6 Natural Ways To Boost Your Summer Skincare Routine

Just as the seasons change, our skincare routine needs to change, too. Different seasons bring different challenges to our bodies, and some can be quite cruel on our skin. During the winter, we deal with dry air, relentlessly attacking the moisture levels in our skin…and the summer is no better!

A little bit of vitamin D from the sun is good for us, but it is also wise to implement ways of protecting yourself from the summer threats [1]. We all know that the sun’s UV rays can be extremely harmful to our skin, but did you know that isn’t the only negative attacker that could be damaging your body?

Summertime brings with it countless barbeques, plenty of alcohol and longer days sitting out in the direct sunshine – which all add up to a dehydrated and tired version of yourself. So finding natural ways of protecting yourself is important during these dry, summer months.

Take a look at some of the easy and natural tips to improve your summer skin care routine, and leave your skin feeling and looking glorious…

1. Drink Plenty of Water

I know, I know, it seems too obvious, but keeping your body hydrated is the most important thing to do during hot summer days. Not only will water help your body function but it will do wonders for your skin too. After all, hydrated skin is happy skin.

You see, we sweat a lot more in the hotter temperatures, which means our bodies are losing a lot of liquid, leaving us vulnerable to dehydration. The more water you drink, the easier it will be for your body to cope with the hotter environment without having to take water from other parts of your body, like your skin.

Related: Dehydration Is Aging Your Skin Faster

2. Exfoliate

We all know that exfoliating is important when it comes to skincare, but when exposed to the sun, you might want to rethink your routine. Although it is necessary to help remove all the grit and dirt forced into your pores from the countless lotions and potions we apply to protect us from the sun, there is a bit of confusion when it comes to how often you should exfoliate during the summer.

If you’re planning to spend a lot of time tanning under the rays of the sun, you’re best off skipping a few scrubbing sessions. Exfoliating removes any dead cells, leaving behind younger, more vulnerable skin  – not great to leave exposed to the harmful UV rays! Whereas if you're someone who takes to the shade, or pops on a large hat to protect you, you should still be okay to keep your skin care routine the same.

3. Take Care In The Sun

There are more ways of protecting your skin from the sun than just sunscreen. Although the benefits of sunscreen are extremely important, as it can help protect you from harmful UV rays that result in wrinkles, fine lines and potential illnesses such as skin cancer, you can find other, natural ways to be sun safe. Simply keeping out of direct sunlight or wearing a hat can help give your skin that extra bit of protection from the damaging sunshine.

TIP: Just because you have a full face of make-up on, it doesn’t mean your face is protected. Apply a thin layer of a high SPF lotion to your face before you apply your makeup. This will give you extra protection throughout the day.

4. Moisturize 

Although the air is warmer, your skin will not get as dry as it does in the cool winter months, so it is wise to keep your moisturizer light and sparing. Coating your skin is layers of moisturizer will just leave you feeling clogged and caky – not how you want to be feeling when the temperatures are high.

When you’re in and out of the water, whether on vacation or playing with the kids in the pool, try to apply a layer of moisturizer to your body. Chlorine can really dry out your skin, so making sure you’re applying a bit of lotion to your body when you’re out of the water will help your skin from cracking and becoming flaky.

5. Keep Clean

During the summer months, washing your face at least twice a day is important. Why? When we are in the sun, we apply sunscreen frequently, and the lotion and chemicals are slipping into our pours. Although the cream will protect us from the sun, we need to make sure that we wash it off at the end of the day. With the application of makeup and sunscreen (and sweating more), our pours can get clogged, leaving us vulnerable to breakouts – the last thing you want when you're looking for that summer glow!

Washing your face in the morning and at night is beneficial, helping to clean out your pores. Simply continue your normal skincare routine – cleanse, tone & moisturize, too, and you will be able to keep your skin healthy and clog free!

6. Diet

Let’s face it, as soon as the weather warms up, we end up attending parties, barbeques and spending a lot of our time outside eating and drinking things that aren’t that good for us. But remember, while the sun is shining, there will be an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables for you to indulge in.

Pretty much all fruit and veg contain high levels of water, meaning they will help support your bodies levels of hydration – so you don’t just have to rely on drinking glass after glass each day! Not only will the fresh food help keep you from dehydrating, but the cool temperatures of the veg and fruit will keep you chilled on the inside, too.

Final Thoughts

Taking care of your skin all year round is very important and knowing how to look after it throughout the different seasons is key to keeping your skin safe from harmful external factors. Applying these 6 easy steps into your beauty routine or daily life will not only help keep your skin looking youthful, healthy and radiant, but it will also support your skin through the aggressors brought on by the summer months.

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