5 Ways to Look After Your Skin in Summer

January 11, 2019

Time to break out the swimsuits, surfboards and sandals, folks, because the sunny season is here!

Although summer is the perfect time to kick back and relax outdoors after spending months cooped up indoors, the warm weather that it brings might not be so kind to your skin.

From being exposed to high ultraviolet (UV) rays to scorchingly hot temperatures, your skin can take a lot of damage, which dermatologists say could lead to premature ageing, dry skin and some cancers.

While sunscreen sounds like the (obvious) answer, there are five other ways you can save your skin from feeling the burn in the long-term:

Apply Sunscreen

Again, that seems obvious, but bear in mind that not all sunscreens are made the same. Choose and apply sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher – the higher the SPF, the more protection your skin has against UV rays.

Keep Hydrated

Whether you’re at the beach or sitting by the pool, keep a water bottle with you. Drinking water will keep you fresh in the heat, wash out your toxins, and prevent your skin from drying out.

Wear Protective Clothing

Wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses can help shield your skin, as well as your hair and eyes, from the sun’s harmful rays – goodbye, wrinkles!

Keep Out the Sun

Between 10am and 3pm, that is. This is when the sun is at its most hottest and skin-damaging.

Cool Off in the Shower

After spending hours at the beach, taking a shower is ideal to wash away all the sweat you accumulate. Just remember that instead of a hot shower, a cold shower can keep your skin clear, decreasing acne breakouts and dryness.