6 Good Skincare Habits for the Summer


Top Tips for Better Skin this Summer 

Summer is right around the corner (well, it's kind of already here), which means it's time to do a few changes for my skin to look its best! Summertime is definitely when I struggle the most with my skin because it's all about how the weather is on certain days and how that's going to impact my skin. If there's a time where I don't have a set skincare routine, it would be during the summer. 

I've definitely noticed that there are some habits I picked up during the summer that help make my skin look and feel a lot better, even after a hot, sweaty day.

Drink Water - Stay Hydrated

No, drinking more water is not going to clear your acne or make any skin miracles happen but it's the first step to having hydrating skin. You can use all the moisturiser that you want, if you water intake isn't good, your skin is always going to lack moisture. 

Drinking more water will hydrate your skin (and your body), it's also going to make your skin more plump and help you appear healthier. Your body also needs this water to function properly, as someone who has passed out from dehydration, I never go anywhere without a water bottle and always make sure I drink a lot of water before I go anywhere. The downside is that it makes you want to pee every 10 minutes, but I'd rather have to pee than pass out ever again. 


Apply and Reapply SPF

By now, it's no secret that I have an unhealthy obsession with sunscreen, I feel like I could bore people for hours talking about sunscreen. In the summer, I get the feeling that people are better about wearing their sunscreen, although you should be wearing it daily, even during the shortest winter days. But in the summer, the UV rays, especially the UVB rays are really strong and out to damage your skin.

In the morning when you get ready, make sure you apply a generous amount of sunscreen on your face and your décolleté. Ideally, you'd want to reapply SPF every two hours. If you wear makeup, the best way to do this would be with a good SPF spray or stick. If your whole body is out in the sun, you also need to protect your body from the sun. 


Stay in the shade as much as you can

Now I know this is a hard one, especially if you live in the UK or in a climate where it's this nice and sunny for only a few months in the year. But try to stay in the shade as much as you can! Believe me, just because you stay in the shade, doesn't mean you're not going to tan, the UV rays will also find you. Going in the sun to tan is not great for your skin and lead to some pretty bad damages that might be difficult to reverse depending on how your skin is doing. 
 

Moisturise your face and body

Going back to being moisturised and nourished, the sun and the dry warm air are more likely to dehydrate your skin, so you want to make sure you're moisturising, especially at the end of the day after being out. That goes for your face but also your body, nobody likes to have dry flakey skin! 

I also like to carry a water vaporiser around on really hot days to refresh my skin and keep moisture in my skin. These are great to keep your skin cool and give them a boost of hydration if your skin is feeling really dry. 
 

Switch up your products for the summer

Just like the environment, our skin changes and reacts differently to the different seasons, so you want to make sure you're adapting your skincare routine to the seasons. This all depends on your skin type of course but this is how things for me: 

My skin gets pretty oily, so I switch up to a cleanser for oily skin to make sure my pores don't start clogging. It's happened before and I've definitely learned my lesson. I also usually use a sunscreen lotion, I've been using the Supergoop Play Everyday and honestly that covers both my moisturiser and my SPF. If I use both, I can really tell that I look like a disco ball my midday. 
  

Exfoliate 

As we get older, our skin's cell turnover is not as fast, which means that it takes longer for our skin to renew itself and dead skin cells usually linger on our skin for longer. That can lead to pore clogging and breaking out.

In the summer, with all the sweat that usually stays on our face and then gets back into our pores, we're more prone to breaking out. That's why you want to make sure you're (chemically) exfoliating twice or three times a week - again this all depends on how your skin is doing. I personally don't like physical exfoliants, I think most people don't use them correctly and they're more prone to damaging your skin rather than actually making it better. 
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