With summer now in full swing, it’s time to break out the swimwear, perhaps grab a new book, and bask in the warmth of this fleeting season (at least that’s how it is here in Toronto! Lol). Naturally people want to look their best in the summer, but it’s surprising how many people neglect their skin. Heading out to the beach without sun screen and not changing their skincare regime based on the new temperatures are some of the biggest offenders!
I actually believe that re-evaluating your skincare regime in the summer is super important. And if you haven’t do so in a while then this article will help you do that. In this article, I’m going to discuss a few easy summer skincare tips so you can look your best, maintain healthy skin, and make the most of your time out in the sun!
Affects of the Summer on your Skin
The first thing to be aware of, is that summer can have different effects on your skin – both in terms of your skin’s unique properties, and the unique environmental conditions of where you live. Some places are known for hot and humid summers (like where I’m from), whereas others are hot and dry, and can quickly turn your skin into sandpaper if you’re not careful. Furthermore, if you spend most of your time in buildings with air conditioning, the lack of moisture in the air can compound some of these effects.
Dry Skin in the Summer
If you’re skin is prone to drying out, or you’re going to be spending time in an especially dry environment, there are a few things you can do to hydrate your skin and ensure maintains its plump, healthy glow.
First, you need to be drinking lots of water. This should go without saying for most people (and is probably self explanatory so I won’t elaborate). But if you’re not drinking more water in the summer, than your skin may suffer the consequences – not too much your health!
Second, it is important to incorporate products that prevent moisture loss and actively replenish your skin’s natural barrier. This often means incorporated skincare products with hydrating ingredients such as humectants. These products can prevent dehydration by increasing the supply of moisture to the skin and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Oily Skin in the Summer
Hot and humid climates can turn your skin into a petri dish for oil and sweat. And if you’re skin is prone to developing acne, this can cause pimples and breakouts to occur. Thankfully, there are a few easy tips you can implement, to help counteract the effects of excess oil production.
My first piece of advise would be to use a cleanser with glycolic and salicylic acid. These ingredients can exfoliate deep into your skin and remove dead skin cells and prevent your pores from clogging. Doing this twice per day is highly recommended for anyone with acne prone skin. However, one thing you should be aware of is that these products can often make your skin burn, so make sure to take necessary precautions if out in the sun for long periods of time.
If your face tends to become oily again not long after washing it (i.e. within a few hours) sometimes you need to take additional steps to absorb the excess grease. The big solution here is apply mattifying lotion under your makeup (also note that some makeups already come with this product). Mattifying lotions often contain ingredients such as talc or silicone polymers that mop up oil build up on your skin.
Should you Wear Sun Screen
There has been a bit of debate recently as to whether sun screen is good or bad for your skin. This may come as a surprise, as for decades it has been assumed that sunscreen in the sun is a must if you want to prevent sun spots, burns, and skin cancer.
My personal opinion on this is that sun screen should always be worn in the sun if you’re going to be out in the sun for any length of time. I have done considerable reading on the topic and firmly believe that the damage from ultraviolet (UV) rays should be prevented in the summer. As such, it is important to wear broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen that has a minimum SPF of 15 or 45. If you’re skin is especially prone to burns, you may want to aim even higher.
A Final Note on Summer Skincare
It is now the height of summer for me, and as my skin is prone to excess oils, I have changed my skincare regime accordingly. However, everyone’s skin is different and the environments we all reside in can also have adverse effects on our skin if we’re not careful. So while you’re out in the sun, make sure to wear sun screen to prevent long-term skin damage. Furthermore, make sure to calibrate your skincare routine with the type of skin you have.
The above tips in this article should ensure you are well equipped to enjoy your summer without having to worry about your skin!