Some of us Kiwis are not predisposed to gaining instant bronze status as soon as summer hits us. It takes a little work, especially after our skin has spent winter in merino induced hibernation.
But there are a few summer skin care tips you can use to ease your skin’s venture into the open.
Change your routine
Your skin type may change from season to season. Stick with your cleanse, tone and moisturise options but change the products you use. Those who have normal to dry skin in winter may have combination to oily skin in the summer. You may also experience blocked pores because the sun can stimulate sebum production. This can be increased by the sunscreen you will wear so make sure to clean your face thoroughly each day and exfoliate at least once a week. This will remove dullness on the skin as well as help prevent blocked pores by removing dead skin cells.
The natural changes that occur in the skin over time are accelerated by UV rays from the sun and sunbeds. This results in premature wrinkling, age spots, droopy and sagging skin, yellowish tints and broken blood vessels. These are the permanent consequences of a tan that may only last a week, it is not worth it. An SPF 30 is essential. Stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm and don’t forget sunglasses to protect the delicate skin around the eyes which is susceptible to wrinkles.
Drink plenty of water. You need it even more in the summer to replace what you lose through sweat. If you’re thirsty you are already dehydrated, and dehydration means dry skin. No amount of moisturiser will give you that healthy glow if you’re not hydrated from the inside out.
Avoid the harmful effects of the sun and unsightly burns with a little self-tan. Preparation is the key to keeping things even. Slough away dead skin cells with an exfoliation beforehand, especially on elbows and knees. Wear a tanning mitt or latex gloves for application to the body, and apply a little to the backs of hands with cotton pads.
Keep skin clean, smooth, hydrated and protected this summer. Effective summer skin care will prevent blemishes and dryness in the short term and help off-set signs of premature ageing.