Skin needs special care in the summer time; more moisture, more nutritional antioxidants and more sun protection, regardless of your gender. Here are some tips to help keep your skin looking fresh and rejuvenated during the hot, long summer days.
- STAY HYDRATED – During the summer our bodies tend to lose more moisture, so it is essential to continuously hydrate with water. Drinking high amounts of water also helps keep your skin clear, soft and moisturized as well.
- WEAR SUNSCREEN – It is ideal to choose a sunscreen with at least SPF15 for a daily basis to protect you from incidental sun exposure. For outdoor activities it is recommended to use SPF30 or higher and remember to reapply often especially if you are sweating a lot or in and out of the water. Don’t forget to check expiration dates on your sunscreen bottles!
- EXFOLIATE – To have radiant skin, you must remove all the dead skin cells. Hot weather also stimulates the oil glands and can block your pores. Scrubbing in a circular motion on your entire body 2-3 times a week can be very suitable for a natural glow. When choosing a good exfoliant be sure the granules are fine and spherical. Harsh scrubs can damage skin cells.
- MOISTURISE – Throughout the heat and humidity of summer, it is beneficial to use a water-based moisturizer to prevent congestion and blocked pores.
- EAT AND DRINK PLENTY OF SKIN FOODS – Sun exposure, pollution, stress and many unhealthy treats all place a burden on the skin’s antioxidant reserves. Seasonal summer fruits and vegetables provide a wide range of antioxidant rich choices. Flax oil and deep-sea fish are both excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which nourish the skin from the inside out. What is more, instead of aerated drinks which are full of sugar that is not good for your skin or your figure, you should reach for water, fresh lime, fresh fruit juices or coconut water to stay hydrated.
- PROTECT YOUR HAIR/ SCALP – If you spend a lot of time at the beach or in a chlorinated pool, your hair will suffer. Throughout this time it is ideal to give yourself intensive conditioning treatments once a week to repair dry hair cuticles. Plus, if you are balding, thinning or have a short crop, your best line of defense in the scorching sun is to wear a cap or sunhat and don’t forget to use proper sun protection.
- DON’T FORGET YOUR FEET – During summer months, most people like to spend their time in sandals and nothing is worse than seeing dull, dry feet. Dry, cracked skin on your heels and toes can be repaired by giving yourself a pedicure once a week or having someone else do it for you. It is also helpful to put a thick foot cream on with socks and let your skin absorb overnight.