The weather affects our skin in different ways and it is important to adapt your skin care and makeup regime to be weather friendly. Here are my top skincare tips for how to get the best out of your skin this summer.
We all know that we have to protect our skin from harmful UV rays. Whilst using a high SPF is advised, some people prefer not to have such a thick cream on their face all day long. Try looking at moisturisers or foundations that have a built in SPF. It is recommended to have SPF20 or above in order to get optimum protection.
It is advisable when using a heavier day cream with added SPF, to properly cleanse in the evening to prevent blocked pores. Adding a double cleanse into your routine allows the dirt on the skin to be washed off in the initial cleanse, and then allows a proper cleanse of the skin the second time round. This will ensure your skin isn't clogged.
Using a face scrub is another good measure to take when applying a thicker cream to your face. Exfoliating regularly is an effective way to stop a build up in the pores. As well as removing any dry or damaged skin cells, this technique will make your skin more radiant. It is advisable to exfoliate twice a week as anymore than this could potentially damage the skin, which may leave it prone to sensitivity. The trick with exfoliating is not to scrub harder, but for longer.
Toning our skin is designed to tighten pores to stop dirt from getting in. In the summer, my recommendation would be to swap your usual toner with a facial mist, as this will do the same job but can be used throughout the day to help rejuvenate the skin when it is warm. A great tip is to leave it in the fridge to give a cooling sensation when you mist it on, and it can also be used over makeup to hold it in place.
When you have been in the sun, it is important to allow your skin some cooling down time. After being exposed to UV rays, try swapping your regular body cream to an aloe vera gel to help cool down the skin which will activate the healing process due to intense hydration properties.
Your skin repairs itself at night, so using a product is a great time to help boost the process. Using a night oil can help nourish the deeper layers of skin as well as the ones on the surface. Facial oils can help balance out the skins natural oil levels and nourish any particular dry patches.