How To Care For Your Skin When Summer Strikes
Summer is here!
It’s the most awaited time of the year again – time for long holidays, beach-visits, ice-creams, and loads and loads of fun. Like it or not, summer is also the time for a lot of dust, sweat, and sunburn.
So, while you are eager to show off your trained, toned, and nicely waxed legs and well-prepped skin, you might well be dealing with doubts about the proper way to take care of your skin.
Worry not! We are here with some useful habits for your skin-care regime that can help you take good care of your skin in the face of summer.
Slop on some Sunscreen
A tube of sunscreen is perhaps one of your first buys just before the Sun conquers the sky.
The American Academy of Dermatology, however, has a different story to report in a study – that most of us grown-ups, fail to use enough sunscreen.
Inadequate protection from harmful UV rays of the sun is linked to a higher risk of skin cancer. So, do not ever forget to apply enough sunscreen on all the exposed areas of your skin.
But wait! Don’t dig out the 2-year old sunscreen tube from the back of your shelf! It’s probably not as effective now – check for its use by date or by a symbol.
How Much – How Often?
The average adult would need an ounce (about a shot glass full) of sunscreen for the whole body.
Cover all exposed areas of your body with sunscreen – ears, face, feet, legs, arms, and every little region of your skin that you intend to expose. And, reapply every couple of hours.
Which type of Sunscreen?
Here are some features of sunscreen that you might look out for:
-Broad-spectrum or ability to protect against both UVA and UVB rays
-SPF of at least 30
-Mineral sunscreen if you have sensitive skin
-Non-comedogenic or oil-free sunscreen for skin prone to acne
-Moisturizing sunscreen lotion for dry skin
Keep Away from the Sun
Combine the use of sunscreen with other forms of sun protection.
Try to minimize the exposure of your skin to a lot of sun, especially, the harsh mid-day sun, say, from 10 AM to 2 PM. If you are outdoors, try finding some shade. Put on a sun-hat.
Use sunglasses to protect the sensitive skin around your eyes. Be very careful around reflective surfaces like snow, sand, and the sea.
Clothe yourself as much as possible to avoid excessive exposure to the sun. Use lightweight breathable fabrics and reflective colors like white to keep yourself comfortable and cool.
Exfoliation is one of the most important tasks of your skin-care routine. It removes the dead skin cells that your skin sheds every day and reveals glowing skin. The process also improves the effectiveness of moisturizers on your skin.
Did you know that makeup stays longer on exfoliated and prepped skin? That’s a big motivator for grabbing that scrub, isn’t it?
Rub a body scrub in gentle circular motion while you are in the shower. Exfoliate 2 – 3 times a week.
For your face, choose a gentle facial exfoliator. Choose one that is suited for your skin type. The Environ Sebuwash cleanser (available at our salon), for example, makes use of the mild exfoliating properties of salicylic acid. It also absorbs oil, and thus, is perfect for use in the summer.
Always hydrate your skin with a moisturizer, preferably with an SPF, after exfoliation.
Summer skin is more prone to oils, dust, sweat, and pollutants. So, it is crucial to follow a daily routine of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing to maintain it.
Use a good foaming cleanser like the Environ Sebuwash or a cream cleanser like the Environ AVST cleansing lotion to keep up the natural moisture levels of your skin.
Dab on a toner to prepare your skin and even it out before massaging with a moisturizer.
It’s time to replace your heavy winter moisturizers with light ones suited for summer. Go as light as you can to keep the glow intact while not giving in to a greasy and sweaty feel on your skin. Look for something like a light gel moisturizer with SPF.
Try our Environ AVST1 (available at our salon) that uses the power of Vitamins A and C and antioxidants to rejuvenate the skin and even out discolorations caused by sun damage and ageing.
Go for a Facial this Summer
Pamper your skin with a rejuvenating facial this summer, perhaps after a sweaty day out.
During this time of the year, a facial should aim at repairing skin fallen prey to one of the problems common in summer. A summertime facial also works to protect your skin from sun damage and other issues.
After a facial, be cautious for a couple of days and try to avoid excessive exposure to the sun.
We offer signature facials specially tailored for your skin. Check them out!
Our Almond Peel Facial, a gentle facial for repairing skin, that even allows exposure to the sun. Our Diamond Microdermabrasion is another pain-free facial that repairs and evens out sun damaged skin – a great one to feel rejuvenated after a long summer trip in the outdoors.
Natural looks are best when under the bright sun. They are gentle on your skin and refreshing to look at.
If you must apply foundation, go for light ones with SPF like the non-comedogenic Jane Iredale Glow Time BB mineral foundation, which offers a broad spectrum sun protection and water-resistance.
Tend to Damaged Skin, Soon
If, by any chance, you end up with a sunburn, attend to it as soon as possible. Go for a cold shower to cool your skin down. Hydrate your skin inside out – moisturize and drink more water. Apply cooling balms and gels to repair the damaged skin.
To Sum Up
Cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, and prepare your skin, so that you can happily enjoy the summer months while keeping your skin refreshed all the time. Apart from this, include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to prevent breakouts on the skin. And, of course, drink loads of water.
And, to remind you of another important facet of summer – sunscreen – don’t forget to apply it – in the right way!