8 Tips to Keep Your Skin Healthy During Summers

How to Take Care of Your Skin in Summers

Summers are a hard time for all the conscious beauties out there. The sweat, intense rays, and humidity can damage skin, and take away its natural radiance. 

Luckily for you, there are multiple ways and products that can keep your skin clean, soft, and glowy without too much hassle. 

In this article, we bring to you 10 basic and must follow tips, recommended by dermatologists, that will summer-proof your skin. 

8 SkinCare Tips to Follow this Summer 

Below are 10 tips you should keep in mind for healthy skin. These tips are dermatologists recommended and should be a part of your skincare routine. 

  • Hydrate and Moisturize 
  • Sun protect
  • Exfoliate
  • Use a Vitamin C serum
  • Avoid comedogenic agents
  • Take Antioxidants 
  • Repair Damaged Skin
  • Take Shorter Showers

Now let’s go through each skincare tip, to understand it a little better. 

1. Hydrate and Moisturize 

Hydration is extremely important regardless of the season. Hydration involves drinking water and using external products as well to hydrate skin from the outside. 

Why does it matter?

It keeps you healthy from the inside and keeps your skin fresh and soft from the outside. Our body needs water to survive and in summers we need even more water. 

Our body tries to cool down in summers through sweating and if we don’t drink enough water we can get dehydrated. 

According to Dr. Steven Deliduka a dermatologist from Illinois, hydration keeps skin, elastic, and plump and helps prevent dryness and blemishes. 

How to Keep Skin Hydrated? 

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use a moisturizer multiple times a day
  • Use hydrating masks
  • Use a face mist to moisturize on the go!
  • Look for products with chemicals like hyaluronic acid, green tea, Co Enzyme Q, argan oil, vitamins C, A, and E, etc

2. Sun Protect!

Have you ever noticed your skin getting darker and dull in summers? That is because of harmful sun rays and lack of sun protection. The sun emits different kinds of rays among which UV rays are very damaging to the skin. 

Why does it matter?

According to EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency), UV rays can cause skin aging, eye damage, affect immunity, etc. If your skin is left unprotected for a long time you can even get skin cancer. 

How to sun protect properly? 

  • Apply sunblock after every 2 hours
  • Use recommended SPF (sun protection factor) 
  • Limit outings during midday
  • Stay under the shade 
  • Use an umbrella 
  • Wear protective clothing 

3. Exfoliate

Our skin renews itself continuously to keep it fresh and beautiful! According to verywellhealth, our skin sheds around 30,000 to 40,000 cells daily.  That results in a lot of dead skin that we need to get rid of. 

Why does it matter?

Dead skin can cause dullness, congestion, dryness, reduced effect of skincare products and makeup, etc. 

How to exfoliate properly? 

  • Use a suitable exfoliant according to your skin
  • Try chemical exfoliants instead of physical scrubs
  • Exfoliate in the morning 
  • Apply SPF, moisturizer, and makeup afterwards
  • Moisturize daily so your skin isn’t damaged by harsh exfoliants

4. Use a Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C is a crucial nutrient that our body requires to produce collagen, fight free radicals, absorb iron, etc. 

Why does it matter for our skin?

According to Omer Ibrahim, a clinical researcher at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, vitamin C helps to prevent hyperpigmentation, reduce fine lines and make collagen. 

Collagen makes skin, strong, and elastic and keeps it hydrated. 

How to do it properly? 

According to Dr. Patricia Wexler, a dermatologist in New York City you should follow these steps while using vitamin c serum:

  • Start with a serum with lower concentrations of 10%, and then move up 
  • Use L-ascorbic acid for oily to normal skin
  • Use magnesium ascorbyl phosphate for sensitive and dry skin

5. Avoid Comedogenic Agents

Some skincare products are too heavy on the skin and they clog your pores. These products have comedogenic chemicals and should be avoided. 

Why does it matter?

According to Nava Greenfield, a Dermatologist at the Schweiger Dermatology Group in Brooklyn, using makeup with non-comedogenic agents is a great way to let your skin breathe during the hot weather.  

How to avoid comedogenic agents? 

  • Check the composition of your makeup and skincare products against comedogenic agents
  • Use lighter alternatives like a power sunscreen, oil-free primer, etc. 

6. Take Antioxidants 

Want to slow down aging and keep your skin healthy for longer? Try Antioxidants! These are agents that prevent oxidation reactions. 

Why does it matter?

Oxidation reactions can damage skin cells. These reactions produce substances known as free radicals that can lead to cancer, heart issues, and other diseases. 

How to do it properly?

According to an article by Garnier, you should follow these steps: 

  • Use serums, moisturizers, sheet masks, and sunscreen with antioxidants 
  • Eat meals rich in Vitamin C and E 
  • Consume melon, citrus fruits, green and leafy veggies, and nuts

7. Repair Damaged Skin

We all are guilty of ignoring our skin every once in a while! 

While short-term negligence is manageable, your skin can get severely damaged if you delay treating it for long. 

Why does it matter?

Dead skin, clogged pores, and sun damage can cause long-term issues and diseases. Sun damage can cause cancer, dead skin can cause fine lines and accelerate aging, clogged pores can lead to white and blackheads, etc. 

How to do it properly

  • Moisturize, scrub, and cleanse your skin
  • Consult with a dermatologist to resolve chronic issues
  • Follow a good diet for internal recovery
  • Apply sunscreen regularly and use cooling gels to heal the skin

8. Take Shorter Showers

Summers are all about long showers to cool down! 

Splashing in the water and relaxing after a tough day seems like the best move, but for your skin, it isn’t. 

Why does it matter?

According to Omer Ibrahim, a clinical researcher at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, one should avoid over-showering, long showers, and using very hot water as it can cause inflammation, dryness, and even summertime eczema. 

What’s the ideal practice? 

Omer Ibrahim recommends you take short 4-5 min showers in summers to avoid drying out your skin.

Enjoy Summers With Healthy Skin! 

To keep your skin bright and soft, make sure to moisturize, exfoliate, and protect it from the sun. Use products with antioxidants, avoid products with comedogenic agents, and use a vitamin C serum. 

Keep showers short and also keep a check for damages so they can be repaired as soon as possible. 

We hope these tips help you achieve your skin goals this summer.

Happy skincare to you! 

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