Summer is the time to kick back and relax. It’s also the best time for radiant and glowing skin! We switch our wardrobes from winter to summer because we have to in order to accommodate the weather, and it should be the same for our skincare!
In the winter. we have to focus on keeping our skin moisturized and fresh; while in the summertime, we have to focus more on staying matte and protecting our skin from the sun and its UV rays.
Here are some tips to make sure your skin stays radiant and healthy all summer long.
Drink lots of water! With the heat, our bodies sweat a lot and lose a lot of water. Because we are losing large quantities of water each day, we have to replace the lost water somehow. It’s important that we keep ourselves hydrated, which will keep our skin moisturized as well.
Drinking lots of water can give you radiant and youthful looking skin. Your skin is an organ made up of cells that need water to function properly and at their best. If the skin is lacking water, it will be made evident as your skin will become tight, dry and flaky. Your skin will also be more prone to wrinkles and will be less resilient.
Lots of SPF
Sunscreen should be an important part of your skin care regime whether it’s winter or summer. The sun’s rays are stronger in the summer compared to the winter, so it is important to increase the amount of SPF you apply once summer comes around. Sunscreen with 30 SPF or more will be sufficient enough to protect your skin.
Make sure you are not only applying it to your face, but also the rest of your body to ensure you are protected from the harmful UV rays. In addition to damaging and aging the skin, exposure to UVA and UVB rays can cause certain skin cancers. Ensure that you are reapplying at least every two hours to ensure that the amount of SPF is at its strongest. Also, remember to apply sunscreen after swimming.
Don’t forget your lips need SPF too! The skin on the lips is very thin and sensitive. They have less protective pigment and oil glands than the rest of the face which causes your lips to be prone to dryness and irritation.
Treat Sun Spots
With the exposure to increased UV rays in the summertime, melasma is a risk we’re all exposed to. Melasma is a common skin discolouration consisting of dark spots. The spots can develop on the forehead, cheeks, and upper lip. Spots can go from barely visible to extremely noticeable in as little as a few hours of exposure to the sun.
Spots become visible because ultraviolet light causes overproduction of melanin pigment in the skin. To help diminish dark spots and prevent any from appearing, skin-brightening products that contain ingredients like licorice extract or vitamin C will help skin become more radiant by preventing excess melanin production and reducing skin inflammation. You can even ask your dermatologist for a prescription-strength version if nothing else seems to be working.
Having a light moisturizer in the summer will be more comfortable on the skin, rather than the thick moisturizers we use in the winter months. With the increased heat, our skin perspires more and does not require as much moisture as usual. Gel moisturizers are ideal as they are light but provide enough moisture to the skin. Products with hyaluronic acid are ideal as well as they draw moisture from the air and delivers it to your skin.
Reduce Oil and Shine
We can all get a little shiny in the summer, whether your skin is dry or oily due to the humid weather. Our skin naturally produces oils; however, with the added heat, our skin tends to become oilier. It’s not ideal to wash our faces frequently as stripping the oils can cause dryness and lead to even more oil production. Using blotting papers can help absorb and remove any unwanted oils and keep your makeup looking fresh.
Change Up your Foundation
Similar to moisturizers, it’s more practical to switch to a foundation with a lighter consistency in the summertime. Heavy foundations can weigh your skin down and the look of cakey foundation is just not flattering. Using a BB cream or serum foundation will be lighter on the skin and give you a natural radiant glow.
Some foundations also have SPF as well which gives extra coverage. Some foundations also contain salicylic acid which can help prevent breakouts and keeps your skin looking flawless and smooth.
You may also want to consider having two shades on hand in the summer. Your skin tone might change over the course of the summer due to sun exposure and having the right foundation shade is key to having flawless makeup!
Exfoliate and Reduce Retinol!
Exfoliating is key to keeping radiant skin in the summer as the increase of hot weather can cause an increased buildup of oil, sweat, and pollutants on the skin. Using an exfoliant is more affecting when removing all the buildup and ensure your skin can breathe. It removes dead skin cells, dirt, oil, sweat, and other toxins. If your pores are clogged, it can reduce the efficiency of your other skin care products.
Retinol has been known to be a holy grail skin care ingredient. It stimulates collagen, reduces wrinkles, and fights breakouts; however, it is not a good idea to use it in the summer months. Retinol will make your skin sensitive to the sun and can increase your risk of skin cancer.
For more information about how to improve the look of your skin, call Clearview Plastic Surgery at 1-866-765-9171 or contact us here.