The sunnier weather of summer is something many of us look forward to, though more sun can often mean more sun-damaged skin! This summer, make sure you and your skin are prepared by checking out these 10 summer skincare tips.
10 Top Tips for Summer-Ready Skin
1. Apply (and reapply!) sunscreen.
This is probably the most obvious tip on here, but it’s so important that it’s worth mentioning first! Your risk for skin cancer increases from the very first sunburn you get, while regular use of sunscreen decreases your skin cancer risk by up to 50% . Make sure your sunscreen is at least SPF 30, and reapply every few hours as it wears off. Don’t forget your lips, ears, eyelids, hands and feet!
2. Wear your sunglasses.
Sunglasses help protect your eyes and the delicate skin around them from the sun. Remember to choose sunglasses with a lot of coverage for the most protection, and make sure they’re rated for UV protection!
3. Cover exposed skin.
The more skin you can shield from the sun, the more protected your skin will be, and the less sunscreen you will have to use! This is especially important during peak sun hours, typically from 10am-4pm when the sun’s rays are strongest. It’s best to limit your time outside during peak sun, but if you must go out, it’s super important to give your skin some extra protection. To avoid feeling uncomfortable with too much fabric and looking like a melted ice cream, go on to the next tip. 😉
4. Choose airy fabrics and looser cuts.
It may come as a surprise, but you can indeed cover your arms and legs to protect them from the sun AND stay cool and comfortable at the same time. The key is choosing the right clothing. Specifically, choose loose cuts and styles that allow your skin to breathe, and choose fabrics that are light, cooling, and moisture-wicking. An excellent example is linen—a natural fabric prized since ancient times for its cooling and moisture-wicking ability. Linen is also hypoallergenic, extremely durable and is one of the strongest natural fabrics around !
5. Lighten the load.
This is the time of year where you’ll really be doing your skin a favor by lightening your skincare routine. Choose products with thinner textures so that your skin can breathe better and doesn’t feel as heavy when it’s hot and humid out. Also, make sure any makeup you use is non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores).
6. Stay in the shade.
This is especially important when you’re out under the sun for prolonged periods. Whenever possible, try to find the shadier spots in your environment and spend your time there. Staying in the shade not only helps protect your skin from the sun, but also keeps you cooler and reduces how much you sweat, conserving your hydration levels. A sun umbrella is another alternative that works great as a portable shading device! You can also “make your own shade” by wearing a sun hat, sun visor, and keeping exposed skin covered.
7. Stay hydrated!
This one’s important year-round, but especially when you’re sweating more! Keeping hydrated will help moisturise your skin from the inside out and replenish any moisture you lose through sweating. Top tip: carry a reusable water bottle with you whenever you go out so you can fill it up on the go.
8. Eat water-rich, high-antioxidant foods.
Increasing your water intake through the food you eat will also help keep your skin’s moisture levels up, and the high antioxidant content of fruits & vegetables will further nourish and protect your skin from oxidative stress caused by the sun’s UV rays. Great examples include watermelon, melons, cucumbers, citrus fruits, and berries.
9. Avoid overwashing.
Let’s be real. Summer often means more time at the beach, in the pool, and definitely more sweat on your skin. All of this means that you might find yourself showering more often than usual, which can dry out your skin. The salt in your sweat can also irritate and further dry your skin. Limiting how often you wash your skin and using cooler water will help keep it more hydrated. There’s also another thing you can do to help keep your skin looking and feeling its best… (Hint: see next tip!)
Yes, even in the summer you still have to moisturise, especially if you have dry or otherwise sensitive skin. Moisturising after a shower can help lock in hydration so your skin doesn’t get too dry. When layering with sunscreen, make sure to put on your moisturiser first and then the sunscreen so that you get the most hydration AND sun protection! Finally, choose a lighter moisturiser that won’t clog your pores or leave you feeling greasy. Extra points for moisturisers with plant-based ingredients, because plants protect your skin even more by using their antioxidant power to fight oxidative stress!
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