1- What is The Best Skincare Routine For Summer?
Summer skincare needs to protect your skin from the sun, keeping it moisturised, hydrated and regulating excess oil or perspiration. Here’s a general rule of thumb for summer skincare:
- Cleanser: Begin your regimen by cleansing your face with a mild cleanser to remove debris, oil, and perspiration. Choose a foamy or gel-based cleanser that will not deplete your skin’s natural oils.
- Toner: By using a toner, you can balance the pH of your skin and eliminate any lingering pollutants. Look for a toner with calming and moisturising components like as aloe vera or rosewater.
- Exfoliation: Once or twice a week, exfoliate your skin to eliminate dead skin cells and unclog pores. To avoid irritation, use a mild exfoliant that is suited for your skin type.
- Serum: Use a lightweight serum with antioxidants like vitamin C or hyaluronic acid. These substances assist to brighten the skin, enhance the texture, and hydrate it.
- Moisturiser: To keep your skin moisturised and protected from the sun’s damaging rays, use a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser with SPF. Apply generously in the morning and as required throughout the day.
- Sunscreen is essential throughout the warmer months. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and generously apply it to all exposed regions of your skin. Apply sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming.
- Eye Cream: Apply an eye cream to the sensitive skin around your eyes to moisturise it and reduce puffiness or dark circles. Look for an eye cream that has anti-aging and moisturising components.
- Lip Balm: Remember to protect your lips as well. Apply an SPF lip balm to keep your lips moisturised and protected from the sun.
- Hydration: Drink lots of water throughout the day to stay hydrated from the inside out. This contributes to the general health and look of your skin.
2- What Skincare To Avoid in Summer?
Because of the increased heat, humidity, and sun exposure, it’s necessary to be careful of some skincare products that may not be optimal in the summer. Here are some skincare products to avoid or use with caution this summer:
- Heavy, occlusive moisturisers: In hot and humid conditions, thick, heavy moisturisers can feel unpleasant and clog pores. Instead, use lightweight, oil-free moisturisers or moisturising gels.
- Rich creams and emollient formulations: Similarly, greasy creams and emollient formulas can cause breakouts or excessive oiliness. Look for options that are water- or gel-based and deliver hydration without feeling weighty.
- Alcohol-based toners, astringents, and cleansers can strip away the skin’s natural oils, causing dryness and irritation, especially when mixed with sun exposure. Choose alcohol-free formulas that are mild and calming.
- Avoid using harsh physical exfoliants or abrasive scrubs throughout the summer since they can cause skin irritation, redness, and inflammation when mixed with sun exposure. Instead, use gentle chemical exfoliants containing alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs).
- While chemical exfoliants such as AHAs and BHAs can be good, using them too frequently during the summer might leave your skin more sensitive to the sun. Retinol and other retinoids, on the other hand, might increase sun sensitivity and cause skin irritation. Consider lowering the frequency of usage or switching to a midnight application if you use these items. When using exfoliating acids or retinol, always wear sunscreen.
3- Can I do Laser Hair Removal during the summer?
Laser hair removal is typically safe to do all year around, including during the summer. However, there are a few things to bear in mind if you want to have laser hair removal during the summer:
- Sun Exposure: Laser hair removal works by focusing on the pigment in hair follicles. Sun exposure can raise your risk of issues such as burns or hyperpigmentation, particularly if you have a tan or have recently exposed your skin to the sun. Before and after laser hair removal treatments, it is best to avoid extended sun exposure, tanning beds, and self-tanners.
- Sunscreen and sun protection: If you have a laser hair removal treatment coming up, you must protect the treated body parts from the sun. When exposed to the sun, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to the treated areas and cover them with clothes or physical barriers such as caps or umbrellas.
- Avoid active tanning: Before and after laser hair removal, it is best to avoid active tanning methods such as sunbathing or utilising tanning beds. Tanned skin increases the risk of problems and may impair treatment efficacy.
- Skin sensitivity: Laser hair removal can leave your skin more sensitive, which the sun’s rays can worsen. Take extra precautions to protect your skin from the sun, and consider scheduling your laser hair removal treatments in the evening or during a time when you will be exposed to the least amount of sunlight.
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