Summer is finally here, and chances are you've been counting the days until you can enjoy some well-deserved time in the sun. Whether you are spending time with the family, vacationing by the beach or enjoying other outdoor activities, although the sun may feel fantastic it is possible it may have adverse implications on your skin.
Unfortunately, if you neglect a prevention routine and aftercare, the sun is one of our skins greatest enemies. So before you dive out into those rays, try implementing the healthy summer skin tips that we have shared below.
Apply Sunscreen Every day
Although an obvious tip, most Australians still neglect to apply sunscreen before heading outside. Sunscreen should not only be worn to the beach but throughout summer anytime you are outdoors. The suns damaging rays can not only lead to serious health issues but will also speed up ageing and leave your skin dry and dehydrated.
Apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of your skin 20 minutes before leaving the house and use a light weight Sun Protect lotion under your makeup. Ensure to reapply throughout the day, particularly if you are sweating or swimming.
Wash Your Face the Right way.
Summer may be the time to switch to mild, light weight face wash instead of a thick cleanser due to higher levels of oil production. Also, limit exfoliating your face to a couple of time a week as over-exfoliating may make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Neglecting your moisturising routine in summer will leave your skin dry and dehydrated. Although, like your face wash it might be time to switch to a lighter alternative. In winter your skin will require a heavier weight hydration due to the dry air, however, in the summer it is important to reintroduce hydration lost throughout the day with a light weight formulation.
One of the most efficient ways to keep your skin healthy and hydrated thought the summer is to drink water. Water is the number one aid to skin care in all seasons but is particularly helpful when your body is losing liquid. Drinking plenty of water will also ensure you avoid getting dehydrated or heat stroke.
Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is another great way to ensure you are getting adequate hydration to your body and your skin. All fruits and vegetables are an excellent choice, but those high in beta-carotene (carrots, spinach, tomatoes, broccoli and watermelon) are even better as it is an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals that develop from sun damage.
If your skin is prone to acne, excessive sweating and extra oil production can have the potential to increase blemishes in the summer. Ensure you are regularly washing your face with water to remove dirt and impurities. A clay mask may also be beneficial to draw out excess oils.
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