The sun is out and the days are getting hotter and hotter. When I wake-up to this kind of weather the first thing that comes to my mind is: ''beach! or....off to get some tan!'' and I'm sure most of you do the same ;) However, along with the Summer weather come high humidity levels, frequent sun exposure and outdoor activities that increase our risks of skin cancer and other common conditions such as acne, dry skin and sunburn. The latter can be easily prevented with a bit of extra time and effort during our normal skin care routine.
Here are some easy steps you can follow on a daily basis:
Wash your skin twice daily (more often if you become sweaty) with a mild soap and warm water to remove perspiration and prevent body odour and acne breakouts. Avoid bathing in very hot water, as this will increase dryness and skin irritation.
Exfoliate with a fine-grained exfoliant or sponge two to three times each week to remove dead skin cells, prevent clogged pores and reduce the likelihood of ingrown hairs caused by frequent Summer shaving.
Use a good cleanser to prevent clogged pores and acne, a problem that is more common during the summer due to increased oil production by the skin. Removing make-up and use skin care products before going to bed.
Wear sunscreen SPF 30+ anytime you step outside, to prevent sunburn and reduce your risk of premature ageing, pigmentation and skin cancer.
Prevent peeling from sunburn by taking a cool shower as soon as you come indoors and then applying aloe vera or a moisturising lotion to burned skin.
Keep your skin moist by rinsing chlorine and saltwater off your skin after swimming, using a daily moisturising ointment and wearing natural fabrics to encourage air circulation against your skin.
Change wet clothes promptly and wear antiperspirant to prevent skin irritation and control sweating during hot summer months.
Love Aly xx