take care of your skin in summer

Take care of your skin in summer

Sara Bargiacchi

Taking care of your skin in the summer is a personal and definitely very important activity. Besides, it takes very little. 10 minutes of your day to protect and make your skin even more beautiful. Cleansing and moisturizing are essentials of summer skincare. So here’s what to pay attention to and how to pamper your skin during the hottest time of the year.

Take care of your skin in the summer; dangers to avoid

The risks of prolonged exposure to sunlight are several. Let’s look at some of them:

  • UVA risks: they penetrate deeper into the layers of the dermis and cause skin aging.
  • UVB risks: they allow the skin to reach a bronze tone and are therefore the rays responsible for tanning. Be careful, however, because they are also responsible for sunburn, sun erythema and even the formation of skin tumors.
  • risks of blue light: the most dangerous because it is the one we are most in contact with; screen light. The blue light, penetrates the dermis and affects collagen and elastin, with related damage such as wrinkles, sagging skin and hyperpigmentation.

Not only sunscreen to take care of your skin in summer

Also this year during the pandemic emergency the heat is not sparing anyone; in fact, the beach and vacations with all the necessary precautions are an irresistible call. And along with the beach returns the need to take care of the skin after exposure to the sun.

Protection from the sun’s rays is a must-have and involves the use of UVA and UVB filters, in cream or lotion, applied with adequate frequency, in order to ensure a fairly high protective factor, especially in the first days of sun exposure.

Another huge enemy to be taken into account is the heat. Sweat, in fact, combined with humidity is stress from which you can, fortunately, find relief by using moisturizers, boosters, face masks, and cleansers.

DIY to take care of your skin in summer in a sustainable way

Perfect ingredients for making natural cremes at home are rosehips to regenerate cells, aloe, and calendula that moisturize and soothe. Olive oil and honey are fantastic for moisturizing the skin. Almond or jojoba oil can be used to give softness.

To make the perfect sustainable mask or cream for you, the keyword has to be hydration. The skin is in fact, “thirsty” because of overexposure to sunlight. This leads it to lose tone, freshness, and elasticity. For direct hydration of the skin, make light, easily absorbed, and rebalancing textures. These will be easier to apply and you can do it frequently, especially after showering or bathing.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to use cosmetic creams that are already on the market, pay attention to labels and the phenomenon of greenwashing. Vegan, cruelty-free are words that should always appear with proper certifications.

For normal or dry skin we recommend the use of light cream with the presence of hyaluronic acid. For the most sensitive epidermis, the choice falls on creams with thermal water. This has soothing properties and is rich in essential trace elements to rebalance cellular metabolism. Finally, for oilier skins, the advice falls on mixtures of humectants. The aim is to intervene to reduce moisture loss, and sebum-balancing and detoxifying elements, such as zeolite and restructuring ceramides.

Taking care of the skin also means purifying the body with food. In fact, to slow down the aging of the skin we should take foods rich in antioxidants such as broccoli, tomatoes, apples, pears, strawberries, melon, apricots, and grapes. With herbal teas based on plants with purifying action such as burdock or dandelion, you can purify the skin from toxins and impurities. Another ancient remedy; natural herbs can be used to make compresses to be applied for 10 minutes on the face. The benefit? They help relieve redness and boils.


Cleansing and scrubs? What to check out in summer

Gentle cleansing should always be the choice. Avoid aggressive solutions such as micellar water. Ideally, choose a product that protects the integrity of the lipid barrier. For the toner, avoid solutions with glycolic acid and exfoliating substances. For your detox moment, consider clay-based masks that purify and remove toxins without irritating. At the end of the beauty routine opt for a moisturizing cream, even better if with hyaluronic acid.

Always remember no peeling. Instead, a good scrub every week is optimal. In this way, you can remove dead cells and reactivate the surface microcirculation. This promotes treatments and allows them to act in-depth and more effectively. In addition, this (light) exfoliation promotes the formation of a golden, even tan. A tip; especially in summer, prefer wet skin to do the scrub. Apply it with circular movements on both face and body.

In summer, many factors lead your skin to lose its natural balance and manifest imperfections and discomfort differently from usual. For this reason, we need to pay even more attention. From here we can start and proceed in order to adapt our Beauty Routine to the season.

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