Summer is perfect for pool parties, days at the beach, relaxing and vacation, but it is also the perfect time for looking after your skin. Long hours spent in dry, hot, or humid weather can impact your skin in a different way than those colder and darker winter days. Today, I will be sharing my ultimate skincare tips for summer to ensure you are making the best of the sunny days but also take care of your skin while doing so.
7 Ultimate Skincare Tips for Summer
Don’t Forget Sunscreen
If you don’t follow any of my skincare tips, be sure to do this one, wear sunscreen. Shop for sunscreens that provide the following:
- Broad spectrum protection
- An SPF of at least 30
- Lip protection
Not protecting your skin will lead to your skin aging faster and a greater risk of skin cancer. It is vital to wear sunscreen whenever you’re spending time in the sun, even during winter months. Most people tend to spend more time outdoors when it is sunny.
A sunscreen with 15 SPF can lower the risk of developing melanoma by fifty percent and SCC (squamous cell carcinoma) by forty percent. However, during summer months, it is recommended to wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. Be sure to use a sunscreen that offers both UVB and UVA protection, both rays are contributing to skin cancer.
Moisturizing is a Must
The air is not as dry during Summer as the case is during Winter, but your skin is exposed to heat, which means it is still prone to drying out. Be sure to shop for a lighter moisturizer since the heavy ones will feel like it is weighing your face down. Choose one with an SPF for additional protection, but this doesn’t mean you don’t have to wear sunscreen. Sunblock of SPF 30 must be applied every two hours if you’re out in the sun all day. The best moisturizers usually have these qualities:
- SPF 30
Avoid Heavy Makeup
On warmer days, packing on a ton of makeup will not do you any favors. As soon as you start sweating, it will start coming off anyway. Stick to light makeup to match the season. Your skin will be thanking you. Wearing less makeup allows your skin to breathe and avoid clogging pores. Wear makeup with an SPF if possible.
Exfoliating Goes a Long Way
Both sweat and sunscreen can have an effect on your pores, and this is where exfoliation can help. Exfoliation one or twice a week can help with unclogging pores and reducing blemishes, but be careful not to overdo it. Too much exfoliation can leave the skin feeling and looking scaly, tight, and cracked. Also, avoid exfoliating sunburned skin. First wait until the skin is healed before irritating it even further. Opt for a gentle exfoliant and use it at the most twice a week.
Consider Self-Tanning For a Healthy Summer Glow
Instead of burning or opting for tanning, why not use self-tanning lotion to get that sun-kissed healthy glow. You can reapply it until you have obtained the desired color, plus your skin will not be exposed to sun damage.
Protective Clothing and Accessories
There are various accessories and clothing items that you can wear to lower the risk of sunburn. Opt for wide brimmed hats, dark-colored clothing with UV absorbers or woven fabrics, and UV-400 sunglasses to protect your eyes. Hats can go a long way in shielding your eyes and face from the hot sun. Tightly woven fabrics such as loose dark colors and denim offer excellent protection against UV rays.
Wash Your Face – But Not Too Much
We often want to shower constantly or wash our face when it is hot, but it is not actually such a good thing. Our bodies make natural moisturizing components that retain water in the skin. When you keep washing it away, the top layer of your skin might become dehydrated.
Rather stick to one shower a day or after exercise. Use lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser to rinse your face in the mornings and evenings. If you feel yourself sweating profusely, use blotting paper to absorb the excess sweat.
I hope you have found these 7 ultimate skincare tips for Summer useful and that you will keep them in mind to protect your skin against aging and the risk of getting skin cancer when you’re spending long hours in the sun.
Summer is generally a lot sunnier and warmer than winter and your skin has different needs. Always wear sunscreen, wear a light moisturizer, less makeup and exfoliate once or twice a week to keep your skin healthy.
Sending you much love, light, and healthy sunshine vibes.