By following a proper summer skincare regimen, you’ll minimize sun damage and enjoy a radiant, flawless complexion
Summer is upon us, and with it a whole host of fun-filled summer activities: Pool parties, road trips, beach excursions, and island hopping. And while you may be eager to let your hair loose and debut that well-sculpted beach body, you mustn’t neglect your skincare regimen either.
Consider the impact the extra-intense sunlight could have on your skin. Aside from sunburn, the sun’s UV rays can accelerate the formation of age spots, sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. The humidity and high temperatures can also wreak havoc on skin issues: Oily skin gets oilier, and dry skin gets dryer. Meanwhile, those with sensitive skin are susceptible to breakouts, rashes, and roughness—definitely not the best look for the beach!
To keep your skin and complexion looking its best during the hot summer months, consider observing these skincare tips:
1. Apply a natural sunscreen on your body.
Your sunblock is your best line of defence against the sun’s punishing UV rays. For the best results, pick a sunscreen that absorbs quickly and has a minimum SPF of 30. This should be applied 20 to 30 minutes all over your body before you head out into the sun. If you’re going swimming, keep reapplying periodically as it gets washed off.
Just as importantly, choose a sunscreen that doesn’t contain harmful chemicals, such as oxybenzone, synthetic fragrances, and retinyl palmitate (vitamin A). These chemicals have been linked to skin cancer, and may interfere with thyroid and other hormone processes in the body.
Instead, go for natural mineral sunscreens devoid of harmful chemicals for safe and natural sun protection.
2. Avoid using summer skincare products that contain toxic chemicals.
The sun’s punishing UV rays aren’t the only thing you need to protect your skin from this summer season: Many conventional skincare products—like face washes, toners, and moisturizers—contain toxic chemicals that can compromise your health and wellness.
When choosing the products to include in your skincare regimen, read the labels carefully and avoid those containing parabens, phenoxyethanol, formaldehyde, phthalates, and similar toxins. These chemicals are absorbed by the skin and can lead to health problems, including hormonal imbalances and the development of certain types of cancers.
Wildleaf’s premium line of skincare products are both clean and organic, which means you won’t be applying dangerous and toxic ingredients on your skin. You’ll not only be safeguarding your health, but will enjoy radiant, and blemish-free skin this summer.
3. Wear lightweight, breathable fabrics.
Keep your boots, sweaters, and heavy jackets in the back of your closet. To stay cool and comfortable in the warm weather, don clothing made with cotton, linen, rayon, and other lightweight, breathable fabrics.
Tight, heavy clothing can cause skin irritation and make sweaty parts of the body itch and sweat even more. Prolonged conditions could lead to rashes as well as the development of serious skin infections.
4. Cleanse twice a day and stay hydrated.
When the temperature is very warm, your skin may produce more oil than usual. You may also find yourself sweating more compared to the cooler months. Not to mention, those road and beach trips will expose your skin to all kinds of pollutants, and these can end up in your pores.
To keep your complexion clean and hydrated during the summer months, you should cleanse your face twice each day, in the morning and evening, with a suitable cleanser.
Wildleaf’s Aloe Herb Face Wash is up to the task, as it’s packed with antioxidants and skin nourishing herbs. While the formula doesn’t lather much, it removes makeup and impurities without drying the skin or leaving any residue.
You may also spritz Wildleaf’s Alcohol-Free Toning Mist on your face and neck throughout the day to hydrate and refresh your skin. Don’t forget to drink lots of water to replenish the moisture your body loses due to the warm temperatures. Remember: If your skin is dehydrated, it will show.
5. Combine a reparative serum with sunscreen.
While the sunshine might feel glorious on your first day at the beach, overexposure can lead to hyperpigmentation and sun spotting. Applying Wildleaf’s Vitamin C Serum topically to the face and neck will counteract the harmful effects of sun exposure and also decreases your chances of contracting skin cancer by thickening your skin’s dermis layer.
For maximum protection, consider pairing the Vitamin C Serum with an effective sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. The sunscreen will shield the outer layer of the skin, while the Vitamin C Serum acts as a protective barrier from within the skin.
After cleansing and toning, apply the Vitamin C Serum, followed by the sunscreen. Doing so can make your sunscreen up to five times more effective at combating the harmful effects of sun exposure.
Lastly, don’t be afraid of the sun. As long as you’re observing the necessary precautions and following a proper summer skincare regimen, there’s no need to fret. Sunlight helps us produce more seratonin, which is a mood boosting hormone.
Just make sure to keep everything in balance and you’re sure to enjoy an awesome summer.
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