As the days get warmer and warmer, you’re a little closer to donning sandals, sleeveless tops and summer dresses. Before you do, get your skin ready for the fresh air with these summer skin tips.
Shed your winter skin
Buff off that dried-up skin by exfoliating your whole body, especially super-dry spots like your feet. You can do this with an exfoliating cloth or brush and pair it with an exfoliating scrub in the shower — just remember to use something a little more gentle on your face. Afterwards, don’t forget to moisturize with a good-quality, nourishing skin cream — it’s important to replenish after shedding your winter skin.
Get professional help
Book a day at the salon or spa to give yourself a head-to-toe skin tune-up. Treatments like a nourishing body wrap, a pedicure and a gentle facial will help get your skin back on track. You should also consider booking a waxing appointment. Removing that unwanted body hair isn’t as much of a priority when you’re all covered up, but now that swimsuit season is on its way, you’ll want to take care of it.
Stock up on sunscreen
Sunscreen is important all year round, but now that you’re going to be spending a decent part of the day soaking up the sunshine, it’s especially important to make sure you’ve got lots of SPF on hand to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Invest in a quality daily facial moisturizer that has an SPF of at least 15, so you can make sure that your face is protected at all times. After all, too much sun can cause wrinkles.
Re-examine your daily routine
Now that you’re looking after your skin, it’s a good time to re-examine your daily skin routine. Your skin MO should include twice-daily cleansing, toning and moisturizing, and you should find a combination of products that works best for your skin type. For example, acne-prone skin has different needs than dry skin, so it’s important to customize a routine for yourself that doesn’t dry your face out or leave it too oily. And don’t forget the SPF!
Make over your makeup bag
Heavy foundations and dark, warm colours won’t fly during the summer months. Add some colour to your makeup kit and ditch your traditional foundation and powder for light, shimmery ones. It’s also a good idea to invest in a nice, subtle bronzer — that way, you’ll look tanned without having to inflict any sun damage on your skin.