Sun-Safe Skincare: Your Guide to Protecting Your Skin This Summer
By Erin Patterson
As the sun shines brighter and the days grow longer, summer is finally upon us. Amid the joy of beach trips, barbecues, and sun-soaked relaxation, your skincare routine might be the last thing on your mind. But, just as you wouldn't leave your house without your sunglasses, your skin needs its own summer armor. Let’s dive into the science of summer skincare, and make this season a sun-safe one!
Understanding the Sun
Before we embark on this journey, let's understand what we're up against. The sun emits two types of rays - UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin, leading to premature aging and pigmentation. UVB rays, on the other hand, cause sunburns and are a key player in skin cancers.
Summer's higher temperatures also lead to increased perspiration and sebum production, which can clog pores and cause breakouts. Throw in potential dehydration from the heat, and it's clear that your skin might need a little extra attention this season.
A Sun-safe Skincare Routine
To keep your skin glowing throughout the summer months, it's important to revise your skincare routine. Here's your step-by-step guide:
Cleansing: The increased oil and sweat in summer necessitates a good cleansing routine. Opt for a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser that removes impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oils.
Exfoliation: Dead skin cells can accumulate, leading to dull-looking skin and clogged pores. An exfoliator, used 1-2 times a week, can help you maintain fresh and vibrant skin. However, remember to be gentle, as excessive exfoliation can cause skin irritation.
Hydration: A well-hydrated skin is a happy skin. In summer, switch to a lightweight, water-based moisturizer that keeps your skin hydrated without making it oily.
Sunscreen: This is your skin's best friend during summer. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays, and apply it generously every 2 hours.
Antioxidants: Introduce your skin to the protective power of antioxidants. They neutralize free radicals, unstable molecules that can cause damage to your skin cells. Our Supreme Antioxidant Serum, rich in antioxidants, is an excellent addition to your summer skincare routine!
Your Summer Skincare Toolkit
To complement your skincare routine, consider the following summer skin tips:
Wear protective clothing: A wide-brimmed hat and UV-protective sunglasses can provide additional protection for your face.
Seek shade: Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm, when the sun's rays are at their strongest.
Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to maintain your skin's hydration levels from the inside out.
While summer poses some unique challenges to our skin, a little preparation goes a long way. Equipping ourselves with the right knowledge and products ensures our skin can thrive alongside us.
Here's to a happy, healthy summer skin!