Skincare Tips for Summer

Whether you live somewhere where the weather is constantly glorious, or you’re not so lucky and live somewhere where summer can mean three good days of sunshine; summer calls for some small changes in your skin care routine. Make sure you avoid dried out, unhealthy skin by the end of the summer by following these simple tips for the remainder of summer vacation!

  1. Use a higher SPF

Most tinted moisturisers and foundations contain an SPF, and so you’re probably using an SPF all year round without even realizing it. But, now that the sun is shining and you’re spending all your free time enjoying the good weather, it’s important that you appreciate the damage that you could do to your skin if you don’t protect it properly. Check the factor that’s in your current face make-up and if it isn’t SPF 15 or higher, change it!


 

What to buy? If your skin is very fair and you require a high SPF on a daily basis, you should consider this Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 43, available in 3 colors at Sephora priced at $30.

Or, if you think you’ll only need an SPF 15 and you prefer a foundation to a tinted moisturiser then have a look at MAC products, which generally all carry an SPF 15 – though be warned there are a couple that don’t, so be sure to check before you buy. Our favorite is Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation, $33.


  1. Use a good sunscreen for your face

If you’re having a day without makeup, or you’re looking to get some color on your face at the beach, don’t forget to use a good sunscreen on your face. Not only is burnt skin unpleasant, it’s also hugely unhealthy and one to be avoided at all costs. Better to use a little fake tan on your face and be safe than risk exposing yourself to serious health problems.

Facial sunscreen is a product that is worth spending a little more money on, just so that you know it’s a good product and that it is going to last for a long time on your skin: you don’t want to have to reapply your sunscreen constantly. One to watch out for: if you’re going to be swimming you must reapply everything after you come out of the water.


What to buy? For a higher value and higher SPF try this Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection SPF 40, $40 at Sephora. Clarins is a great skincare brand and one that is well trusted, so you should be absolutely fine with this product! But, if you don’t want to spend that much or don’t feel that you need such a high SPF factor, go for Clinique’s Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Face Cream, $21 at Sephora.

   3. Change your moisturiser

A common mistake among girls is to stop using moisturiser in summer: don’t make this mistake! Your skin won’t need the heavy moisturizers that you were using over winter, but it’s still going to need to be replenished and hydrated – especially after long hours in the sun. Make sure you continue to use your product daily and whenever your skin feels a little dry. Also, you might want to invest in a moisturizer for your lips as well as they can become really dry and rough during the summer months. What to buy? This CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion is a great (and cheap!) summer moisturiser. It’s light, gives you soft skin and has the added bonus of having an SPF factor in it. At only $12.19 on Amazon, it’s a steal!

  1. Aloes!
Aloe based products are great for your skin – especially in summer! Aloes act as moisturisers, treat acne and aloe vera gel can even treat sunburn. You should really invest in some of these for your summer skin routine – especially as they can be really cheap.


What to buy? The Body Shop have a great range of aloe based products which are worth considering – especially the Aloe Protective Serum which you should use before your moisturiser. This will give you extra hydration to get you through the hot weather which tends to dry out your skin. Also, The Body Shop is also doing a deal at the moment where you buy 1 and get 50% off the 2nd product, so be quick whilst this promo still lasts.

 

Summer skin care is simple: just remember how much moisture you’re taking out of your skin and remember to put it back in! Make sure you have an SPF on your face and any exposed skin to stop you from burning, whether you get this from your make up or from a sun cream product. Finally, don’t forget to keep cleansing your skin to get rid of the oil that can build up on a hot day. Enjoy the sun girls!