Your Summer Skincare RegimePrint
When the warmer weather comes around, most of us are glad to shed the layers and spend more time enjoying the outdoors. But the change in climate can play havoc with your skin, particularly if you suffer from problems like acne or eczema. This could mean that you have to make some changes to your usual skincare regime. By making some of these small changes, you could notice some huge changes in your skin over the summer:
It may be necessary to change your usual cleanser in the summer, particularly if you suffer from oily or combination skin. People with oily skin can often experience dryness in the winter and use a rich, creamy cleanser to counteract this. But, in the summer, a rich cleanser will only make skin feel oilier. Switching to a gently foaming cleanser, such as the Australian Body Care Tea Tree Facial Cleansing Gel, will break down excess sebum, making your skin feel fresher and healthier.
In the winter, your skin needs moisturising frequently to counteract the dryness that the cold weather brings. However, in the summer, a heavy moisturiser will just sit on the skin and could make oily patches more apparent. While you should still use a moisturiser (preferably with a SPF) during the day, at night you can switch to a light serum. This will make your skin appear brighter in the morning without overloading it.
In the winter, exfoliation acts as a treat for your skin. It removes layers of dead skin to reveal a brighter, healthier complexion. But, in the summer, it can make you skin more sensitive to the effects of the sun. During the summer months, stick to exfoliating just once a week to prevent your pores from becoming clogged. However, you should always exfoliate before applying fake tan.
Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most important things you can do to keep it looking youthful. Before going out during the summer months, always be sure to apply sunscreen to your face and body (at least SPF 30). You need to do this even on an overcast day because the sun can penetrate through clouds. Not only will this keep your skin looking young, it will also help to protect your against skin cancer. After a day outside, apply aftersun to your skin, even if you didn’t get burnt. This will help keep your skin soft and supple.
When the weather starts to get a bit warmer, it’s nice to make the move into dresses, skirts and shorts, and having a bit of colour on the skin can increase your confidence hugely. Instead of risking skin damage by sunbathing or visiting the sunbed, you can achieve the same effect using a fake tan. Although it’s not strictly ‘skincare’, fake tans (such as those from the Xen Tan range) can give you a touch of summer confidence without risking the skin damage that sun exposure can cause.