When you dream about your summer body and your summer skin, you might imagine it being tanned, smooth and glowing, but the reality can often be disappointing. This is because with summer comes sweat, acne, sunburns and various other skin problems.
But worry not, because we are here to save the day and tell you the best and only summer skin care routine you will need this summer!
Summer Skin Care Products
If during the winter you used mild cream cleansers and hydrating moisturizers on your skin, in order to counteract the drying winter climate and central heating, you now need to change back to more thorough foaming cleansers and some light-weight moisturizers
It is always recommended to use sun protection all year around. The reason being while the burning UVB rays are much weaker in winter, the skin aging UVA rays don’t alter as much throughout the seasons. It is recommended to wear an SPF 30-50 to slow down the aging process and keep your skin in optimal condition for a long time. Yet, if you did down-grade your SPF or even not used one in the, then now is certainly the time to go back to regular SPF.
Avoid getting burned in the sun. For fair skin, even tanning is a sign of sun damage on a cellular level, so if you have fair skin, don’t go in the sun for a tan. If accidentally you do get sunburns, oral antihistamines and topical hydrocortisone cream can be useful, but consult your doctor first.”
Ditch The Moisturiser
A good SPF will moisturize your skin as well as protect it, so generally, there is no need for an additional moisturizer in the summer unless you have extremely dry skin. In such cases, you should layer a light-weight moisturizing serum underneath your SPF.
Yet another absolutely compulsory ingredient for the summer is a high-grade antioxidant product, with vitamin C or polyphenols. Although it is recommended to use this all year round anyway, as it helps protect from other forms of oxidative stress, such as pollution.
Irregular pigmentation gets even worse during summer, no matter how careful you are with sun protection, so you should add an anti-pigment serum into your summer skin care regime if you are not already using one.
Retinoids, such as retinol, are amazing collagen inducers. They also help to exfoliate the skin, even-out irregular pigmentation and help to repair sun damage.
Although, retinoids can make the skin a little extra sensitive to sunlight, if you wear an SPF 30-50 every day anyway and are not overexposing your skin to the sun, which by the way is necessary, you’ll be good.
In general, anyone in their late 20s or 30s can benefit from using retinoids, as collagen production starts to deplete then and it would be good for prevention and early intervention.
The only exclusion to using retinol is on a sunny holiday, where it may be hard to avoid the sun. If you are going away on a holiday, stop any retinoids about a week early.
During the summer season, many people may get itchy rashes on their skin. This can be something called PLE , that is, polymorphic light eruption or basically ‘sun allergy’, that is a reaction to UV light, or milaria that is called ‘prickly heat’, which happens when excessive sweating leaves sweat trapped underneath your skin.
To avoid this, expose your skin to the sun very slowly, while for the other, try reducing sweating by using cool compresses, cool showers and cotton clothing. If either does happen, mild hydrocortisone cream can help with them but consult your doctor first.
Certain in-clinic treatments, like the mesotherapy, are a great addition to your summer skin care routine. Mesotherapy nourishes the skin from the inside and helps protect and repair low-grade sun damage because it contains a high-grade mix of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and peptides.
Having a good dermatology grade facial after your summer holiday can be very beneficial for the skin as the outer layer of the skin naturally thickens when exposed to the sun. This means that, after returning from your sunny holiday, you will have a risk of clogged pores and breakouts, so exfoliation and extraction are necessary.
These were the only summer skin care tips you need. Practice good skincare and eat healthy, to get the best skin you desire.