It’s that time of year again. Summer’s rolling around and the sun will (hopefully) be shining down on us all for the next few months. Whether you feel bikini ready or feel like you might need VASER Lipo before you break out the two piece, the sun is coming and the country is ready. But with sun comes risks, and those risks include damaging your skin. Whether its sunburn, or general dryness, our skin can suffer in the heat and so it’s important to take good care of it, and we’ve collected together a few ways you can do just that.
Having a good skincare routine during the summer months is vital for keeping your skin in good condition. Your skin goes through a lot anyway, but with the sun beating down on you and the wear-and-tear of being outside playing a part too, it’s important to take good care of yourself.
Exfoliating can not only help remove any dry skin, but it can keep you glowing. You might not want to lose that gorgeous tan you’ve built up, but a gentle exfoliation can have you glowing even more by removing all the dirt and dead skin cells that can have your skin looking dull and dry. After your shower, use a toner – a peppermint, Sage and Witch Hazel combination can work best – and your skin will be looking as healthy as ever with that perfect summer glow.
Wear sunscreen. As tempting as it might be to forego the creams to get a tan faster, it’s far healthier for you and far less of a risk. Exposing your skin to harsh UV rays from the Sun can cause skin damage and dryness, and if care isn’t taken, sunburn. Wearing sunscreen can keep you from burning, and protect you from skin-related diseases. And in case you do spend a little too long in the sun? Aloe Vera does wonders to care for your skin, and provides relief for sunburns.
Food and Drink
What you eat and drink during the summer can play a huge part in how your skin looks and feels. The obvious first point is to drink plenty of water. Keeping hydrated is important not only for your skin, but for your whole body. During the summer, we sweat a lot and so we’re losing the 70% of our body that is made up of water. Replacing the water lost can stop us from getting sick, and keeps your skin wrinkle-free and looking healthy.
Your food intake is just as important as your water intake. Eating fruits like watermelon, berries, citrus fruits and more can provide your body with plenty of Vitamin C, and with a lot of fruits being juicy, can help with hydration. Cucumbers are made mostly of water, and so not only do they prove to be useful for relieving puffy eyes, but consuming them can help replenish your body and your skin.
Salmon, and other seafood, can help your skin appear dewy and plump. The omega-3 acid in the fish can play a key part in how your skin cells regulate the production of oil. In the sun, anything that can help control the oils in your skin is always a win.
At the height of summer, with the sun beating down on you and making it feel like you’re melting it can be hard to find the motivation to exercise. While most of us are doing a pretty accurate impression of a starfish over our bed to escape the heat, it can actually be beneficial to our bodies and skin to go out and exercise. Of course, care needs to be taken to keep hydrated, but the sweat is good for you.
Sweating is nature’s way of getting rid of any toxic chemicals that have built up in our skin, and so it’s only natural that the best way to get rid of toxins and anything damaging to our skin is to sweat it out. Just make sure to wear sunscreen, as you may be too hot internally through exercising to realise if you are burning.