Summer is upon us, and almost everyone is going all out to get that glowing summer look of beach wavy hair and the perfect sun-kissed tan. However, if you don’t take the right precautions, summer can be harsh on your skin. While your oil glands are always active, when you add heat and humidity to the equation, they can become overactive. When this happens, you can end up with excessive sebum in the t-zone area, sunburn, premature signs of aging, and sometimes an itchy rash. This is not what you want for those long summer days!
How to avoid this? The first step is to put together a realistic skin care routine that looks after your skin throughout the summer. You don’t need to look far or spend your cocktail and BBQ funds on keeping a clear and glowing face this summer. With these ten simple tips, your skin will be summer ready in no time!
1. Stay Hydrated.
This one is a no-brainer, as we all need to drink enough water and stay hydrated, especially during the summer. While this may seem simple, grabbing a pina colada instead of a refreshing bottle of water can be a tempting option. The solution? Have a bottle of water on you at all times and keep sipping at it throughout the day. This will keep your skin hydrated, flush out toxins, and keep you feeling refreshed all day long.
2. Do not forget sunscreen.
Excessive sun exposure is not only uncomfortable — it can permanently damage your skin as well as cause wrinkles, premature aging, and fine lines. Remember to put on a 30+ SPF sunscreen at least a half an hour before going into the sun. Many dermatologists even recommend applying sunscreen every two hours to your face. If you’re afraid of doing this because of clogged pores, there are plenty of alternative options, like sunscreen powder.
3. Get your beauty sleep.
With summer’s late nights and early mornings, it’s tempting to stay out and about for most of your day. But remember not to cut down on your sleep time! When you sleep, your body boosts melanin development (the process of getting a tan) and repairs skin cells that may be damaged. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep tonight to keep your skin glowing and healthy.
4. Keep makeup to a minimum.
Your skin needs to breathe, and when it’s hot and humid outside, a heavily make-up face has even more trouble breathing! If you really cannot go without makeup, think minimal and choose a tinted moisturiser with SPF in it. You can also get lip balm with SPF to protect your lips.
5. Always take your makeup off.
We have all done it — leaving your makeup on after a long day at work or a big night out happens more often than you may think! There are likely going to be times where you simply forget to wipe off your makeup before bed, but try not to get into a habit of it. Leaving your makeup on clogs up your pores and could result in blackheads, blemishes, and aging skin.
Try to exfoliating once or twice a week to refresh your skin by buffing off any dead skin cells, thus leaving you with refreshed-looking skin. Face Vital offers a number of skin products that will give you a gorgeous glow in the summer. However, don’t exfoliate too often as it can cause more blemishes and damage to the skin.
7. Reduce hot showers.
Hot water opens your pores up and makes it ready for soap, dirt, and anything else to create blackheads and spots. Ending your shower with a cool setting closes your pores, keeping your face clean and clear of blemishes and blackheads.
8. Clean your makeup brushes.
Just a tiny pea-sized blob of washing up liquid and warm water can refresh your brushes after use. Wash and then condition your brushes with a tiny dab of olive oil massaged into the brushes. Without washing them, you’re asking for makeup build up, germs, and bacteria to be brushed onto your face next time you use them.
Look out for sunscreens, moisturisers, and serums that have added antioxidants like vitamin C. This will protect your skin from ecological damage and boosts collagen development.
10. Exercise and have fun!
Exercise improves blood flow and gives your skin cells more oxygen which helps towards fixing any skin damage such as sunburn or acne. This doesn’t mean you have to slog it out in the gym, however. There are plenty of fun outdoor activities you can get yourself involved in like cycling, volleyball, and even dance. Any exercise is good for you, but it doesn’t need to be a chore!
With these ten tips, you’re sure to improve and retain good skin health well after summer is over!