Summer is officially here! Before you start planning beach trips and eternally bathing in the sunshine, it’s important to set a few guidelines to maintain healthy and radiant skin. The summer heat can have an extremely negative impact on your skin, leading to dark spots, pigmentation and wrinkles. We have our top 10 summer tips to enjoy the heat without compromising the quality of your skin.
- Slip, slop, slap
Don’t step out of the house without wearing sunscreen and sun protective gear (ironically, the more covered you are the better, think sunglasses, hat, and even an umbrella!). Sun rays cause everlasting skin issues such as dry skin, brown spots and fine lines. If you can, avoid the sun between 12-4pm.
- Moisturiser is essential
Many people assume that as the warmer months come around you should cut down on moisturising your skin. It is in fact the opposite. Continue to slather on moisturiser, but change the intensity of the cream. Applying a light moisturiser with SPF protects your skin from environmental aggressors like pollution, bacteria and dry skin.
- Exfoliate regularly
Exfoliation is vital to skins health. A gentle exfoliation two to three times a week can unclog blocked pores, reduce fine lines and fades dark spots. Simply add coffee, sugar or tea extract to your cleanser and rub in a circular motion. The removal of dead skin cells helps the renew new glowing skin.
- Aloe Vera is your new best friend
Known as an anti-inflammatory that also substitutes as a moisturiser. Applying aloe vera after sun exposure will calm and soothe your skin. The antioxidants will help the repair damaged skin and prevent free radicals. Aloe vera gel and lotion rehydrates and calms your skin, helping to undo past damage as it prevents future issues.
- Stay hydrated
During the heat, we must cool down and regulate our body temperature. Through sweating and evaporation, it is essential to stay hydrated as water helps to replenish the fluids lost by excessive sweating. Dehydration during summer can cause headaches, removes toxins which will keep skin glowing and clear.