Even though recent studies suggest Irish women adopt a skincare routine, 9 in 10 of them are still unhappy with their skin. Dryness was the most frequent complaint, followed by dull skin, dark undereye circles, and redness.
Nowadays, women aren't just looking for skin care product options, but they want vegan, cruelty-free, and targeted beauty products to suit their specific skin tone. If you are wondering what you should do to improve your summer skincare routine, you are in the right place.
Keep reading for some tips that should get you that summer glow you seek.
- Use Sun Protection without Fail
No matter which skin guru or dermatologist you speak to, this is the first and foremost thing they will tell you. Sun protection cream (SPF 50+) is paramount when spending oodles of time outdoors in the summertime.
How much sunscreen should you be using? Put a strip of sunscreen both on your index finger and middle finger and that's how much you need to put on your face. And a shot glass full of sunscreen should suffice for your body.
If you haven't been using this much sunscreen already, then you aren't getting enough protection and that's probably why you haven't gotten that summer glow yet. Put on sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you are about to head out the door so it has time to settle and get absorbed into your skin properly.
Also, don't forget to reapply every 2 hours. Yes, you might be distracted by the hottie sitting at the pool and you think you don't have time to slather on sunscreen, but your older self will thank you for this consideration.
- Tack-on Sun Protective Accessories as Well
If you are going to go out golfing, surfing, or any other outdoor activity like that, then you will want to invest in some sun protective accessories as well. This could be something as simple as a light long-sleeved UPF hoodie that you can use to cover up your arms and shoulders.
Or it could be a supplement that enhances UV light protection.
Don't leave home without your sunglasses, since the area around your eyes is the most delicate skin on your body. Of course, you are going to ensure to put your eye cream on day and night, but sunglasses can give you that added protection when you are outside.
- Don’t Forget to Protect Your Scalp
A hat is a must when you are adventuring outside, especially during the hot midday sun. If you can't avoid going outside from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., then you need to wear a hat so your scalp and hair are protected from the sun's rays.
There are lots of stylish hats on the market, so you don't have to look frumpy or dull when donning a cap or hat. A baseball cap also helps shield your eyes and part of your face from the sun, and it can be quite chic when worn with an activewear set.
- Wash Your Face Properly Every Day
When it's hotter outside, you are going to sweat that much more. Also, you are going to be touching your face more frequently as well. And there will be pollution residue that will land on your face and stick to your sunscreen like glue.
All this icky stuff needs to be washed off your face every single day. You will probably have to wash your face once in the morning before putting on moisturizer and other skincare products. And then you will also have to wash your face once at night before you fall asleep.
Pick a face wash that works with your skin type, ensuring your skin doesn't feel too tight or dry after washing it.
- Lighten Up Your Moisturiser for Skincare
Since you don't need as much moisturizing in the summertime, because it's not as dry as in the wintertime, you can ease up on your moisturiser. Unless you have extremely dry skin, you will probably notice that your winter moisturiser feels too heavy on your face during the summer.
Find a lighter moisturiser that has a gel-like consistency, or is more watery, so your skin doesn't feel overwhelmed. Our Women’s daily moisturiser would be ideal for your daily needs.
- Don’t Overdo the Exfoliation
Your skin is facing much harsher conditions in the summertime, as you will be exposed to the sun's rays for longer and you will probably be spending more time in chlorinated pools or salty oceans.
In general, your skin is dealing with a lot already. That's why avoid exfoliating your skin too much during the summertime or maybe even apply a milder cleanser such as our Cream Cleanser which would help hydrate and enrich your skin.
This applies particularly to your facial skin. On the other hand, if you are going to wear a lot of bikinis, you will need to exfoliate your body at least once a week to ensure it looks bikini-ready.
Gauge what frequency works best for you. If your skin gets too red after exfoliation, you are scrubbing too hard and you need to ease up.
- If You Get Sunburned, Apply Aloe Vera Immediately
Hopefully, you are wearing sunscreen and reapplying every 2 hours. But despite your best efforts, you might still end up with a sunburn. In that case, do not delay and apply aloe vera right away.
Also, avoid irritating the burn by wearing tight clothes or putting on something that rubs against the burned area. Give your skin the additional care and love it needs and avoid getting sunburned twice in the same spot. It's terrible for your skin to get burned even once but twice is just overkill.
Summer Skincare Requires a Change from Routine
You can't use the same daily skincare routine you used in the wintertime for the summer as well. Summer skincare is a whole different ballgame, and requires you to change your tactics.
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