Great skin year-round starts with a robust at-home skincare regimen. While its good practice to update your routine at the transition between seasons, the switch from spring to summer is an especially important time to refresh your routine. Long days outside in the sun, humid weather and dry heat can all compromise different aspects of your skin. Without proper care, these external factors can accelerate the aging process, leaving you looking older than you really are.
Luckily, you can protect your skin this summer by including these easy tips into your skincare routine.
Protect Yourself with SPF
Summer often mean long days spent outside. While this may sound like the perfect summer weekend, extended sun exposure can lead to lasting skin damage, causing the aging process to accelerate. This can also increase a person’s risk of developing skin cancer. To protect your skin and prevent aging, invest and use sunscreen or lotion with an SPF greater than 30.
Sunscreen is one step towards preventing skin cancer and sun damage. Another technique to include this summer is to keep skin covered with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. While these may not offer the same coverage as a sunscreen, they’ll certainly protect the more vulnerable parts of your face. Planning on spending a long day at the beach? Keep skin covered with a lightweight skim cover to help reduce the chances of sunburn and lasting sun damage.
Stay Hydrated with Serums and Gels
While the terms may be used interchangeably, there is a difference between staying moisturized and being hydrated. During the winter, there tends to be a focus on moisturizing to keep water locked in cells. Once the weather starts to warm up, skin cells can become dehydrated, causing them to shrivel. This causes fine lines and blemishes to appear more prominently and may accelerate the overall appearance of aging. To prevent this, we recommend switching heavy oils and creams with serums or gels – these are lightweight and can help skin stay clear and well hydrated.
Drink plenty of water
In addition to hydrating skin from the outside, upping your water intake during the summer is another vital step in keeping skin looking its best. Hot weather combined with AC units at full power can quickly dry skin out. Drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fruits and vegetables with high water content can be the perfect solution to staying hydrated.
Don’t Forget the Lips
When it comes to hydration and protection from the sun, the lips are often the most neglected. However, the thin skin of your smile makes this part of the face more susceptible to drying out and becoming dehydrated. Protect your lips by using a lip balm with SPF and reapply regularly.
Don’t Over Exfoliate
As weather warms, we inevitably sweat more. This can make is especially tempting at the end of each day to deep clean our skin with heavy exfoliants. However, this tempting option can often have the reverse effect on skin, making it create more sebum or oil and increasing the likelihood of outbreaks. To help minimize potential pimples, we recommend keeping exfoliation to at most twice a week
Focus on Your Eyes
Like your lips, the skin around your eyes is thin and vulnerable to sun and environmental factors. A lightweight, antioxidant rich eye cream can help protect skin and keep your eyes looking bright every day.
Stay Dry with Matte, Lightweight Makeup
Heavy foundation can irritate skin on a hot day and melt off, making women feel less than stellar in their appearance. Keep makeup in place and skin comfortable by switching to matte powder or lightweight, tinted moisturizer instead.
Switch to Cool Showers
After a long day outside, cool showers can feel fantastic. Even better, they can help keep skin clear and minimize excess sweating by helping cool down your body’s internal temperature.
Get the Pros Involved
In some cases, it’s best to start with a clean slate. Certain professional treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peel can be excellent treatments for refreshing skin before the summer is fully underway.
Start Your Journey at Aria DermSpa
At Aria DermSpa, we know great skin. Discover the right techniques for your skin type and upgrade your skincare routine by starting with a visit to our specialist, Dr. Lisa Donofrio. Beginning with your first consultation, our experienced dermatologist will guide you through your treatment options and help you craft the right at home routine for you. Get started today by calling (203) 421-6674.