For many of us, summer means sunglasses, shorts and bronzed skin. But, with warm weather comes consequences. If you are a lover of the sun, it’s important to note that there are some key tips in order to make sure your skin is in the best condition it can be throughout the hotter months. If you’re not sure how to take care of your skin in summer, read these tips and get your checklist at the ready. How To Take Care Of Your Summer Skin
Research your sun cream
Sun cream comes in a variety of forms so it’s important to establish the type of sun cream you should be wearing. Some sun creams are better for sensitive skin whilst others are beneficial for providing a chemical barrier and absorbing ultraviolet rays. In addition, SPF stands for ‘sun protection factor’ and determines how long you should stay in the sun for before reapplying. If sunscreens trigger sensitivities, breakouts and other skin problems for you, switch from chemical sunscreens to mineral sunblocks (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) to see if this improves things for you.
Rinse your skin after swimming
This is especially important whilst on holiday because chlorine can dry out the skin and can even cause an allergic reaction. It is essential you take care of your skin, especially during the summertime when UV levels can wreak havoc on exposed skin. While those killer rays may feel sensational against the glorious swimming pool water, the effects of sun exposure may not be as agreeable over time. Rinsing after swimming is key to avoid redness, itchiness and burning skin.
Exfoliate your skin
Your body sheds dead skin at an alarming rate every minute of every day, so it’s crucial to exfoliate your skin regularly. Not exfoliating your skin will leave the dead skin sitting on your body and looking dull and dry. To avoid this, exfoliate in circular motions when you’re in the shower and rinse with warm water. Continue to do this for 2-3 times a week for year-round beautiful skin. In addition, for amazing results, use our Ultra-Smooth Sea Polish, which targets pigmentation and enhances firmness around the skin area. It will leave your skin feeling refreshed and smooth over the course of each application.
Hydrate your body with lotion
Gone are those winter days of using thick moisturisers on your skin. You don’t have the time to wait and let it sink in (especially when the sun is hot) so opt for lighter lotions for a more refreshing feel. Moisturising goes hand in hand with exfoliating so frequent use of both will help to maintain soft and fresh skin during the hotter months. Make sure you apply right after you dry off from your shower. You need to seal in the moisture your body just soaked in. An excellent choice of moisturiser would be our Revitalize Marine Body Serum, which restores the skin’s appearance and leaves it feeling smooth, supple, toned and youthful looking.
Use a toner
It’s important to keep your pores closed and your skin cool in the summer so use a toner to achieve this. Look for a brand that suits you or try rose water. Its natural cooling properties make it an excellent toner for the hot season. Our Ocean Tone toner is a gentle alternative that neither strips the skin, nor upsets its natural equilibrium. It’s perfect for all skin types and gently tightens pores, leaving skin feeling refreshed and primed for other skincare products. It also clarifies the complexion of each individual skin type.
Keep makeup to a minimum
Give your skin a break in the summer and try to wear makeup as little as possible. This will give your skin the opportunity to breathe and be free from the chemicals and cosmetics. Getting air to you skin is vital, as it’s not being covered up by cosmetic products and it’s a good way for your skin to feel fresh and uplifted.
Drink plenty of water
Not only do you have to take care of your skin externally but there is also an element of internal care that needs to occur in order to obtain fresh and flawless skin. Hydrated skin is better skin and drinking plenty of water will help to reduce wrinkles, frown lines, spots and a sluggish complexion. Water will both hydrate your skin and flush out toxins that can ruin your complexion.
Eat healthy foods
Healthy looking and feeling skin comes from a nutritional and balanced diet. Just like drinking water, it’s important to regularly eat healthy food so that your skin can be rejuvenated and refreshed. Choose from the rainbow of fruit and vegetable colours to ensure that you’re getting all the antioxidants and nutrients your skin needs. A diet rich in flavonoids will help to ensure a healthy and glowing skin.