As the summer heat intensifies, maintaining hydrated and healthy skin becomes a top priority. The combination of heat, humidity, and prolonged sun exposure can cause dehydration, leading to dryness, irritation, and premature aging. By incorporating these 4 essential tips into your daily regimen, you can ensure your skin remains moisturized, supple, and glowing all season long. Check them out below!
1. Hydrate from Within
In addition to external skincare, it’s crucial to stay hydrated from within. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to replenish moisture lost due to heat and sweating. Aim for at least eight glasses a day and consider carrying a reusable water bottle wherever you go. Boost your hydration by consuming water-rich foods such as watermelon, cucumber, and citrus fruits. By maintaining optimal hydration levels, you can support your skin’s natural barrier function and keep it plump and supple.
2. Cleanse Gently
During the summer, it’s important to cleanse your skin thoroughly to remove sweat, dirt, and excess oil without stripping away essential moisture. Opt for a mild, hydrating cleanser that suits your skin type. Avoid harsh soaps or cleansers that contain sulfates, as they can be drying. Additionally, wash your face with lukewarm water instead of hot water, as hot water can further dehydrate the skin. After cleansing, pat your face dry gently with a soft towel, leaving some moisture on your skin before proceeding with the next steps of your skincare routine.
3. Moisturize Regularly
Locking in moisture is crucial for maintaining hydrated skin during the summer. Choose a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin. These ingredients help attract and retain moisture in the skin without feeling heavy or greasy. Apply your moisturizer immediately after cleansing, while your skin is still slightly damp, to seal in moisture effectively. Don’t forget to include the neck and other exposed areas of your body in your moisturizing routine. For extra hydration, consider using a hydrating facial mist throughout the day to refresh and revitalize your skin.
4. Sun Protection is Key!
Sunscreen is a non-negotiable step in any skincare routine, especially during the summer months. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF (at least 30) generously to all exposed areas of your skin. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating. Remember to protect your lips with a lip balm that contains SPF as well. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and seeking shade during peak sun hours will provide additional protection from harmful UV rays and minimize moisture loss.
Looking for some sunscreen options to help keep you protected from the sun’s harsh rays this season? Here are our Top 10 Sunscreens for the Ultimate Protection this summer.
Hayleigh Butcher is a Content Writer & Brand Strategist for Blender Networks. When she’s not managing blogs for FitMinutes, The-E-Tailer, Cartageous, InStyleRooms, NurturedPaws & Shoelistic, she’s finding a new trail to hike with her dog, Gemma or finding the best new spot in her hometown of Bedford, Nova Scotia for an iced coffee!