So many people prep their skin for winter because we all know we get substantially drier skin in the colder months. However, a lot of people forget that warm weather skincare is just as necessary.
Have you ever noticed how much more thirsty you are in the summer compared to the winter? That’s because your body’s natural water content evaporates more quickly in warm weather. It doesn’t stop at your mouth though, your entire body, including your skin, can feel the impact of climbing temperatures.
Although it’s often overlooked, skin is an essential organ that needs special attention and care. After all, not only does your skin tell the true story of your health and age, it provides a protective barrier to the rest of your body.
Keeping your skin supple, soft, and well-hydrated helps ensure it doesn’t dry and crack, which is just as possible during the warm summer months as winter. Here are a few tips that we’ve found to work for us that we thought may be helpful for you too:
Warm Weather Skincare Tricks
Cut down your tub time.
Between workouts, beach days, and plain old summer sweat, many of us shower more than once a day during the summer. It is recommended that you keep showers short, around four to five minutes. Over-showering, or showering in water that is too hot, can lead to over-drying your skin, leading to inflammation and even summertime eczema. And during the time you want to show a little more skin that’s not fun for anyone.
Lighten up your warm weather skincare routine.
The heat and humidity of summer mean you can swap out a heavier cleanser (think cream or oil cleanser) in favor of a gentle, foaming option. Creamy cleansers leave a residue of fats and lipids on the skin that are essential in the winter because you have a compromised skin barrier, but you don’t need it in the warmer months as it can clog the pores.
Sprinkle in some exfoliation sessions.
Dermatologists are constantly reminding us not to over-exfoliate, so much that we try to refrain from ever doing it. However, during the summer exfoliation is the name of the game. If you have oily skin, dermatologists suggest incorporating “more exfoliation” into your skin-care routine. That doesn’t mean a daily dose of all your favorite acids, but try slowly increasing the number of days you exfoliate per week.
A moisturizer is vital to protect your skin in summer. You can choose a non-greasy formula based on your skin type. But look for ingredients like antioxidants like vitamins A and C. If it has SPF, even better. It is best to apply a moisturizer immediately after your bath.
Use proper sunscreen.
Sunscreen application (and re-application) aren’t just for the pool or beach areas. Wear sunscreen daily – even if you’re just driving or riding in the car. The sun’s UV-A and UV-B rays can be very harsh. Besides giving you a stubborn tan, they can cause premature aging, age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. A good sunscreen with SPF 30-50 is vital for warm weather skincare for all skin types, even if you stay indoors most of the time.
Drink more water & fruit juices.
Your water intake in summer should increase. Similar to upping your water intake, you can increase your body’s overall water content by eating the right kinds of foods. Many types of produce have a high percentage of water, like berries, melon, cucumbers, and zucchini. Drinking water helps to flush the toxins from the body and hydration can also help skin recover after a sunburn — but we know you’re all too smart to get those in the first place.
We all want to stay looking young as long as possible, and these tips will help you drink from the fountain of youth. Be sure to incorporate these tricks not only this summer but every summer to come – you’ll thank me later!