When we think about summer in India, we tend to think about extreme heat, humidity, and air conditioners. Therefore, we start worrying about acne, breakouts, hyperpigmentations, and even skin cancer. With the beginning of summer, we need to change something in our skincare routine, but where to start, and what are the skincare tips during summer?
Let’s start by overviewing changes in our skin during the summer season.
Depending on the season, your skin can be impacted in different ways. First of all, you will notice that high heat and humidity make the skin produce more oil. It happens because sebaceous glands become more active, therefore clogging pores and increasing the risks of breakouts and acne. But not only do sebaceous glands start to be more active, but also the sweat glands, supporting a nurturing environment for bacteria and causing breakouts on the chest and back.
Moreover, excessive sun rays can cause pigmentation, wrinkles, leathery skin, and premature aging. Yes, there is much to consider for your skin’s health and good look. From what should we start?
Taking into account all the changes that happen with the skin during the summer, we need to respond with preventive actions instead of dealing with the consequences. For example, we need to clean our skin more often to not to give a chance for our pores to be clogged with dirt and oil. At the same time, we need to hydrate the skin because by cleaning it more often, we lose the natural oils that keep it hydrated.
The list of the main summer skincare tips for face care includes reviewing your skin products and adding new habits to your lifestyle:
These simple and quick summer skincare tips will help you support the health of any type of skin — oily, dry, or combination. Of course, special care and active substances depend on your personal needs, but the general rules listed above work for everyone. Let’s dive deep to understand the importance of every tip on the list.
It’s the most important summer skincare tip you can have. It is not negotiable that sunscreen is a must for your daily summer skin routine. This cosmetic product protects your skin from overexposure to the sun rays that damage your skin, increasing the risks of premature aging and skin cancer.
There are two types of sunscreens on the Indian market — physical and chemical. Sometimes you can also find a combination of the two types. With physical face cream for summer, you don’t need to wait until it starts working and can go out right after applying it to your skin. It simply works by creating a shield on your skin blocking sun rays. With chemical sunscreen, you must wait at least 15-20 minutes before going outside. It works by sinking into your skin and protecting your skin from the inside. The sunscreens, regardless of type, have different levels of protection marked by numbers from 15 to 100 SPF.
SPF is an acronym from the combination of the words sun protection factor. With 30 SPF, you can be out in the sun 30 times longer before sun burning. If you use 100 SPF, then it means that you can be out in the sun 100 times longer. But according to the Environmental Working Group research, SPF 30 blocks nearly 97% of ultraviolet rays, SPF 50 blocks about 98%, and SPF 100 blocks about 99%. Therefore, the difference in protection quality between 30 SPF and 100 SPF is only 2%. It means that in your day-to-day life, you mostly don’t need products with a higher SPF than 70, so as long as you have sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, you are protected.
For oily skin, choose sunscreens with green tea, tea tree extracts, and silicones because they’re not very greasy for the skin.
For dry skin, look for products with shea butter, rosehip oil, and niacinamide to brighten your skin.
If you have sensitive skin go with hypoallergenic, non-fragrant, non-paraben sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide in them. Before using it for the whole face, we recommend testing the sample to ensure that it won’t cause any damage or worsen your skin conditions.
Any sunscreen lasts for only 2-3 hours, and its effectiveness decreases with every minute of sunlight exposure from the last application. Moreover, after contact with water, UV protection wears off almost immediately. So to be fully protected, you should reapply it every 2-3 hours. To reapply sunscreen with makeup, you don’t need to remove it and reapply sunscreen and makeup every time. You have two ways to be UV protected without removing makeup:
Half of a teaspoon for your whole face. It is indeed a lot, but only this amount will give you protection from the undesirable effects of sunlight exposure. Choose products that are comfortable to wear and don’t make your skin sticky and oily with this amount.
One more sun-protecting tip: Cover yourself. No amount of sunscreen cream will give you as much protection as covering your body with clothes. Wear long sleeves and sneakers, take an umbrella with you, and cover the dupatta around your face. It will guarantee you a stable block of damaging UV rays.
Breakouts and acne are common problems during the summer. To prevent them, you must remove your makeup and wash your face with facewash right after you come home. If you wear makeup regularly, try to find time to remove it during the day at least once to wash your face with a cleanser and then reapply your makeup. It’s essential after a workout, public transportation journey, or whenever you feel that your face needs refreshment.
We also recommend decreasing the amount and intensity of makeup during the summer. You can choose products with light coverage, tinted serums or moisturizers, or don’t use foundations at all. At least those times when you do workouts or different physical activities. The basic rule is that the cleaner your skin, the less your pores clogging.
If you are asking yourself how to get clear skin naturally — you have to take care of effective skin cleansing at first. Summer cleanser should contain one of or a combination of these three ingredients:
Tea tree oil benefits include antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, reducing oiliness, and decreasing pore size. Benzoyl peroxide is also widely known for fighting bacteria on your skin and unclogging pores by exfoliating dead skin cells. Another ingredient — salicylic acid — works as peeling, shedding dead cells, reducing inflammations and consequently reducing breakouts. Other ingredients that are also good for cleansers, such as glycolic acid or lactic acid, more gently remove dirt and oil from the skin, which will be perfect for dry or sensitive skin.
The summer skincare tip for your body: To avoid breakouts of acne on the back, take a shower at least twice a day and use anti-fungal powder to absorb sweat.
Sun exposure, salt sea water, chlorine water from pool and tap, hot water, and air conditioning — all influence your skin drying and dehydration. So don’t forget to add a quality moisturizer to your skin routine. Please, don’t think that having oily skin, you don’t need to hydrate it additionally. In some cases, excessive oiliness can be caused by poor moisturizing, which consequently activates the work of sebaceous glands. If you want to choose the best face cream in summer, pay attention to its ingredients. Using hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, ceramides, and squalane in skin care products refreshes dull skin and gives a glowing look.
Hydrating is the process when you apply water-based products to your skin. It’s crucial to your skin health during the summer heat, whether sitting in the office near the air conditioner (which dries your skin relentlessly) or walking outside under the scorching sun. We recommend carrying a refreshing mist with you. You can find plenty of them to buy for every budget, or prepare one by yourself using our recipe below.
Jojoba oil is perfect for moisturizing dry and combination skin and helps your skin retain water. It also helps your skin balance the oil production and has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial benefits.
Another important summer skincare tip is to nurture your skin from the inside. For the best result, you must follow a few rules and recommendations on changing your diet during the summer. First, stay away from heaty food. Spicy, oil-fried, and street food isn’t good for your skin since they cause heating of your body, excessive sweating, and clogging of the pores. Leave it for colder seasons.
During the summer, try to consume more products with a cooling effect, such as cucumbers, greens, watermelons, melons, oranges, and apples. But try to limit very sweet and sugary fruits, such as mango, melons, pears, grapes, etc., because consuming excessive sugar (even from fruits) can also provoke acne.
If you follow all the rules from the blog post but acne still looks bad, or your skin is still dry and tired — contact a dermatologist or cosmetologist for a consultation. The professional will further diagnose your problems and choose a tailored skincare treatment to make your skin glowing and healthy again.
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