Many of us look forward to a more carefree pace in summertime–warm weather, no coats, and hopefully a vacation. But fun in the summer actually means more vigilance when it comes to your skin, because we have greater exposure to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation. So while you shrug off those sweaters and change into shorts and a t-shirt, you might also consider adjusting your skincare routine.
cover up from the sun
The warm weather draws us outdoors and it’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s powerful UV rays. The sun is the strongest between the hours of 10am and 4pm, so search out the shadiest spots to relax during that time. An umbrella, sunglasses, and wide-brimmed hat are always good options. Wear loose-fitting long sleeves and pants that are breathable – think linen – and billow away from your body to create airflow.
Of course, it’s important to use sunscreen. Opt for mineral sunscreens, those containing Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide as the active ingredient, instead of chemical ones. Mineral sunscreens are much safer for those of us concerned about long-term exposure to chemical ingredients, ideal for those with sensitive skin, and are much better for the environment!
Just like we shed heavy coats in summer, your skin may do well to lighten up as well. You can switch to a lighter weight moisturizer that won’t clog pores; try ditching the rich night creams that you needed for the dry winter air for lighter formulas like lotions, gels, or serums.
a deeper clean
We sweat a lot more in summer, so it may be useful to use a stronger foaming facial cleanser or toner to remove oil and sweat build-up. Exfoliate regularly up to twice a week to remove dead skin cells, but avoid using harsh products.
Antioxidants can help your skin too. For example, Vitamin C helps to protect skin from UV and environmental damage, in addition to minimizing the look of wrinkles.
If you can’t resist having a tan, go for sunless tanning products instead of a tanning salon. Tanning beds cause serious sun damage to skin as well.
Hopefully, you’re protecting yourself from sun damage, but if you do get sunburned, take care of skin with aloe vera gel or a cooling mist to help soothe and hydrate.