Most of us know that plenty of H2O and SPF are good for skin. But besides staying protected and hydrated, there are other ways to protect your skin and to look summer-ready in no time.
- Don’t forget about your lips!
Summer is a great time to experiment with bright colours on lips, but don’t forget to also protect the delicate skin there. Keep a rich lip balm at hand and remember to apply SPF to your lips too. Slough off dead skin with a soft toothbrush before you apply any balm or lipstick to exfoliate your lips.
- Switch it up
The rich night cream that saved your skin during winter might be a bit too heavy for summer. Assess your skin and switch to lighter gel formulas if your normal skincare regime doesn’t do the trick during warmer months.
- Keep a facial mist at hand
Is the office air-con wreaking havoc on your skin during the hotter months? A facial mist packed with vitamins and antioxidants can be handy. On a budget? Make your own by filling a spray bottle with distilled water and adding a teaspoon of glycerine and a couple of drops of your favourite facial oil. Give it a good shake and place in the fridge.
- Don’t forget about your scalp
Your scalp can also get sunburnt. Protect it by shielding your head with a hat or headscarf when you are in the sun. Alternatively, try this: dissolve a tablespoon of your regular sunscreen in half a cup of water and pour into a spray bottle. Mist it on and rub into your hair and scalp.
- Turn down the heat
Hot water can dry out skin. Turn down the temperature of your daily showers to prevent your skin from drying out.
- Invest in a good mineral setting powder
Makeup sliding off before noon? Don’t slap on more foundation to get better coverage. Instead, dust your face, especially the nose, forehead and chin, with a mineral setting powder to keep your foundation on for longer.
Whether you want to look good in a new party dress or are trying a self-tanner for the first time, get gorgeous summer skin by exfoliating all over. Try a home-made body scrub in the shower.
- Include fruit!
If the warmer weather isn’t enough to make you smile, think about the variety of seasonal fruit on offer. Eat a wide selection of fruit to up your vitamin and antioxidant intake. Not only will this make your skin look bright and healthy, but studies have shown that eating vitamins A, C and E can help the body fight potential sun damage. And if you won’t get through that entire punnet of strawberries before it goes bad, use them to make a refreshing face mask.
- Soothe your skin
Enjoyed the sun a little too much? Soothe sunburnt skin by slathering plain yoghurt on the red bits. The lactic acid in yoghurt will soothe the sting.
- Apply your sunscreen in the buff
Don’t think that you only need to protect the skin that will be exposed to the sun, as clothes and swimming costumes don’t offer adequate protection against UV rays. Get full protection by applying sunscreen all over your body, including the parts that will be covered.
Also read: All you need to know sun-safe summer tips