Summer is the time of year when you’ll be showing more skin than in any other season, so it’s important to put the work in to make sure it looks at its best when the warmer months arrive.
Here are a few tips for people who need to revamp their summer skincare routine, tackling some common complications that crop up when the sun is shining and the weather is sweet.
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Sweat is a skincare issue
When the temperature outside rises, everyone sweats more, and this is not just a concern from a hygiene perspective; it can also impact on the health of your skin in sensitive areas, and cause irritation and chafing if left unchecked.
Thankfully you can invest in antiperspirant for excessive sweating to cope with the side-effects of being out and about in the summer, saving you from soreness as well as avoiding those embarrassing damp patches on clothing under your pits. Choosing cooler clothing can also help.
Protection from sunlight is a necessity
Catching some rays to give your skin that lovely tanned glow in the summer may sound like a good idea, but the sun can do serious long term damage to your skin and cause it to age prematurely, as well as increasing the likelihood of skin cancer.
Wearing sunscreen is therefore sensible if you are going to be out and about on hot days. However, this may not be practical for everyday use, in which case choosing a moisturizer which comes with an integrated SPF rating is a good idea. Opt for an SPF of at least 30 to get the biggest benefits, avoiding dry skin in the short term and improving your prospects for healthy skin further down the line as well.
Many people exfoliate daily, and although this is not necessarily the best route for every skin type, it definitely makes sense to increase the regularity of your scrubbing sessions during the summer.
Exfoliation at this time of year helps to do away with the various types of detritus which might otherwise congregate and clog your pores. Just remember not to make any drastic changes to your routine, and instead aim to introduce them more gradually to give your skin a chance to acclimatize itself.
Sweating more, as well as spending more time outdoors in the sand and dusty air, may mean that you want to hop in the shower more often in the summer than you would during other times of the year.
The problem with this is that showers can actually dry out your skin, particularly if you like to turn the water temperature up as high as possible.
The solution is to make sure that you do not linger in the shower, but rather get in and out as quickly as possible. Showering twice a day but only staying in for five minutes or less, as well as reducing the water temperature, will save you from the worst effects that this kind of behavior can bring to your skin.