Did you struggle all winter to keep your skin hydrated? Dry weather and cold temperatures definitely require giving your skin some extra TLC. And you may think that now that nicer weather is here that your skincare worries are over. But not so fast. In the summer your skin requires some care, too.
Yes, when the temperatures start to rise, and the sun shines more regularly, you need to think about how you are going to take care of your skin. Summer brings unique challenges, but use these tips to help keep your skin looking great.
- Change Your Makeup: Take a look at the makeup you used all winter? You may notice you were using a heavy moisturizer. You may see that your foundation doesn’t match your current skin tone. You may have used darker colors. Now’s the time to change.
- A lighter moisturizer may help prevent your pores from clogging in the humidity. You may need to change to a foundation in a slightly different shade to match that sun-kissed skin you have. And, you may want different shades of lipstick or blush to go with the summer weather.
- Use a Moisturizer with Sunscreen: Sunscreen is vitally important to protect your skin from UV sun damage. Thankfully, lots of moisturizers now come with sunscreen built-in. If you haven’t made the change to a moisturizer with SPF, take a look at this list to see some of the best ones on the market.
- Exfoliate: When you exfoliate, you remove dead skin cells that are sitting on your skin. Exfoliation helps to keep your skin healthy – so you need to continue doing it in the summer. But, during the summer months, limit it to once per week. This will prevent drying out your skin and irritation.
- Stay Hydrated: Hydration is essential during the summer to avoid heat-related illnesses, but it’s also important for your skin. If you’re not adequately hydrated, your skin will look dry, flaky, or tight. Bring your water bottle with you everywhere and eat foods that are high in water content like melons.
- Don’t Forget Your Lips: Sure, you might put on some lipstick, but don’t forget to exfoliate them, moisturize them, and protect them with sunscreen. They are an extremely sensitive part of your skin and need their own special care.
- Take Cool, But Not Cold Showers: When you’re overheated from being outside, it can be tempting to jump into a cold shower to cool down quickly. When you take an ice-cold shower, you quickly close the pores in your skin. While you feel cooler, you also trap in dirt and sweat you may be trying to get rid of. Take a cool, but not cold, shower for maximum benefits.
- Wear a Hat With a Wide Brim: It’s time to dig out those summer hats – with wide brims. There are all sorts of stylish ones out there that can protect your face from the sun.
- Limit Your Sun Exposure: Do you love to spend time in the sun? Most people do! But, as you know, those UV rays can damage your skin. Try to limit the amount of time you spend in the sun, and if you need to be outdoors, try to avoid the peak sun hours between 10 am and 4 pm.
- Treat Sunburn: Even when you try your hardest to avoid sunburn, it happens. Be sure to treat it right away.
- Try Not to Scratch Bug Bites: Mosquitoes biting you? Try not to scratch! You’ll only make the area more irritated, and if you tear the skin, you may cause scarring.
Now’s the time to get your skin care routine figured out for the summer. Use these tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing!