With the summer heat in full swing, it’s important to take extra care of your skin to keep it hydrated and healthy. Exposure to the sun, high temperatures, and humidity can lead to dryness and damage.
In this blog post, we’ll explore some simple and practical tips to help you maintain hydrated skin throughout the summer season.
Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated from within is key to maintaining healthy skin. Drinking adequate volumes of water throughout the day will replenish lost moisture due to sweating. Aim for at least eight glasses of water daily.
Water helps flush out toxins from your body, contributing to clearer skin. It also aids in the absorption of essential nutrients that promote skin health.
If you’re active or spend much time outdoors, increase your water intake to stay hydrated.
Use a gentle cleanser
Choose a mild, hydrating cleanser that doesn’t strip natural oils from your skin. Look for products with moisturising ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid.
Avoid harsh soaps or cleansers with strong fragrances, as they can disrupt the natural balance of your skin and cause further dryness.
Ultimately, remember to use a cleanser specifically formulated for your skin type.
Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is crucial for maintaining hydration. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, even on cloudy days. The suns UV exposure is the largest cause of aging, therefore protecting your skin will ensure you stay hydrated and youthful for longer.
Apply it generously to all exposed areas of your body, and reapply every two hours, especially if you’re sweating or swimming. I recommend using SPF designed for your face and at least factor 50, especially when on holiday. Some body sun creams can irritate my eyes and these days you can get some really great facial ones that leave you looking glowy and have added skincare benefits – making you so hydrated and plump!
Invest in a good quality moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. Look for products with ingredients like shea butter, ceramides, or aloe vera, which help lock in moisture.
Different parts of your body have different hydration needs. Use a thicker moisturiser or body butter for dry areas like elbows, knees, and heels.
For your face, opt for a facial moisturiser specifically designed for the skin on your face, as it is often lighter in texture and easily absorbed.
Apply moisturiser to damp skin after washing your face to seal hydration. Alongside this, I suggest adding hyaluronic acid serum into your skincare routine once your face is damp as the chemistry of the products require the moisture to work – which is one of the main things I see people doing wrong!
For added moisture, use a hydrating face mask once or twice a week.
Take shorter cooler showers
While a hot shower may be tempting, it can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness. Opt for shorter showers with lukewarm water to avoid excessive moisture loss.
After showering, gently pat your skin dry and apply a moisturiser while your skin is still slightly damp.
Get a skin booster treatment
Consider incorporating a skin booster, such as hyaluronic acid, into your skincare routine. Skin boosters provide an extra dose of hydration and help improve your skin’s ability to retain moisture.
These give more effective and longer-lasting results than any serum or moisturiser.
Wear lightweight and breathable clothing
Choose lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen during hot summer days. These materials allow your skin to breathe and reduce the chances of sweat and moisture being trapped against your skin, which can lead to irritation and breakouts.
Additionally, consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when you’re out in the sun. These accessories provide shade, protect your face from harmful UV rays and also help prevent excessive sweating and moisture loss.
Keeping your skin hydrated during the summer doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following these simple tips, you can maintain a healthy, glowing complexion all season long.
Remember to drink plenty of water, use gentle cleansers and moisturisers, protect your skin with sunscreen, and consider skin boosters for that deeper hydration boost.
Enjoy the summer while keeping your skin happy and hydrated!