Top Summer Tips for Skin
Keep skin hydrated
How: Up your regimen’s level of hydration with intensive masques, perfect for use one to two times a week. Boosters are a great fit, working best when layered underneath a moisturizer. Toners are a refreshing moisturizer prep, working to even out skin porosity. Tip: Refresh with a revitalizing toner spritz at your desk, in the car, at the gym, on the plane!
When in doubt, apply (and reapply!)
Why: It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen.: you must apply enough, and apply frequently. Studies indicate that most people do not apply nearly as much daylight protection as they should.
How much: A teaspoon for the face. For the body, about as much as would fill a shot glass.
How often: Re-apply every two hours. Tip: Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can.
Bonus: Today’s sophisticated formulas and technology let you select sun protection that works with your skin condition. That means you can choose oil-free, mattifying formulas, extra emollient formulas for dry skin, or chemical free formulas for sensitized , reactive skin.
Using a Toner
A skin toner will keep the pores closed and keep the skin cool. You can try rose water as its natural cooling properties are excellent for summer.
Staying out of sun during hottest hours
The hottest hours of the day are between 10 am and 3 pm. You should avoid staying out for long in these hours as your skin will get more exposed to radiations.
Sunscreen is the best way by which your skin is protected. Choose a sunscreen which has a combination of sunscreen and moisturiser. You need to nourish your skin with vitamins and anti-oxidants for long term benefits. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before stepping out.
Use face wash
Clean your face at least twice a day. Keep a routine to wash your face once in morning and evening. Choose a cleanser which is gentle for your skin type. Look for a cleanser with mild AH or BH acids or papaya-based products. The papain enzyme in papaya helps to remove dead skin cells and also helps in new skin growth.
SPRITZ YOUR SCALP
Long locks offer some shade from the sun, but the sensitive skin along your hairline and part still get bombarded with harmful UVA and UVB rays. “Use a sunscreen spray along your part. It’s harder for creams to be absorbed there, and you can still burn,” New York dermatologist Dr. Neil Sadick, who is a Global Medical Advisor for Dior Beauty, suggests. We like the Supergoop Everyday UV Protection SPF 30 .
TAKE A COLD SHOWER
Hot showers after sun exposure further dry skin-turn down the temperature and you’ll pick up a few added benefits. “A cool shower after excess sweating helps keep the skin unoccluded , decreasing acne breakouts,” Dr. Sadick says.
SIP SOME RED WINE
White wine is refreshing in the summer, but red wine is healing. Resveratol, a naturally occurring phenol found in the skin of red grapes can decrease redness from acute sunburns. It has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect. Cheers!
POWDER YOUR NOSE
Who wants to go through the hassle of washing your face and redoing your makeup each time you need to reapply sunscreen? To streamline the process, NYC dermatologist Pat Wexler suggests touching up with mineral makeup that contains SPF 50, like the Avene High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 shown here on the right. The Bare Minerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen also provides sheer coverage and protection in a convenient dust-on wand.
SLOUGH AWAY DRY SKIN
“One of the most effective ways to exfoliate during the summer is to use a scrub on dry skin before you shower,” says New York dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. “Pay special attention to knees and elbows. And finish with a rich body cream or oil within three minutes of toweling off.” Our favorites? The Suki Exfoliate Foaming Body Cleanser and Carol’s Daughter Goddess.
LOVE YOUR LEGS
“The trick to great summer legs is to alter the way light reflects off the skin’s surface,” Dr. Hilary Reich, Noxema’s consulting dermatologist, explains. “Exfoliate first with Ahava Dead Sea Salt Softening Butter Salt Scrub ($24; ahavaus.com) or a Clarisonic Brush. Then apply Caudalie Vine Body Butter ($28; caudalie-usa.com). For the final touch, rub on Michael Kors Leg Shine to Go ($10; sephora.com).”
FIGHT ACNE ALL OVER
During the warmest months, acne can occur in embarrassing locations. “Wash all over in the morning with a Cetaphil Antibacterial Gentle Cleansing Bar ($5; drugstore.com),” Dr. Reich suggests. “At bedtime, wipe the skin with Noxzema Triple Clean Anti-Blemish Pads ($5; drugstore.com).
Repair and treat sun damage
What causes skin damage: UV light causes photoaging in the form of brown spots, coarse skin and wrinkles, whether you have burned your skin or not. When sunlight comes in contact with skin a cascade of damage results (including the stripping of barrier lipids) causing inflammation, production of reactive oxygen molecules that affect healthy cell growth, and stimulation of collagen destructing enzymes.
What to do: A tan may be a popular summer look, but it indicates damage. Bombard your skin with age-fighting ingredients to help undo any damage that may occur, and to further protect it from the aging effects of UV.
Waterproof or no make-up
Make-up becomes a mess during summer because of the rise in temperature. Use light make-up which is water proof. When it is too hot try and keep your natural glow of your skin.
Avoid aerated drinks
Aerated drinks contain lots of sugar which is not good for your face instead drink water, fresh lime, fresh fruit juices or coconut water. You should also minimize the intake of alcohol and caffeine as they reduce the water content from the body system.
Keep in mind all the above mentioned summer skin care tips to keep your skin fresh and glowing. Also, having a proper balanced diet will help maintain the body functioning. Working out for 45 minutes a day will keep you fit and healthy.Top Summer Tips for Skin will help you to achieve your beauty and fitness goals in life and you will never never be annoyed by the effect of summer on your skin.