Summer is coming. , as seen by full-leaf trees, summer flowers blossoming and outdoor sports facilities reopening. Seasonal changes, however, have an impact on more than just nature. Most of us – but not all – have drier skin in the winter and less dry, or even oily, skin in the spring and summer. These climate changes may need a modification in your skincare regime. We've spoken about how to care for your skin in the winter; now let's speak about how to care for it in the summer.
1. Protect your skin from the sun
It is critical that you take care of your skin during the summer, when UV levels may wreak havoc on exposed skin. The skincare community has covered the subject ad nauseum – you should never skip sunscreen, irrespective of the season, but most importantly, during summer.
Skin cancers are the most common type of cancer among Caucasians. Though they are less frequent among people of colour, researchers from the University of Cincinnati (UC) presented study data demonstrating that dark-skinned persons are more likely to die from skin cancer than light-skinned persons at a conference of the American Academy of Dermatology. This is owing to a delay in detection or presentation, as well as the long-held belief that they do not require UV protection.
Although dark skin is more resistant to the sun's harmful rays than fair skin, people of all skin types can burn. The burn may be less obvious on dark skin, but that doesn't mean it's not dangerous. Everyone should take care to avoid sunburn and skin cancer. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two hours following the two-finger rule: two strips of sunscreen squeezed out onto the index and middle fingers from the palmar crease to the fingertips.
Wearing sunscreen is not the mainstay; you should also wear protective clothing. Hats will protect your scalp and your ears. The more skin you cover with your clothes, the greater your protection.
The skin on your lips is extremely sensitive to heat and sunlight, causing them to dry out, split, and burn. The Canadian Cancer Society recommends using a lip balm with SPF.
2. Stay hydrated
Hydration is always necessary, but it is much more important in hot and humid conditions since we lose a lot of bodily fluids from sweating. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that active adults drink at least 16 to 20 ounces of water one to two hours before engaging in outdoor activities. After physical activity, drink 6 to 12 ounces of water every 10 to 15 minutes outside.
3. Keep it cool
It’s ok to get some vitamin D, but you should be wary of getting too much. Prolonged heat exposure widens your pores, making them more prone to clogging with things like sand and sunscreen. By taking cool showers instead of hot ones after the beach, you may close your pores and minimize clogs.
Sunscreen, hot weather, sweaty nights, makeup, and all that travelling may leave our skin in desperate need of a thorough clean. Add the summer sun to the equation and you have the perfect formula to swiftly wreak havoc on sensitive skin. However, exfoliating your face and body regularly will keep your skin healthy and robust.
5. Light moisturizers
Summer is usually the season for lighter moisturizers, gels, and lotions – but even if your skin isn't as dry as it was in the winter, moisturizer is still essential. Swapping your thick winter moisturizer for a milder one will aid in the prevention of clogged pores and pimples.
Keep in mind that not everyone's skin care routine has to be adjusted depending on the weather. As the adage goes, "If it’s not broken, don't fix it." Some people are fortunate enough not to suffer from severe dryness during the winter, nor do they have to cope with feeling like a grease ball during summer. Remember that altering your routine when it isn't absolutely essential may result in breakouts or other discomfort.
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