The last days of summer are upon us! Although officially we still have a month of this season, these days can just fly by really fast! If you have not changed your skin care routine, now is the time to do so and rearrange your skin care routine so your skin is better protected from the harsh effects that the summer season brings with it.
- Bruce Lee once said “Be water my friend”. But you don’t have to be water, you just need to love water and drink enough of it. You should keep the skin hydrated from the inside by drinking enough water everyday. Water will cool you down and keep your body hydrated!
- In the morning take a quick shower or bath to cleanse the skin. Use a mild cleanser for your face. Moisturise right after stepping out of the shower. A great moisturiser to use is the Moroccan Argan oil. The oil contains essential fatty acids, Sterols and Vitamin E which help lock in moisture to the skin. Vitamin E is also a potent antioxidant and the oil comes with other antioxidants such as Ferulic acid, Polyphenols and Carotenoids. These antioxidants in the oil will protect the skin from the harsh effects of the sun’s UV rays.
- Do not forget to lather on a good amount of sunscreen lotion all over exposed skin. Choose a sunscreen lotion with broad-spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 15 or 30. Do not forget to reapply after about 2 hours or even before that especiallty if you have sweated out buckets. So keep your sunscreen lotion handy.
- Don’t forget to protect your puckers too! Your lips need protecting from the harsh effects of the summer season. Your lips is skin too. Wear a lipstick or lip balm with sun protection.
- Immediately shower or bathe after swimming in the ocean or chlorinated pools. Salt and chlorine will dry out the skin so best to wash them off before they do your skin any damage.
- Even if you are on a holiday, it does not mean that your skin care routine will take a holiday too. Remember to stay indoors during the hours when the sun’s UV rays are at its peak. Don’t bask under the sun nor should you get a tan from tanning beds. Tanning beds emit UV rays just like those from the sun. UV rays are damaging to the skin and have been known to skin cancer. So do your best to minimise your exposure to UV rays.
- Before retiring to bed, remember to wash your skin and apply moisturiser.
Follow these simple skin care tips this summer season and you are sure to come out with healthy and still beautiful skin!