Summer is a time of fun and sun, but it can also be tough on our skin. The heat, humidity, and UV rays can wreak havoc on our complexion, leaving us with dry, rough, or breakout-prone skin. To help you maintain a healthy and radiant look this season, I’ve compiled some essential skincare tips for summer. Whether you’re spending your days at the beach, pool, or park, or just chilling at home, these tips will help you navigate the heat and protect your skin from damage.
Tip #1: Hydrate Inside and Out
One of the most important skincare tips for summer—and any season—is to keep your body and skin well-hydrated. Dehydration not only slows down the natural renewal and repair processes of the skin but also impairs its ability to sustain a healthy barrier against external factors. Therefore, make sure to drink plenty of water and eat hydrating foods, like fresh fruits, vegetables, and soups. Also, choose lightweight and non-greasy moisturizers and serums that contain hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or aloe vera to lock in moisture and soothe the skin.
Tip #2: Shield Yourself from the Sun
The sun is the biggest enemy of the skin in the summer—UV rays can cause sunburn, premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. To minimize the damage, always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and reapply it every two hours if you’re spending time outdoors. Also, wear protective clothing, such as hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeve shirts, and seek shade during peak hours, from 10 am to 4 pm. If you want to add some color to your complexion, opt for a self-tanner or bronzer instead of risking sun exposure. What is SPF exactly? SPF is a measure of how much solar energy (UV radiation) is required to produce sunburn on protected skin (in the presence of sunscreen) relative to the amount of solar energy required to produce sunburn on unprotected skin. As the SPF value increases, sunburn protection increases.
Tip #3: Exfoliate Gently and Regularly
Exfoliation is key to removing dead skin cells, unclogging pores, and promoting cell turnover, which can help your skin look brighter and smoother. However, in the summer, when your skin is more sensitive and prone to sun damage, you should be gentle and avoid abrasive scrubs or acids. Instead, use a mild physical exfoliant, like a soft brush or a gentle scrub, no more than twice a week, and follow with a soothing and hydrating mask or toner. You can also try a chemical exfoliant, such as a lactic or glycolic acid serum, but make sure to use it sparingly and not on days when you’re going to be exposed to the sun.
Tip #4: Cleanse Thoroughly but Mildly
Summer can make you sweat more, wear more makeup, and be exposed to more pollutants and impurities, which can lead to clogged pores, breakouts, and dullness. Therefore, it’s crucial to cleanse your skin thoroughly but not aggressively. Use a mild and pH-balanced cleanser that can remove dirt and oil without stripping the skin of its natural moisture and beneficial bacteria. You can also use a micellar water or a cleansing oil to remove makeup, sunscreen, and other residues before washing your face. Don’t forget to cleanse your neck, chest, and back, too, and exfoliate these areas with a gentle scrub or a brush to prevent sweat buildup and irritation.
Tip #5: Treat Your Skin to Some TLC
Summer can be tough on your skin, but it can also be an opportunity to pamper it with some extra love and care. Treat yourself to a cooling and rejuvenating facial, a hydrating and detoxifying body wrap, or a relaxing and soothing massage. Use face masks that target your specific skin concerns, such as acne, hyperpigmentation, or dryness, and use eye creams, lip balms, and hand creams that can nourish and protect these delicate areas. You can also indulge in some aromatherapy, such as lavender, peppermint, or chamomile, which can calm your mind and body, and enhance your skincare routine.
With these skincare tips for summer, you can enjoy the season without compromising your skin’s health and beauty. Remember to hydrate inside and out, shield yourself from the sun, exfoliate gently and regularly, cleanse thoroughly but mildly, and treat your skin to some TLC. By following these guidelines, you can maintain a glowing and healthy complexion all summer long. Don’t forget that every skin is different and requires personalized attention and care. If you’re unsure which products or routines are right for you come see us at Babyface, and we can help you repair sun damaged skin and protect your skin all summer long.