It’s summer time, and you can’t wait to head on to the beach, soak up some sun, and relax in the cool water. But for your skin, summer is not as exciting. The humidity in the atmosphere, the scorching rays of the sun, and the overall change in the weather can make your skin dull and may even lead to breakouts.
Now, of course, there are beauty routines that have multiple steps to help you attain ultimate skin perfection. But you can even keep your skin soft and hydrated with a few basic additions to your toiletries and a little effort.
What Happens to Your Skin During the Summer?
The rise in temperature causes the skin to become sweaty and oil, which is released on the face in the form of sebum. Excessive sebum production, especially around your T-area, leads to acne breakouts, blemishes, and clogs your pores, causing dirt and pollution to sediment and make your skin look dull and lifeless. Sunburn and other problems are also likely to arise.
Read on as we look at the top tips to keep your skin soft, hydrated, and glowing.
Top Tips for Clean, Hydrated Skin
Tip 1: Check Your Face Wash
Remember when you got yourself a moisturizing face wash to combat the dryness of winter? Well, summer is here, and rumor has it that it’s bringing plenty of moisture and sebum with it. Especially if you have oily skin, it’s time to look for a face wash that will minimize this without being too aggressive on the skin.
We’re here to tell you that it’s best to avoid anything that’s too strong- look for a mild cleanser, preferably a foaming one (a face wash that is too harsh will actually encourage your skin to produce even more sebum to combat the excessive dryness it is causing).
For dry or combination skin, look for a moisturizing face wash, preferably one with a higher water content to keep your skin soft and prevent rashes and inflammation.
Tip 2: Moisturize Your Skin
For many people with acne-prone skin, this often comes as a surprise, but yes, even if your skin is producing natural oils, you still need to hydrate it. Find a toner/moisturize which is suitable for your skin type and apply it to a clean, washed face once a day. Just like you drink water when you get dehydrated, this will hydrate your parched skin.
Tip 3: Exfoliate
Facial scrubs, especially those that use natural ingredients, can work wonders for your skin. Using them around twice a week cleans out clogged pores, getting rid of the accumulated sweat, pollution, and more. The scrub sloughs off dead skin, leaving soft, glowing skin behind.
Tip 4: Clean Your Makeup Properly
During the summer months, it’s natural that you want to look your best, so use your makeup the way you want to. But when it’s time to wash it off, you need to be very careful to a) get rid of all makeup traces, and b) not overly dry your skin in the process.
Start off by using the right makeup remover. If commercial products are too harsh on your skin, go for something natural like coconut oil or a makeup-removing cleanser. Wash your skin with your face wash and finish off with some toner/moisturizer to keep it hydrated.
If you live in a really hot region, it’s a good idea to reduce the amount of makeup you use and keep it a bit more natural. The longer the product stays on your face, the deeper it will sweat and drip into your pores.
Tip 5: Sunscreen is a Staple
Sunscreen isn’t just to avoid getting a bad sunburn; it’s also to keep your skin young. Excessive sun exposure can damage your skin cells, reducing their elasticity and causing fine lines to appear. Sun exposure may also cause hyperpigmentation and make your skin dull and lackluster.
Invest in a good sunscreen, suitable for your skin type, and use it liberally twice a day.
Tip 6: Water is Your Best Friend
Remember how we talked about relaxing in the cooling water? Well, that water needs to get into your body as well. A telltale sign that you are not hydrated enough is to have a breakout of blemishes on your face, particularly around your forehead. Keep drinking plenty of water throughout the day to combat the heat. On average, your body needs around 2-4 liters of water in the summer, so keep your bottle in hand wherever you go.
Tip 7: Go Gentle on Your Eye Bags
The skin under your eyes is the most delicate and prone to hyper pigmentation through sun exposure. If you’re heading out in the heat, put on a pair of your favorite shades that will look good and protect your skin. As an extra safety measure, go for a double layer of sunscreen over here.
Tip 8: Pamper Your Skin at Night
You’ve come home after a long day, taken a refreshing shower, and put on your PJs. Just like that, you need to refresh your skin. Wash off your skin, give it a quick shower and rinse with your face wash/cleanser. Now it’s time to show your skin some love. You can either apply more of your hydrating toner or invest in a serum that will revive your skin after its long day or combating the sun and the heat as you sleep.
For an extra glow, you can even make a face mask with pantry staples like honey or tomatoes to remove dead skin and reveal the glow underneath.
Summer doesn’t have to be a time where you spend your nights in front of the mirror, stressing over damaged skin. With the right skincare regimen and face products that are suitable for your skin type, you’ll be just fine. You’ll probably even be able to get that tan you were hoping for without damaging your skin from all the extra Vitamin D it’s getting.