After a long, cold winter, people can sometimes go overboard during the summer by soaking up the sun without considering how damaging it is to the skin. Summer skin issues can include dry skin, acne flare-ups, sunburn and general aging of the skin (wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, etc.)
It’s true that we’re exposed to UV rays year-round, but the sun seems to beat down hotter and longer in the summer.
That’s why you need to protect and nourish your skin in the summer. If you’re unsure of how to change your skincare routine for the season, check out these tips and tricks for taking care of your skin in the summer.
What should I apply on my face?
Your face is the most exposed skin during summer months. Leaving your face unprotected can result in painful sunburns, pimple breakouts and dry, flaky skin. Your summer face care routine must include:
Lip Balm with SPF
The skin on your lips is the thinnest skin on the entire body. It also is constantly exposed to the sun and humidity that comes with summer weather. The sun is not just dangerous to skin, it also dries it out horribly.
Lip balm is your first line of defense against dry, chapped lips. Any lip balm you use in the summer should contain at least SPF 15. Using a lip balm with sunscreen can keep your lips healthy in soaring temperatures.
It’s important not to neglect cleaning your face in the summer. The hot and humid climate causes your face to produce more oil. Your face wash might need to be adjusted to combat this increase in oily skin.
Too much oil on your face causes your pores to clog. Clogged pores is the main reason for acne and other skin blemishes. Your facial cleanser should contain salicylic acid if you have oily skin. People with dry skin can suffer from red blotches and rashes on their face. A non-soapy face wash twice a day can help nourish dry skin.
Toner is another fundamental skin care product that is still necessary during the summer. The toner can help reduce oil and keep your skin clean of environmental pollutants. You should pay close attention to your T-zone when applying toner. The T-zone is the area of your face with the most oil production, especially during the summer.
A light moisturizer in the summer can keep your face looking smooth and hydrated. A non-greasy, lightweight moisturizer with SPF is essential for summer. Moisturizer is best applied at night after a long day of sun exposure. It can help your skin regain the moisture it lost during the day.
A lot of heavy makeup during the summer can bog down your face and clog the pores. Not to mention that it can run in the heat and humidity. Mineral makeup products are light and airy enough for your skin to breathe while you’re wearing them.
If you use lipstick, be sure to use lip balm on top of it.
How can I protect my skin?
The most obvious way to protect your skin is by wearing sunscreen and limiting your exposure to direct sunlight between the hottest hours of the day. Here are a few other tips on protecting your skin from the hot sun:
Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliating sloughs off dead skin cells to prevent congested pores. Freshly exfoliated skin receives more hydration from moisturizers and toners. Makeup stays on the face longer when applied to exfoliated skin.
Exfoliating is best done in the morning before you apply the toner, moisturizer and makeup. You can exfoliate in the shower, but it works best in the summer when done on dry skin. Don’t forget to moisturize after exfoliating to replenish the hydration lost throughout the process. Exfoliating leaves your skin smooth and your pores clear and open.
Water is essential to hydrated skin, but even more so during the hot summer. Take a water bottle with your everywhere, but don’t drink from a bottle left overnight in the car. Studies show that is a cancer risk due to the chemicals in the plastic bottle transferring to the water.
You can also improve your skin’s hydration with a nourishing face mask a couple of times a week. Strawberries are an amazing, natural source of skin-repairing antioxidants. You can rub a sliced strawberry on your skin to absorb the juice rich in health benefits.
Applying sunscreen once in the morning before you leave the house isn’t enough. Sunscreen should be reapplied throughout the day, after every two hours. Most sunscreens advice that you apply them 15 minutes before you’re exposed to the sun, but a lot of people aren’t aware of those guidelines. If you’re spending the day in the water, make sure your sunscreen is waterproof.
Many skin experts suggest the sunscreen have SPF 30 at the very least. The sunscreen should block UVA AND UVB sun rays. Sunscreen should be worn even on cloudy days (even during winter) because the harmful ultraviolet rays can still damage the skin.
Use a Self-Tanner
Sunscreen is a good way to protect your skin from the sun, but sunbathing can cause premature aging, sunburns and cancer. Self-tanning isn’t the most fun idea, but it’s a much better option than direct exposure to the sun. Many salons have spray-tans services or you can buy self-tanning local at any drugstore.
Don’t forget to exfoliate before applying the self-tanner or going to your spray-tan appointment. It helps prevent streaking and gives you a more even tan.
Eat a Healthy Diet
They say you are what you eat! Fried, fatty foods will only increase the skin’s oil production. Eating healthy fruits and vegetables are also a great source of water to help keep your body and skin hydrated. They also contain high levels of the antioxidants that prevent wrinkles and other aging signs.
How can I take care of my skin naturally?
If you’re more into holistic remedies, here are a few natural skincare ideas for summer:
Eat More Melon – Melons are rich in antioxidants and cantaloupe hydrates the skin. Vegetables are another beneficial option if you don’t like melons.
Honey and Lemon Face Mask – a mixture of lemon juice and honey can easily remove self-tanning cream. Honey is full of antibacterial properties.
Cucumber and Orange Juices – Both help soften the skin while reducing the damage of sunspots and skin blemishes.
Cabbage Juice and Honey – This strange combination can help rid your face of wrinkles. The cabbage smell is worth it.
Orange Peel Face Mask – Dried orange rinds can be mixed with plain yogurt to make a nourishing face mask.
Switch from Coffee to Green Tea – Green tea is a natural, caffeine-free antioxidant. Caffeine tends to dry the skin out and cause other skin issues.
Drink More Water – Water is essential to your skin health every season of the year, but especially in summer months when your skin and body can easily get dehydrated. If you consume caffeine, you need to triple your water intake to keep your skin hydrated.
Cucumber Eye Mask
- ½ grated cucumber
- Handful of mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon rose water
- Steep the mint leaves and drain the juice
- Mix the strained cucumber with the mint juice
- Add rosewater
- Soak washcloth in the juice and place washcloth in freezer for 10 minutes
- Remove from freezer and apply washcloth to eyes for 30 minutes.
Coconut oil is a great skincare product that you can use in the summer to moisturize skin. However, if you have oily skin, you should skip the coconut oil (it causes outbreaks) and opt for olive oil instead. Both oils are chock full of antibacterial ingredients and anti-aging antioxidants. Hopefully these tips will give you the summer skin of your dreams.