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The summer months offer great chances for fun in the sun and numerous excuses to go outside. While this means you can get lots of vitamin D, it can affect your skin in a negative way.
Not taking care of your skin during summer can leave it looking and feeling far from its best, which can cause problems for months to come. However, caring for your skin and doing what you can to protect it will ensure you experience no adverse effects.
Here are our top tips for looking after your skin over the next few months:
Look after your lips
Constant sun exposure and heat can lead to dry and chapped lips. Not only does this not look great, it can also be incredibly uncomfortable and even painful.
Your lips are incredibly sensitive to changes because they produce such small amounts of oil compared to the rest of your skin. To combat this, you should use lip balm every day to protect them and moisturise them.
Ideally, your lip balm should contain natural oils rather than petroleum jelly, as well as SPF to do the best job. Even if you wear lipstick or other makeup on your lips, ensure you're applying lip balm regularly throughout the day.
It isn't just your lips that can be dried out by the sun; the rest of your skin also suffers too. This means that having hot or warm showers after being out in the sun is a bad idea, as water at high temperatures can actually leach more moisture from your skin.
Instead, you should have cold or lukewarm showers to help cleanse your skin without drying it out. You may also find that cool showers reduce breakouts, as they help to tone your pores.
You can increase the moisturising properties of a cool shower by using one of our body washes. These include glycerin to effectively add moisture to your skin while the fragrances will help you feel refreshed.
If you finish up with one of our body lotions, this will help moisturise your skin even more.
When skin dries out more, it makes dead skin seem more obvious as it begins to flake. Even if you don't usually have dry skin, it is a good idea to exfoliate at least once a week during the summer.
This will help your skin feel smoother and promote healing, as it gets the blood flowing through it better. It can also help your tan last longer if you're a bit of a sun seeker. Try our Exfoliating Sisal Bag for effective but gentle exfoliation that will leave all your skin feeling amazing.
All over SPF
Probably the most important thing to remember during the summer months is to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. This means using products that contain SPF from top to toe.
Sun protection helps to avoid premature ageing and protects you from serious conditions like skin cancer. This is why you should use SPF products on your scalp, face and body to ensure complete protection.
Make sure you top up your SPF throughout the day, especially after going swimming, to maintain a good level of protection.