way to do this is by wearing a hat, and with plenty of stylish options on the market, you’re sure to find the perfect choice for your next beach break.
Tip 9: Try the dry brushing technique
It’s just as important to keep the body exfoliated throughout the summer months as it is to look after your facial skin.
We recommend the dry brushing technique, which helps to resurface dead skin cells and speed up cell regeneration, improving circulation and in turn, reducing cellulite.