The increased heat and humidity of summer can wreak havoc with our skin – increased oiliness, more frequent breakouts and melting makeup to name just a few summertime skincare challenges. But by following a few simple tips you can keep your skin looking fresh and healthy all summer long.
1. Protect, protect, protect
The most important thing you can do for your skin during the summer months is to protect it from the sun. Not only will you prevent premature ageing, you’ll also reduce your risk of skin cancer. Start by covering up as much as possible with sun-protective clothing. Add a large-brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses to protect the delicate skin of your face – tap into your inner 1950s movie star for a bit of fun.
When you can’t avoid sun exposure sunscreen is an absolute must. Choose a broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 (or higher) such as UV Natural Sport Sunscreen. Apply 20 minutes before you go outdoors and make sure to reapply every 2 hours. Most people don’t use enough sunscreen, so be generous. Use at least a shot glass full to cover your body. And don’t forget sensitive areas like the tops of your feet, neck and ears.
2. Cleanse gently
All that summertime sweat can lead to blackheads and breakouts. But with proper cleansing you can keep your skin looking fresh and blemish-free. Use a gentle cleanser twice a day. Green Organics carries a wide range of facial cleansers designed to clean without drying out your skin. One of our summer favourites is Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. It removes dirt and makeup and its citrusy scent of lemons, oranges and lavender smells like summer.
3. Exfoliate once or twice a week
Dead cells can make your skin your skin look dull and rough. By exfoliating you remove these cells, leaving your skin looking radiant and healthy. Exfoliating also lets your skin cells regenerate more quickly, keeping you looking younger too. Try the Body Deli Blueberry Fusion Micro Scrub for an exfoliant that’s effective, yet gentle enough for sensitive skin. It’s special formula hydrates, evens out skin tone, and smooths fine lines and wrinkles without drying. Just don’t exfoliate too often in the summer as it can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage – once or twice a week is best.
4. Keep moisturising
You may think your skin doesn’t need moisturiser during the summer months, but sun, chlorinated water and air conditioning can all damage and dry out skin. While it’s best to use a moisturiser with an SPF throughout the year, it’s more important than ever during the summer months when UVB rays are at their highest and most damaging. Choose a moisturiser with an SPF of 30+ to ensure the best protection. One we love is the Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Facial Moisturiser with SPF30. Not only does it work as a primer, sunscreen and brightener, it’s also enriched with plant collagens that reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
5. Don’t forget your lips
The thinner, more delicate skin of your lips is extremely susceptible to sun damage. Keep those smackers safe and kissable with a lipscreen like UV Natural Lip Sunscreen. Or if you want to add a bit of sheer colour try Crazy Rumors tinted lip balm.
6. Keep makeup to a minimum
If you choose to wear makeup in the summertime, keep it light. Rather than using foundation, a great way to get sun protection and sheer coverage at the same time is a tinted moisturiser, BB or CC cream. A real powerhouse, Madara Anti-Pollution CC Cream provides broad-spectrum sun protection along with a long list of other benefits for your skin including increased cell turnover, a more even skin tone and improved firmness. Mineral foundation is another great alternative to heavier, liquid foundations. Mineral makeup is perfect for the summer months as it’s light, breathable and won’t clog pores.
7. Stay hydrated
Making sure you stay hydrated during the summer heat isn’t only essential for your body to function properly; it also keeps your skin radiant, healthier and younger looking. And the science backs it up. A study published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology found that drinking more water had a positive impact on skin physiology.
8. Take cool showers
Hot showers and baths dehydrate your skin by stripping your skin of its natural oils. Go for a cool or cold shower instead. Not only will you feel more refreshed, the cold water will unclog your pores and help prevent breakouts. Cooler water also tightens your pores, making skin look younger and less inflamed.
9. Tackle oil and shine
Humid weather can make almost any skin type look shiny. Keep some oil blotting papers on hand to help take down the shine. Made with hemp and linen, Chidoriya Japanese Oil Blotting Papers are great for absorbing oil and giving you a fresh-faced look. They also come in a cute holder to pop in your handbag for oil blotting on the go.
Flawless summer skin is achievable. Just remember to protect yourself from the sun first and foremost, and keep up with regular cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising. Keep makeup to a minimum and choose lighter options whenever possible. And remember to tap into the restorative power of water, both inside and out.