Want flawless skin this summer? Who doesn’t? We’ve got 5 top tips for flawess skin, so you can look your best whatever the weather.
During the hot summer months we really need to take special care of our skin to avoid skin problems that affect women and men of all ages. Jacquie Carter, Herbalife skin and beauty expert, takes us through the most common summer skin conditions and provides advice on how to keep your skin looking its best.
1. Dry, flaky skin
Dry, flaky skin can be caused by too much sun exposure, dehydration, and, if you like to swim, chlorinated pools can also contribute. Air conditioners at work, home and even in the car, coupled with the summer heat can cause your skin to lose moisture.
- The key is to apply moisturiser day and night and to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. Remember, the best time to apply moisturiser is right after a bath or shower when the skin is slightly damp.
- Also, exfoliating more regularly will help remove dead and dying skin cells from the face and body, allowing softer, smoother skin to show through.
2. Facial breakouts
Even those of us who usually don’t suffer from acne can experience random breakouts during summer. Heat and humidity can kick our oil glands into overtime, resulting in excess sebum production. We also tend to use more sunscreen in summer, and these products can clog pores.
- It’s helpful to give the skin a good cleansing twice a day and, if oil build-up is a concern, an afternoon cleansing may be beneficial.
- Look for oil-free make-up and moisturisers and consider using an oil absorbing clarifying mask a few times a week to help control oil. Make-up brushes and cell phones should also get a regular clean to remove any oil and bacteria that can be transferred to the skin resulting in irritation.
3. Oily T-zone
The T-zone is the area of the face that has the most oil glands. It includes the forehead, nose, chin and cheeks — and if you already suffer from oily skin, the summer months can seem unbearable.
- Be sure to use oil-free products during summer. Carry oil absorbing sheets or blotting paper with you to quickly absorb excess oil on the spot.
- Avoid over cleansing or any facial products containing alcohol as they will strip your skin of its natural oils and encourage your oil glands to produce more.
- And if you aren’t using one already, introduce a facial toner for oily skin into your daily regimen. The astringent properties of a toner help remove excess sebum and calm the skin.
4. Body acne
‘Backne’ is the term for breakouts that occur on our back and shoulders. Summertime brings out the tank tops and halter dresses and unfortunately the breakouts, too. This part of our body tends to be a bit more sensitive than the rest because it isn’t regularly exposed, except in the warmer months.
Unfortunately, body acne can take longer to heal then facial breakouts, so it’s important to wear loose, cotton clothing that won’t trap moisture and to shower quickly after working out or playing in the sun.
- Use a hydrating body wash and a back brush to gently cleanse and exfoliate the affected area to prevent pores from clogging.
- Apply a light-weight body lotion to create a protective barrier after showering. If you have long hair, tie it up while you sleep to prevent any transfer of oil from the hair to the skin.
5. Peeling or uneven skin after tanning
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, this is one of the most important tips for flawless skin. Everyone loves that sun-kissed glow we get from being outdoors, but unfortunately that glow can turn ugly! When we tan, our skin begins to dehydrate, it starts to look uneven, our fine lines and wrinkles are more noticeable and we begin to flake and peel — peeling is how the body gets rid of damaged skin.
- Be sure to exfoliate your skin before any sun exposure.
- Use a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection to protect the skin from the damaging sun. Moisturising lotions are key, and ones with Aloe Vera are particularly great. Apply them throughout the day to keep skin hydrated and fend off peeling.
- Drink plenty of water. And, when you bath or shower, use cooler water to prevent the skin from drying out even further.