If you are like most individuals, then as soon as the summer months come around, you want to be gliding through your day with glowing and radiant skin. However, after the grueling winter months, there is a good chance that your skin is looking anything but youthful and hydrated. During the cold-weather months, the frequency in which your skin is touched by indoor heat, dry air, and the wind is likely to have had a negative effect.
To help you achieve the healthy glow that you desire, read on to learn five ways to prep your skin for the summer months.
1. Focus on exfoliating
First things first: You want to be removing all the old, dead skin so that you can place your products on the new skin. By using a gentle exfoliator each morning, you are already on your way to having brighter and smoother skin as the product works to remove dead and flaky skin from your face and body to decrease blemishes and avoid a dull look.
Generally, it is recommended that you add an exfoliator to your morning skincare routine as it is perfect for clearing the skin of dirt prior to using your other products. That being said, ensure you are listening to your skin, as some will require more gentle formulations than others. When you find an exfoliant that works for you, put it on your hands, arms, feet, and legs to ensure you are ready for your summer wardrobe.
2. Increase hydration
Every year, after the cold and dry months of winter have passed by, you are left with skin that is gasping for some intense hydration. Particularly after doing the exfoliating step, it is essential that you give your skin enough additional hydration to make up for the nutrients that were lost. For most skincare lovers, this means using a natural body oil or moisturizer that is filled with the nutrients that their skin requires.
Additionally, use this time as an opportunity to try out a range of masks that focus on restoring hydration. In the summer, there is almost nothing too extreme when it comes to hydrating your skin. Depending on your skin type, you may need a particularly heavy set of products because your skin is that dry. On the other hand, your environment may only require you to use a lighter moisturizer so that you don’t fall prey to clogged pores.
3. Monitor your water intake
There are so many reasons why drinking enough water is essential, including the fact that it helps your skin stay youthful. Think of it this way: When you sweat, it is because your body is cooling itself down, so in these higher temperatures, you need to be consuming more water to ensure that you are replacing what has been sweated out.
If you want youthful, hydrated skin, then you need to be drinking plenty of water. Additionally, if you want to increase the elasticity of your skin, the answer is water – about 2.7 liters of water a day is the recommended amount for women.
You can’t think about water’s relationship to skin and not also consider the food that you are consuming. After all, the skin is the body’s largest organ, which indicates how much it is affected by what you eat (answer: a lot).
To help bring out your summer skin, make sure you are consuming juicy fruits and delicious vegetables every day. In addition to hydrating your skin, these foods also provide you with an additional antioxidant boost.
4. Never forget the sunscreen
All of these steps are crucial to the health of your skin, but when talking about protecting it from severe damage, sunscreen is the wonder product. Every day, you should be applying SPF from your head to your toes, even if you aren’t planning on sunbathing all day. In fact, no matter what your plans are for the day, sunscreen needs to be a vital part of your routine.
Unfortunately, It isn’t enough to just put it on once in the morning; rather, you need to be reapplying it every couple of hours – especially if you are outside. The best thing to do is to always have a travel-size sunscreen in your bag so that you can top up the protection no matter where your day takes you.
5. Invest in regular facials
Facials are undoubtedly a necessary component of every skin care routine as they help to keep your skin healthy and fresh while dealing with any current issues and decreasing the likelihood of these becoming future problems. There is a reason so many women around the world love the top Hydradermie facial; it not only rejuvenates their skin, but it also successfully works to lift, tone, and tighten it.
An additional benefit of a Guinot facial is that it begins with a pre-consultation to allow a licensed Guinot Guru to analyze your skin and prescribe the suitable treatment for you at that moment. This is an essential step in getting the best facial possible because everyone’s skin has different needs, and those needs change throughout the seasons and your life.
Do you consider yourself a skincare aficionado? If so, what tips and tricks do you have for other readers who are looking for ways to prep and maintain their skin over the warmer months? Alternatively, if you are currently having some issues with your skin, let us know what you need help with in the comments below!
About the author
Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma & Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma & Kozma in 2016. Hillary is hailed by the media as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.