The majority of people eagerly wait for the summer, so they can enjoy vacationing, swimming and sunbathing. That is completely understandable since summer is the only season where people can get rid of (most of) their clothes and feel free, for at least a couple of months. Unfortunately, summer means strong sun rays that can also be damaging to our skin, so it’s necessary to stay protected.
Keeping your skin hydrated is a must, so here are some ways to retain that moisture and look fresh:
1. Drink up
Even if you don’t like drinking water (yes, such people exist!), it’s crucial to keep yourself hydrated, especially during the summer, when the heat is unbearable. There’s a claim that you should consume at least 8 cups of water a day, but according to research, that’s actually not true. Your water consumption amount should also depend on your age, body weight and your diet. Besides water, you should also drink herbal teas, freshly squeezed juices and plant-based milk. Drinking sugary drinks can cause skin breakouts, so be sure to consume them in moderation. If you have a sweet tooth, it’s much better to add honey or maple syrup to your drink, instead of refined sugar. When it comes to alcohol, you can treat yourself to a glass of wine once in a while, but make sure to drink in moderation, as excessive alcohol consumption can lead to dehydration and premature aging.
2. Have a summer skin routine
Everyone knows the importance of establishing a skincare routine, but did you know that your summer skin routine should be a bit different from the one you have for the rest of the year? During the summer, your skin tends to sweat, which can lead to skin irritation and clogged pores. Therefore, it’s important to use cleansers that are strong enough to remove the impurities, yet still gentle, so they won’t cause drying and irritation. Instead of heavy butter and creams that are great for harsh winter weather, you should choose light creams that are nourishing, but not too oily. Also, make sure to exfoliate your skin at least once a week with a gentle face scrub (you can even make your own at home!).
3. Protect yourself
Summer is the season where everybody sits outside and soaks up the sun while trying to get a tan. But, it’s crucial to protect yourself from violent sunrays because besides uncomfortable burns, they can also cause other issues. Luckily, all of that can be preventable by wearing sunscreen whenever you spend time outside, even when there’s no visible sunlight. Also, if you’re already struggling with skin imperfections such as sun spots, using the right treatment can help you get rid of them. Some of those treatments can be made at home with the ingredients you already have in your kitchen, but it’s more advisable to use a professional cream or serum, especially if you’re trying to remove the spots for the first time.
4. Lay off the hot showers
Some people claim that showering with hot water can be extremely satisfying, especially during the summer. If you also prefer this, you’re not really helping your skin, since hot water can make the skin dry and cause eczema and other rashes. Instead, opt for lukewarm water as it can reduce post-shower itching and lower the skin inflammation. If you find it difficult to get used to lukewarm water, you can start showering with hot water then gradually reduce the temperature throughout the shower. Also, lukewarm or even cold water can boost your circulation and also compress blood vessels which can temporarily tighten pores and lower skin redness. Bonus benefit: Lukewarm water should be used when rinsing the shampoo or conditioner out of your hair because it can help close the hair cuticles and make your hair look shiny and smooth.
5. Apply a skin mask
Wearing a face mask at least once a month is the ultimate self-care treatment that can also keep your skin hydrated and radiant. It’s preferable to wear a face mask once a week, so your skin will get enough nourishment and care. During the summer, masks should be hydrating and cleansing at the same time, so if you can’t find anything that suits you, feel free to make them at home, using fresh ingredients from your fridge.
Summer is a time when your skin requires special care and more hydration. If you follow these steps, your skin will look replenished and fresh. Stick to a regimen that works for you, but whatever you do, always remember to protect and cherish your skin.
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