Summer is finally coming! In fact, for some of us, it’s already here. If you’ve already felt the heat of the sun’s rays over this past bank holiday, then you’re probably feeling a little concerned about how your skin is going to fare in this weather.
As the seasons change, so should your skincare routine so here a few things you definitely should be doing when the temperature starts to rise.
Never ever skip sunscreen
It might not be blazing sunshine outside, but that doesn’t mean that you have any reason to skimp on the sunscreen. The fact is – the sun’s harmful UV rays are strong enough to permeate through not only clouds but windows too. If that’s the case, think about the effects it can have on your skin. It’s a good idea to lather on SPF that’s a minimum of 30. There are a lot of beauty products on the market today, such as those offered by Tropic Skincare, that combine makeup with SPF so you’ll have extra protection.
Invest in some water-based hydrating products
Warmer days can mean that hydration will evaporate from your skin so not only is it important to keep up with your h2o intake but a good idea to invest in water-based products that will replace any hydration that’s been lost. The lightweight nature of these products means that the water will directly penetrate your skin, leaving you with a fresh and dewy glow. These are also good for anyone who suffers from regular skin complains such as redness or irritation as they can have a cooling effect and help to repair any damaged tissues.
Science says…topical antioxidants
We know that free radicals (things such as environmental toxins and chemicals) are hugely damaging to the skin, primarily leading to signs of premature ageing. Unfortunately, unless you live in a bubble, these are completely unavoidable, especially when you’re spending a lot of time outdoors in the summer. Shield your skin from these harmful factors by applying topical antioxidants such as vitamin C. Vitamin C is something that’s been a skincare staple for many years, and that’s because it’s been proven to have a tremendous effect on our ageing process.
You can eat your antioxidants too
As well as your topical antioxidants, don’t forget to include them in your diet too. Summer is the perfect time to give your diet a complete overhaul. Cutting out the greasy comfort foods and replacing them with fresh fruit and vegetables that will turn your skin from grim to glowing. One of the best antioxidants for your skin is lypocene, found in pink grapefruit, papayas, goji berries and tomatoes. Generally, any fruit or vegetable that has colour (and that’s pretty much all of them) will provide you with the antioxidants that you need to stay looking fresh.
Limit your time in the heat
When it’s sunny, we just want to spend hours and hours outdoors. However, have you ever considered how much this is impacting the health of your skin? The outer layer of your skin contains a pigment called melanin, and this is what protects you from the sun’s UV rays. However, if your skin gets burnt, the elasticity of the melanin will be reduced and cause premature signs of ageing. Try to give yourself a break from the sun at least once every few hours and if your skin starts to feel too hot, cool it down.
Do you follow any of these tips in the sunshine? What are your top tips for staying safe in the sunshine?
*This is a collaborative guest post