Do you ever find that as soon as summer comes around and you want to be embracing a natural, beachy look, your skin erupts, and you end up spottier and greasier than beachy? You’re not alone!
A lot of people end up with these issues in the summer because the heat causes the pores in your skin to open, meaning that they can then become blocked with pollution and makeup, which causes blemishes. Your sebaceous glands are also more active in the summer, which can make your skin oilier.
Making just a few changes to your skincare routine will have your skin looking wonderful again in no time.
The most important thing you can do in the summer is to wear sunscreen.
When choosing a sunscreen, you should ensure that it is a ‘broad-spectrum’ and provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays lead to premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, and age spots, while UVB rays cause sunburn, so both are to be avoided.
Dermatologists recommend that you use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and that you are applying it to all exposed areas of skin every two hours while you are in the sun. If you are going in the water, you should reapply every time you come back out.
If you have acne or oily skin, you should choose a sunscreen that is labelled as ‘non-comedogenic,’ which means that it has been shown not to block pores. If you have sensitive skin, then opt for a physical sunscreen made from zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which won’t irritate your skin like other chemical sunscreens can.
Your skin has different needs in the summer to the winter. In the winter, you will probably be using a nourishing, moisturising face wash and moisturizer. In the summer, a face wash designed to combat oily skin and a lighter moisturizer will help to keep your skin fresh.
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In the summer, your skin needs hydration, as well as moisturization. Invest in a hydrating mask that you can use a couple of times a week not just as a cooling pamper treat, but to help repair damage to your skin and promote good circulation, too.
Exfoliating will make your skin smoother and brighter, and it prevents blemishes because it removes all of the dirt and grease that builds up on your skin throughout the day.
If you don’t want to splash out on an exfoliating face wash, then try making an exfoliating facial scrub at home out of oatmeal and yoghurt, oatmeal, and banana, coffee grounds with oil and sea salt or apple and honey.
Your whole body needs more hydration in the summer, and your skin will appear much brighter and healthier if you are properly hydrated. Ensure that you are drinking enough water each day, 3.7 litres for men and 2.7 litres for women on average.
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