Summer Skincare Top Tips
With warmer weather comes the time to switch over to your Summer wardrobe. However, when temperatures rise, you need to change up your skincare routine to match your summer skin needs. Cleansing, toning and moisturising are still key, but you also need to help keep your skin cool and calm, as well as be protected from harmful UV rays.
1. Don’t skip your moisturiser
Even though you may feel too hot and sweaty to need a moisturiser, they are actually more important than ever as they help to balance the skin layers, reducing irritation and protect the skin from external aggressors and pollutants. If your cream feels too heavy, try changing to a lighter formula with SPF built in to give an extra level of protection without feeling weighed down.
2. Add a Vitamin C Serum to your skincare routine
Vitamin C is great to use all year round, but using in summer helps to prevent pigmentation as well as boost collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Keep your skincare in the fridge
Leaving your cleanser and toner in the fridge will provide a soothing and cooling effect, reducing irritation and sensitive skin. Plus if you have been in the sun a little too long, using a product rich in Aloe Vera will help ease burnt and tender skin. Invest in an AHA or enzymatic exfoliator to gently buff away dead cell build-up and grime; avoid exfoliators with granules as this can irritate already sensitive skin.
4. Increase your water intake
Sunbathing, air conditioning and sweating out additional water can really dry out your skin, so always try and increase your water intake (8 glasses a day is optimal) during the warmer months. This will help you feel clearer and more awake, as well as allow your skin to retain more hydration meaning less dry skin and breakouts.
5. Stay in the shade and wear SPF!
Probably the most important tip to keep your skin healthy and to avoid premature ageing is to reduce sun exposure when possible, and if you are enjoying the sunshine always wear sun-screen. Try and top up your protection hourly to avoid damage from UV rays, your skin will thank you later! Don’t forget to cover those easy to miss areas like your neck, lips, ears, hands and feet. Your neck and hands tend to show age damage most as you get older, so keep them protected.