The Ultimate Summer Skin Care Routine
Summer means taking advantage of outdoor activities, making skin care especially important. Whether it’s going to the beach, spending the day at the pool, or attending an outdoor family BBQ, we need to protect our skin while we soak up the summer sun.
While beautiful weather and a warm breeze may make us feel carefree, continued exposure to the sun can cause a lot of damage, breaking down our skin’s cells and weakening the body’s protective barrier.
When the temperature rises, the heat, humidity, and pollution result in sunburns, tanning, pigmentation, oily skin, premature signs of aging, and other skin-related problems. But a proper summer skincare routine can defend you from these hassles and keep your skin radiant.
Here is a list of the top 10 skin care tips that everyone can follow during the searing summer season to maintain beautiful and healthy skin:
- Sun Protection: Protecting your skin from the sun is crucial during summer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and apply it generously to all exposed areas of the skin. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming. Wear protective clothing, such as hats and sunglasses, and seek shade during the sun’s peak hours. If you should get a sunburn, Dr. Ohhira’s Magoroku Skin Lotion protects the skin and provides critical moisturizing benefits to encourage healing after sun exposure. Sunburns have been proven to disrupt the skin’s microbiome, and the postbiotic nutrients in Dr. Ohhira’s Skin Lotions help to promote a more positive microbiome.
- Hydration: Stay hydrated by drinking adequate water throughout the day. Proper hydration helps maintain the moisture balance in your skin and prevents it from becoming dry and dehydrated. Additionally, consider using lightweight, oil-free moisturizers that can provide hydration without feeling heavy or greasy. The Kampuku Beauty Bar is a mild, moisturizing and soothing cleanser ideal for the entire family.
- Cleansing: Cleanse your skin regularly to remove sweat, oil, and impurities that can clog your pores. Use a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type, and avoid harsh or drying products that can strip your skin of its natural oils. Cleanse your face twice a day, and don’t forget to cleanse other body parts prone to sweat and oil buildup.
- Exfoliation: Regular exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and promotes a smoother complexion. However, be gentle when exfoliating during the summer, as excessive scrubbing can irritate the skin. Consider using chemical exfoliants with ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) that provide gentle exfoliation.
- Lightweight Products: Opt for light skincare products that won’t feel heavy or greasy on your skin during hot and humid weather. Look for oil-free or water-based formulas that absorb quickly and won’t clog your pores. Lightweight serums, gels, and lotions are often more comfortable in summer.
- Eye Protection: The delicate skin around your eyes is prone to sun damage and wrinkles. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses that provide UV protection. This will help shield your eyes from harmful rays and minimize squinting, which can lead to fine lines and crow’s feet.
- Healthy Diet: Eating a nutritious diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and antioxidants can contribute to healthy skin. Include foods high in vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients help support skin health and protect it from damage caused by free radicals.
- Cool Showers: Cool showers can help soothe the skin and prevent excessive drying. Hot water can strip away natural oils and disrupt the skin’s moisture barrier, leading to dryness and irritation.
- Manage Sweat: During the summer, excessive sweating can contribute to clogged pores and breakouts. Wear loose, breathable clothing made of natural fibers like cotton to manage sweat. Shower after sweating to remove impurities and keep your skin clean.
- Stress Management: High-stress levels can affect your skin’s health. Engage in activities that help you relax and reduce stress, such as yoga, meditation, or spending time outdoors. Taking care of your mental well-being can positively impact your skin.
Remember, these tips are general guidelines, and it’s essential to consider your individual skin type and concerns. If you have specific skin conditions or questions, it’s best to consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional.