For those that want to spend most of their time in the sun, founder of Scandinavian health and beauty brand New Nordic Karl Kristian, recommends the following tips to keep your skin cool during the heat of summer:
Summer Skincare – Use SPF properly
Sun cream is one of the best anti-aging products you can use as the sun is one of the leading causes of aging skin. Apply SPF (sun protection factor) every day throughout the year and remember to top up when you are exposed to the sun for more than a couple of hours. Research shows that just 27% of people apply SPF regularly. If you are sitting out in daylight, try to wear a hat to shield your face from direct sunshine.
At the end of the day, even if you have gone make-up free, remember to cleanse your face, neck and chest properly to ensure all the SPF is out of your pores. If you don’t, the sweat and dirt that has built up in your pores throughout the day can become stuck and encourage inflammation or breakouts.
Summer Skincare – Be kind to your skin
On the topic of sun cream, your skin’s sensitivity is heightened in hot and humid weather. Therefore, make sure you’re using the right products for your skin. If you have dry skin, try using thicker creams that help to lock moisture in and if your skin is sensitive use an Aloe Vera based sun cream and after sun. For those that suffer with prickly heat and eczema, water based and gel products will suit better as they are more lightweight and refreshing. A great tip is to keep your after sun – which you should be using every time you are exposed to the sun – in the fridge for maximum cooling effect.
Summer Skincare – Reach for water based products
Not only is it important to maintain body hydration, but it is also paramount to keep your skin hydrated. Give your skin a helping hand by using hydrating products throughout the summer. We often get a summery glow when we have spent time outside in warmer months, but our skin actually becomes dehydrated. Try water-based gel moisturisers instead of creams which will feel more lightweight and cooling on your skin. Moisturising sheet masks are also good at locking in hydration – keep these in the fridge to make them extra cooling.
Summer Skincare – Manage Pigmentation
Exposure to sunlight can make hyperpigmentation and scarring more visible on our skin. Try using a lightweight serum – pomegranate or vitamin C based ones are perfect – to help reduce pigmentation colour.
Summer Skincare – Avoid facial oils
While facial oils have many healing properties, using them when you’re hot can trap the heat in your skin and prevent it from absorbing other products and repairing itself. Instead of these, try using cooling serums or fine face mists to lock in hydration and reduce the temperature.
Summer Skincare – Opt for cooler showers
Heat can be a huge irritant to our skin, increasing inflammation of eczema, acne and psoriasis. Therefore, when possible, avoid long periods of bathing or contact with hot water. Washing your face with cold water will be really refreshing and keep your skin feeling cool. Cooler showers are also recommended to avoid further irritation from humidity causing eczema or heat rashes.
Summer Skincare – Exfoliate gently
Using both physical and chemical exfoliants on your body can help maintain skin texture and keep irritation at bay. For those who are prone to eczema flare-ups in the heat, use a dry brush once or twice a week before showering in upwards motions on your body to gently brush away dry skin and stimulate cell regeneration.
Chemical exfoliants get rid of dead skin cells by breaking the bonds that keep the skin together to stop them clogging your pores. Physical face exfoliants can be harsh on your skin when it is irritated by the heat. Using Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) such as glycolic or lactic, or Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) such as salicylic, will gently remove the outer layer of your skin without aggravating it. Make sure to only use these in the evenings as if used before being in direct sunlight can cause extra sensitivity.