Summer is around the corner and as we leave the pandemic behind we can once again make plans to enjoy the season! Summer brings with it unique requirements to keep your skin safe and happy. In this article you can learn some skincare tips to consider whether you want to spend your summer on days by the pool or enjoying pampering spa days.
Stay Safe from the Sunshine
You’ve probably heard it all before; wear sunscreen and avoid too much direct sunlight. What you may not know is that you should be applying sunscreen even if you’re not out and about in the sun. UV rays can damage your skin even when you’re in the shade, so it's best to be safe and apply it regardless of where you are going. Also, remember to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours as it can lose effectiveness, especially if you’re sweating or swimming. It’s also best not to solely rely on sunscreen; protective clothing will help you stay safe from skin diseases and premature aging. Speaking of clothing, it is a good idea to wear light, breathable fabrics during Summer to keep sweating and rashes at bay.
If you do accidentally stay out in the sun too long during your day by the pool and get a little burned, avoid swimming in chlorinated water for some time as it can cause further irritation. Remedies such as drinking chamomile tea and applying aloe vera gel to your skin are simple ways to help your skin recover from sunburn. Drink lots of water and make sure you don’t wear tight clothing, as it can damage your skin while it heals. Using moisturiser is also important during the recovery period, as long as the products do not contain fragrances or dyes.
Don’t Forget Your Eyes
You will most likely experience the sun’s stronger rays during the Summer more often, so be sure not to forget the damage they can cause to your eye area! Wear sunglasses to prevent constant squinting in the bright light which will cause premature sagging and wrinkles in your eye area. Also, remember that the skin around your eyes is more delicate so it requires specialised eye products to stay hydrated and clear. You may also want to try undereye eye patches to help reduce any swelling or irritation.
Be Kind to Your Skin
If you enjoy more active vacation experiences like hiking, camping and sports, be mindful that your skin is usually more sensitive during hot weather. This makes it more prone to getting bumps, scrapes, bruises and rashes. As a result, you may consider switching to shower and skincare products that cater to more sensitive skin. These tend to be less likely to cause irritation, and will help calm your skin down if it becomes inflamed.
Keeping Oil Under Control
Oily skin can be a stressful problem to tackle at any time, but combined with the Summer heat and the excitement of keeping your vacation on track can lead to more oil production and breakouts. An effective cleansing routine cannot be forgotten, even if you can’t wait to explore or get to bed at the end of a long day.
It’s also important not to go overboard and over-cleanse your skin, as this can encourage even more oil production. If you know you’ll be showering more often due to the weather or swimming sessions, pack a lightweight moisturiser (gels, serums and water-based are often effective). Lightweight moisturisers keep your skin hydrated despite excessive washing or time in the sea, without clogging your pores and making breakouts worse (unlike some heavier creams). Regular (but not excessive!) exfoliation will also keep pores clear of sweat, dead skin cells and oil.
Ready, Set Your Makeup, Go!
Enjoying Summer nightlife or special dinners comes with a unique concern; melting makeup! Excess heat and humidity can cause makeup to shift, smudge or crack. After you first apply your makeup, consider using a setting spray to secure your hard work. Special setting sprays exist that are designed to shield your look from sweat, and some even contain UV protection! Setting sprays even help your makeup look more blended, so it's definitely a win-win. If you have very dry skin, look out for setting sprays with a lower alcohol content. While alcohol helps the setting spray evaporate quickly, it can inadvertently dry out your skin in the process.
It goes without saying that you should increase your intake of water during Summer, especially while on your vacation in Malta. You may get distracted while enjoying your time off and forget to drink water, which may lead to dehydration and dry skin. Keep a small bottle of water with you whenever you leave your home or hotel, and you may even try an app to remind you to drink water regularly.
Cool Showers are Your Friend
Summer vacations may mean showering multiple times a day. It is important to keep skin clear of sweat, and help it stay cool after a long day out in the sun. Showering is also important to wash away chlorine from pool water and salt from the sea. Leaving chlorine on your skin can actually make you tan and burn quicker, so be careful! Cool showers are great for re-energising you as well, and cool water is a simple and effective way of helping skin stay younger for longer.
We hope you have found some of the tips provided in this article to be useful. We wish you some well-earned vacation time that can be spent doing the things you love, while you enjoy happy, well-cared for skin!
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