Top 10 Summer Skincare Tips

High Ultraviolet (UV) rays, excessive heat, and all-day humidity can wreak havoc on your skin. If you have increased acne during the summer months, a sun rash, or sun burn resulting in itchy, flaky, dead skin – your skin is trying to tell you something. You need to do more to protect your skin during the summer season. Keep your skin in tip-top shape this summer with our summer skincare tips below:

  1. Be diligent with your skincare routine.

Maintain a good skincare routine and follow it religiously. Use a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer twice a day. Choose gel-based (for dry skin) and water based (for oily skin) as these are lighter, non-greasy options when compared to cream-based products.

A good face scrub 2-3 times a week to exfoliate the skin and remove excess dirt is also helpful. Remember to use a scrub suitable for your skin type and massage the scrub gently in a circular motion. Make sure you also exfoliate your lips and neck too. With continued use over time, pores become tighter, unclogged, and less visible.

Be sure to include antioxidants. Antioxidant serums work wonders to hydrate your skin. They also protect your skin from environmental damage, help boost collagen, and prevent damage to the skin. You can also add antioxidants to your diet by stocking up on citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and green tea.

  1. Wash your face to remove excess oil and use toner morning and night.

As the temperature and humidity levels climb, your skin’s sebaceous glands produce excess sebum (natural oil). This oil gets stuck on the surface of the skin, leading to stickiness, grease, and blocked pores. Use a face wash suited to your skin type that can cleanse and remove all that deep dirt and grime. Those with dry skin should use a non-foaming cleanser. Opt for mild, alcohol-free and pH balanced cleansers such as our Gentle Cleanse.

A good toner can be effective in closing open pores. The majority of sebaceous glands are found on the T-zone of the face. To prevent sweat and oil from clogging these pores, use an aloe vera or cucumber-based toner as they are lighter.

  1. Don’t forget about hydration for your skin, including moisturizer.

Just because you might have oilier skin in the summer doesn’t mean you should skip moisturizing. Switch to a lightweight lotion that contains antioxidants like vitamins A and C. If it has SPF, even better. It is best to apply a moisturizer immediately after your bath or washing your face.

Use a hydrating mask, such as our Hyaluronic Quench Mask, after you wash your face at night for some extra hydration while you sleep. Splash your face frequently with water or carry facial mist to freshen your skin in regular intervals.

  1. Bathe twice a day.

Just like you need to wash your face diligently in the summer months, a cool bath in the night before bed can help remove all the dirt and sweat that has accumulated elsewhere on your body throughout the day. Ideally, a morning shower and a night bath should be followed with your cleansing, toning, and moisturizing routine. And try to keep water temps lower. A shower that is too hot can lead to over-drying your skin or irritating a skin inflammation or burn.

  1. Avoid heavy makeup.

Heavy makeup prevents the skin from breathing. Humidity and heat also impact the skin’s ability to breathe. We encourage you to embrace your natural beauty and skip the makeup all together if you feel comfortable. If not, consider using products like tinted moisturizers and lip balms instead of heavy foundation and other cosmetics.

  1. Wear sunscreen.

Wear sunscreen. Wear sunscreen. Wear sunscreen. We really can’t say this enough. The sun’s UV-A and UV-B rays can be very harsh. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of 30-50 SPF daily to protect against both these types of UV rays. Check the label to ensure you are buying the right kind. Our Age Defying SPF 45 is great for active days. And yes, you need it even when it’s cloudy. So, we repeat one more time: wear sunscreen.

  1. Don’t forget your eyes, lips, and feet.

Always wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays and use a moisturizing under eye gel. Next, don’t forget your lips! Be sure to use a lip balm with SPF. You can even hide this under your lipstick if you still want that perfect color. Scrub your feet to exfoliate. And remember to cover them in sunscreen as well. Sunburnt feet hurt, and no one wants their sandal straps imprinted on their feet all summer long from a bad burn.

  1. Drink more water and fruit juices.

Drink 8-12, 8 oz. glasses of water a day in the summer. Drinking water helps to flush toxins from the body. Coconut water, watermelons, and fresh juices are another good way to stay hydrated.

  1. Your diet matters too.

Consuming leafy green salads and vegetables like cucumbers help the body stay cool from within. Seasonal fruits and juices from melons and citrus fruits also help keep the skin healthy. Including yogurt and buttermilk in your diet can help reduce toxins within the body.

  1. Wear breathable fabrics.

Wear light and loose clothing. Avoid tight fitting garments in synthetic fabrics. These can increase your discomfort and make your sweat more. Cotton is the best fabric to wear during summer. Wearing a hat is also a good idea when in the sun for prolonged periods. Even with a full head of hair, your scalp can burn where you part your hair.

 

Each season comes with its set of skincare challenges. By following our expert tips above, you can stay healthy while restoring your skin’s natural balance and glow. If you have questions about your skincare routine or any of the products mentioned above, please stop by The Aesthetic Center by Medical Associates. We offer a complete line of clinical-grade skincare products to address a variety of concerns.

 

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