The summer months are swiftly approaching and you will undoubtedly be looking forward to long days spent in the sun! However, before stepping out of the shade it is important that you take the necessary beauty precautions to ensure that your skin remains sufficiently hydrated, nourished and protected against the harmful effects of UV damage. To help you do so, here are five of the best skincare treatments which will imbue your skin with a refreshing, flawless summer glow;
1 – Lightweight moisturising lotions
During the winter months you may have become accustomed to using thicker moisturising creams to combat the effects of the cold weather. However, as the weather warms up, these dense moisturising treatments will not be absorbed as effectively into your skin. As such , it is advised that you swap your winter moisturising creams for lightweight hydrating lotions and oils which will nourish your skin cells without over-saturating them.
2 – Coconut oil cleansing solutions
The increased temperature and humidity in the summer months cause pores to become blocked and trigger acne breakouts. To maintain a balanced complexion despite the warm weather, you should use a thorough cleansing and exfoliating treatment to remove all traces of makeup, sweat and to buff away dead surface skin cells. In particular, using cleansers and body scrubs that have been infused with coconut oil will prevent your pores from becoming clogged and will hydrate your skin to support the development of a smooth even tan. Repeat this routine in the morning and before going to bed in order to benefit from a rejuvenated, clear complexion whatever the weather!
3 – High quality SPF sunscreens
Whenever your skin is exposed to the sun, it is at risk of short term sunburn and long term skin cell damage due to harmful UVA and UVB rays. Fortunately, you can combat these damaging skincare effects by increasing your SPF protection. If you already wear a moisturiser enriched with SPF15 sunscreen then it is recommended that you upgrade to a sunscreen that delivers SPF30 or higher. By applying this type of high quality sunscreen to any areas of your face and body which will be exposed to the sun you can combat sunburn and prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles which occur due to prolonged sun exposure.
4 – Nourishing eye serums
During the summer, the fragile skin surrounding your eyes can be particularly susceptible to the aging effects of high temperatures and humidity. As a result, you should endeavour to apply a nourishing eye serum around the corners of your eyes, underneath them, and across your eyelids every day. Choose lightweight products that will be quickly absorbed into the skin. Moreover, if you use eye serums that contain anti-oxidants, vitamins C and E you can promote elasticity and collagen production within your eyes’ skin cell walls. This simple yet effective skincare treatment will leave the delicate skin around your eyes looking soft, smooth and flawless.
5 – Hydrating lip balms
Did you know that the sun’s UV rays can be as damaging to your lips as your skin? To avoid suffering from dry, cracked lips during the summer, you should swap your lip gloss for an SPF15+ lip balm. As a rule, the best summer lip balms are those which have a base consisting of either beeswax, petroleum or paraffin because they will seal in moisture and hydrate your lips all day long.