How To Protect Hydrate And Glow During The Summer Months

Emma Hodgson   |   30-05-2024

From powerful UV rays to the risk of dehydration, our skin can require a little extra care throughout the summer months.

Indeed, in the Arab region, we experience some of the hottest temperatures on the planet and some of the most challenging humidity conditions during the warmer season which means that investing in skincare is essential. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the best practices and products to help you look after your skin to combat the hotter weather. 

Quench that thirst 

Luckily the best way to achieve healthy skin comes at a minimal price – through staying hydrated. During the summer months, warmer temperatures can lead to dehydration, which can manifest in dry, dull skin. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Although it can be difficult to keep note of how much water you have consumed, there are two easy ways to do so. You can do this by using a long-life sustainable water bottle with volume content listed on the side, or by downloading one of the many free apps which remind you to sip throughout the day and help you to clock those millilitres. Additionally, another great way to stay hydrated is by incorporating skincare products which promote moisture absorption into your routine. Products to look out for include lightweight moisturisers and serums containing hyaluronic acid or glycerin. These ingredients attract moisture to the skin, keeping it plump and supple even in the heat.

Beat the heat 

One of the most crucial steps in summer of course, is sun protection. UV rays can cause a multitude of nasties, including everything from premature ageing and sunburn to skin cancer. Be sure to opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it generously to all exposed areas of your skin. Reapply every two hours, especially if you’re swimming or sweating. Additionally, seek shade during peak sun hours, (in the Gulf region this is typically between 11 am and 3 pm) to further minimise damage from sun exposure. 

Another way you can help to protect your skin from harmful UV rays is through antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, which help protect the skin from free radical damage caused by the suns radiation along with environmental stressors. Try to make sure you’re getting the recommended amount of these two powerhouse vitamins in your diet, and also look for serums or moisturisers containing them too, to boost your skin’s defence mechanisms and prevent premature ageing. Apply them in the morning before sunscreen for maximum efficacy.

Revamp your routine 

During the hotter months, the combination of sweat, sunscreen, and environmental pollutants can build up on the skin, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Be sure to cleanse your skin twice daily with a gentle, non-stripping cleanser to remove impurities without compromising your skin’s natural moisture barrier. 

Although you should avoid harsh exfoliants during the summer, chemical exfoliants containing ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) can help slough off dead skin cells, unclog pores, and improve skin texture. However, be sure to use these products sparingly, as they can increase sun sensitivity. Incorporate exfoliation into your nighttime routine, and of course –  follow up with sunscreen during the day.

Soothe your skin 

Skin can easily become irritated during the hotter weather, from dryness to heat rash. Combat heat-induced inflammation and redness with cooling skincare products such as mists, gels, or sheet masks containing ingredients like aloe vera, cucumber, or chamomile. Keep them in the refrigerator for an extra delightfully refreshing sensation, and use them whenever your skin needs a quick pick-me-up throughout the day. Treat your skin to a hydrating mask once or twice a week to replenish moisture and revive dull complexion. Be sure to also look for masks formulated with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or honey. Apply a thick layer to clean the skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water for soft, radiant skin.

Natural beauty 

Heavy, oil-based makeup can feel suffocating on the skin in hot, humid weather and may contribute to clogged pores and breakouts. The best way to go is to opt for lightweight, oil-free formulas, such as tinted moisturisers, BB creams, or mineral foundations, that allow your skin to breathe while providing coverage and sun protection.

Eat the rainbow 

Alongside making sure you stay hydrated and get enough vitamins C and E, your overall diet can also have a massive impact on the quality of your skin, particularly when the weather is more trying and stressful on your pores. The best way to address this is to make sure youre regularly eating many different coloured vegetables and fruits – hence the phrase many nutritionists use – eat the rainbow!  Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids provides essential nutrients for healthy skin. As with most health matters, having a regular sleep routine and exercise can also vastly help improve the appearance of your skin.