Summer is generally associated with spending carefree time with friends and family around the pool or at the beach. However, swimming and sunbathing will unfortunately cause skin to become extremely dry – which can result in premature aging. If you’re keen to keep your skin hydrated and radiant this summer, you’ll be able to do so by implementing the following measures.
Your skin loses a significant amount of moisture due to the summer heat, so it’s essential to hydrate it regularly. As such, it’s strongly recommended that you use a good quality moisturizer that has been formulated for the type of skin you have. Applying it just after showering when your skin is still slightly damp will ensure that as much benefit as possible is obtained from its soothing ingredients.
Cleanse and Exfoliate
Your face should be thoroughly cleansed twice a day and scrubbed twice to three times a week to ensure that dirt and grime are thoroughly removed from pores. This step is crucial for ensuring that your skin will be able to get the most benefit possible from any lotions and facial products you intend using.
Lather on that Sunscreen
Regardless of whether you’re spending time in the shade or the sun outdoors, sunscreen is crucial to protect your skin and prevent the development in carcinoma and melanoma. When applying, ensure that it is spread liberally and that all areas of exposed skin are covered well. If your facial skin is usually sensitive, you may need to use a sunscreen product that has been formulated with hypoallergenic ingredients to prevent rashes and breakouts.
Use Hydrating Masks
Although several facial masks are available these days, it’s important to choose those that contain the right ingredients to nourish your skin and replenish moisture that has been lost. Opt for ingredients like natural aloe Vera, Vitamins A, C and E and honey wherever possible.
Replenish Water and Electrolytes Regularly
One of the easiest ways to help ensure that your skin receives the hydration it needs during summer is to drink pure water. Drinking at least eight glasses of water per day and increasing your intake of fruit during those hot lazy days will help provide your skin with the hydration it desperately needs.
If you’ve been active outdoors, chances are that you’ll need to replenish your electrolytes as well. While sports drinks such as Gatorade contain them, they also contain large amounts of sugar – which in itself is also dehydrating to the body. An excellent source of electrolytes is coconut water, which should be consumed in addition to plain water.
Incorporating the above-mentioned tips into your summer schedule will not only help keep you hydrated; over time, your skin will thank you for the care it’s been given by being less prone to developing wrinkles, fine lines and age spots as you get older. Contact our spa today if you would like to learn more about providing your skin with the professional care it needs to remain looking youthful for as long as possible.