How to get glowing skin this summer

As the scorching summer heat rolls around, our skin begins to experience changes. Excessive heat and humidity mean your skin requires extra protection to avoid skin problems like sunburn, acne, rashes and dry skin. It’s vital that you step up your skincare game right away to keep your skin healthy and glowing. In this blog, I will share tips on how to get and maintain flawless skin this summer.

How heat can affect your skin this summer

As the humidity increases and the weather gets warmer, your skin’s sebaceous glands start producing excess sebum (natural oil). The oil that is secreted gets stuck on the surface of the skin, leading to grease, blocked pores and stickiness, which can, in turn, lead to acne. Individuals with oily skin types are more prone to acne as the oils and bacteria in the skin mix with sweat causing clogged pores and acne.

When skin gets exposed to UV rays, melanin production increases in order to protect your skin from sun damage. Melanin has photoprotective qualities. Excess melanin can result in darker, tanned skin. Other problems can include sunburn, itchy skin, prickly and rash due to sensitivity to the sun.

What products to use for your skin this summer

Face Wash to Remove Excess Oil

In summer, oily skin can get even more oily. Use a face wash suited to your skin type to deep cleanse and remove the dirt and grime. People with dry skin may benefit from a non-foaming cleanser. Opt for alcohol-free, mild and pH balanced cleansers.

Include Antioxidants In Your Skin Care this summer

Antioxidant serums work wonders to hydrate skin. They protect your skin from environmental damage, boost collagen, and eradicate free radicals to prevent skin damage. Add a good antioxidant serum to your summer skincare routine. You can also add it to your diet by stocking up on citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and green tea.

Exfoliating products

Use a face scrub at least once a week to remove excess oil and dirt from the skin. Remember to use a scrub suitable for your skin type and massage the scrub very gently in a circular motion. Don’t forget to exfoliate your neck and lips too.

Sunscreen (very important!)

The sun’s UV-A and UV-B rays can be very harsh on the skin. Besides giving you an unsightly stubborn tan, they can cause premature ageing, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles and even lead to skin cancer. A good sunscreen with SPF 30-50 is essential in the summer months for all skin types, even if you’re indoors most of the time. If you go swimming, I recommend that you apply sunscreen after each swim.

Moisturizer

A moisturizer is essential for protecting your skin during summer. You can choose a non-greasy formula based on your skin type. Look for ingredients like antioxidants and vitamins A and C, and if it has SPF protection, even better. It’s best to apply a moisturizer immediately after your bath or shower so it can absorb more easily.

Toner

A good toner can be very effective in closing up open pores. The maximum number of sebaceous glands are found on the T-zone of the face, so it’s important to tone this area. 

What to wear on your skin this summer

Breathable Fabrics

Cotton is the ideal fabric to wear in hotter months. Wear light and loose clothing and try to avoid tight-fitting garments in synthetic fabrics. These fabrics can make you feel uncomfortable and make you sweat more, which in turn makes the skin itchy. 

 Sunglasses with UV protection

Sunglasses are a must-have for your sun protection wardrobe. When buying sunglasses, always look for lenses that offer UV protection. Lenses that are dark do not necessarily offer UV protection, so be sure to read the label before purchasing. In addition, large-framed shades offer more sun protection than aviators, for example, so be sure to consider size when selecting your sunglasses.

A wide-brimmed hat

A hat is an effective and simple way to cover up your face and neck. When selecting a hat, choose one that has a wide brim to protect your ears, head and neck. Avoid baseball hats or straw hats with holes, as these do not provide enough coverage. 

What to eat and drink for better skin this summer

Look for seasonal fruits and vegetables

Include vegetables like cucumber and lettuce in your dishes – these help the body stay cool from the inside. In addition, seasonal fruits like watermelons, melons, berries, and citrus fruits and juices also help keep skin healthy.

Drink more water and fruit juices

We should drink a minimum of 2 litres of water a day any time of the year, but you may need more than this during hot days. Coconut water and freshly made juices are also great ways to stay hydrated. In addition, avoid sugary drinks as these can make you dehydrated.  

Summer is a time for fun with family and friends. Just remember to protect your skin to avoid unnecessary skin damage when you’re out and about. For more summer wellness tips, check out this blog

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