Summer is here again and you can finally put on a pretty sundress or shorts and a pair of thongs and enjoy the sunshine! But while you’re having fun, don’t forget to look after your skin by following my Skincare Tips for Summer. Looking after our skin in one of the best things we can do in order to maintain a healthy, radiant glow throughout this summer and for the years to come, so here are my 7 Skincare Tips for Summer:
1 Sun, Sun, Sunscreen
The first of the skincare tips for summer is simple: wear sunscreen! Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, which are most dangerous during summer, when you are out and about enjoying the sunshine. Don’t stop going out into the sun completely – summer is fun! Just apply an SPF 30 + sunscreen when you are outside.
2 Exfoliation is Great
Did you know that your skin is constantly shedding dead skin cells? If you don’t get rid of them, they sit on top of your body and make your skin look dry and dull. Exfoliation gets rid of the dead skin cells and uncovers the healthy cells underneath, making your skin look luminous again. Tools of the trade include loofahs, exfoliating gloves, body brushes and believe it or not, the old fashioned facial towel. You can use these with a moisturizing soap or body lotion or for double scrubbing power, try a body scrub or an exfoliating soap. Rub the exfoliator in circular movements over your skin all over your body and then rinse off. Do this two or three times a week and your skin will stay silky all summer.
After your shower or bath, especially after exfoliating, apply a good quality body moisturizer to your body for shiny, hydrated skin. For summer, you are best to chose a light lotion that is fast absorbing. Lotions with coconut and mango are lovely summery scents. Spray moisturizers are convenient for bare legs in summer while if you have twenty minutes to spare, natural moisturizers like yoghurt and honey applied to the skin for this time and then scrubbed off will get your skin glowing.
3 For Your Face…
A good facial routine will keep your skin from becoming dry over summer so cleanse, tone, moisturize and exfoliate. After cleansing, it is important to use a toner to remove any excess dirt, oil, make up and sweat residue from your active summer day. Keep your bottle of toner in the fridge over summer for a lovely cooling effect. Choose a light moisturizer that will hydrate your face without clogging your pores. Finally, exfoliating your face is also extremely important over summer. Buy a special facial exfoliator, which isn’t as harsh as a body scrub, and use it twice a week or before applying a sunless tan. It will remove dead skin cells, allow moisturizers to penetrate deeper into the skin and leave your face looking fresh.
5 Keep Hydrated
My previous skincare tips for summer have been all about moisturizing, which means keeping the skin hydrated. The best way to hydrate your skin is from the inside, by drinking lots and lots of water. Stay hydrated during the day by packing a large bottle of water into your backpack, handbag or beach bag. Drink water regularly throughout the day and refill it when necessary. Don’t wait until you are parched to take a sip – if you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. A great, refreshing way to start the day is to add the juice of a fresh lemon into a big glass of water. It will give you a zing to start your day, keep you hydrated and result in clear, bright skin all through summer.
6 A Close Shave
Over winter, we get lazy. Legs aren’t shaved because they are never bared. Now it’s time to bring the summer skirts and dresses out again, it’s time to shave and wax those unsightly areas. Whichever means of hair removal you choose, make sure you use good quality products and use them correctly. A good quality razor paired with a luxurious shaving cream or lotion will mean no nicks, less ingrown hairs and silky smooth skin. If you wax, make sure you use a quality wax kit and if you are unsure how to use it, go to a salon instead. A bit of hair here and there is nothing compared to the burns, rashes, or ingrown that you could suffer if something goes awry.
7 Tan It up and Bronze It on:
If you need a little bit of help to get glowing skin this summer, spending hours sunbaking or booking weekly appointments at a tanning salon a not good ideas. Go for a sunless tan – there are plenty of options, whether do it yourself or at the salon, and they won’t break the budget. Spray-on tans from the salon are a great way to get an all over natural looking tan. Alternatively, a good quality tanning lotion that you can apply yourself can look lovely. Make sure you follow the instructions and apply it as evenly as possible. Self-spray on tans are easy to use and can give you a light coverage but they set fast so rub them in quick! For your face, a sunless tanner can give you a bronzed glow, or choose a copper colored bronzer for shimmering skin that you can simply wipe off each day. The last of my skincare tips for summer? Don’t overdo the sunless tan – bronzed is beautiful, orange is not!
Make the most of your summer by getting out and about and doing all of those activities that the cooler months just don’t allow for. But please, follow my skincare tips for summer. If there are any pointers that I have missed, please tell me. What do you do to take care of you skin while the weather is warm? If you have some special Skincare Tips for Summer of your own, please share them with us!
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