How Does Summer Affect Your Skin?
Increase in temperatures during the summer months, combined with humidity and heat, can increase the activity of the sebaceous glands. This makes oily skin appear oilier and dry skin appear rough and patchy. The sun’s rays also causes tanning by producing more melanin pigments. While everyone is aware that more melanin means darker skin, few relate sunburned skin with ageing and cancer. The heat can also cause more pores to open, which can get clogged with dirt and oil, trapping bacteria, causing acne, pimples, and blemishes on the face.
How to Take Care of Your Skin in the Summer Season
This is what you can do to take care of your skin this summer:
1. Include Antioxidants in Your Facial Skin Care Routine
Invest in a good serum during the summer. Not only does an antioxidant serum hydrate your skin, but it can also protect your skin from environmental damage. It helps to boost collagen production, and will scavenge harmful free radicals to prevent skin damage. Remember that you can include antioxidants in your skin care regimen by adding them to your diet as well. Stock up on citrus fruits, green and leafy vegetables, green tea, nuts, and whole grains to have younger looking skin.
2. Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Remember that summer is the time when your skin requires moisture as well as hydration. Invest in a good hydrating mask which you use a couple of times a week. Wash your face first and apply the mask as directed at night to repair, rehydrate, and soothe your skin. A mask can treat specific skin conditions like dryness, acne, oil, etc. Pick the appropriate mask and spend those 10 extra minutes on wiping away the stress, fatigue, and blemishes from your skin.
3. Exfoliate Regularly for Smoother Skin
Exfoliation is the key to brighter and smoother skin. It removed dulling skin debris and piled up dead cells. This debris prevents the skin from breathing and can congest the skin. Exfoliate with a natural scrub. Make sure to be gentle while exfoliating your skin. Do not over-exfoliate because your skin will get bruised and you may end up getting rashes. People with sensitive skin should opt for mild exfoliators that are tender on the skin.
4. Wear Sunscreen
Sunscreen should be your best friend during summers. Choose one that has a mineral base, zink oxide. Reapply every three hours if you are spending all day in the sun. Make sure to cover your hands, feet, shoulders, and neck as well.
5. Cut Down on Makeup
Summer means that you should ease up on the makeup. Wear minimal facial makeup to allow the skin to breathe better. Humidity and heat suppress the skin’s ability to breathe and stress it out. Avoid anything heavy on the face. And do not skip on the make up remover before bed!
6. Use a Refreshing Toner
Using a good toner can help you close open pores. This is essential in summer to prevent oil accumulation in the open pores. The t-zone of the face has the largest concentration of sebaceous glands and will tend to look the slickest in the summer months. Pay attention to this zone while toning your face. Use a natural, based on flowerś water toner which is light and refreshing.
7. Change Your Moisturizer
Come summer, you have to ditch those heavy cold creams and shea butter laden moisturisers for a lighter moisturiser. Do not be under the misunderstanding that your skin requires no moisture in the summer. Skin care in summer calls for a lighter and non-greasy product that suits the weather.
8. Drink Plenty of Water
Water is the most important ingredient in healthy skin tissue. It keeps your skin supple, soft, and radiant. Remember to carry water anywhere you go. Water is also very crucial to flush the toxins out from the skin through sweat and urine.
9. Remember to Take Care of Your Feet
Most of our focus is on taking care of our face because it is what everyone sees first. But do not forget that your feet carry you around all day and they need care too. Exfoliate the skin on your feet regularly. Use a feet cream on your feet if you plan on wearing open footwear.
10. Take Special Care of the Eye Region
While you choose moisturisers and toners for your face, remember that the skin around your eyes is much thinner and more delicate as compared to the rest of your face. Pick a good natural undereye gel that has hyaluronic acid, cucumber, or even honey. These ingredients keep the skin around the eyes hydrated and prevent wrinkle formation.
11. Remember the Value of Natural Remedies
Like Every day that you try to eat healthy and not treat your body with unhealthy nutritions, same goes for your skin. As 60% of what we put on the skin will go inside our body and for sure will show on your skin!
Have a beautiful happy summer!