During summer it’s more important than ever to take care of our skin, protecting it from the sun and ensuring you get that glowy, fresh-faced holiday complexion. Heat and humidity are rarely our friends when it comes to our skin and living in high temperatures affects not only the appearance of the skin but also its health. Whether you’re staying in the UAE this summer or heading elsewhere, a few simple changes in your daily skincare regimen can ensure you glow through the season smoothly.
Dubai’s go-to skincare and laser expert, Rebecca Treston shares 5 simple steps for achieving a beautiful summer skin glow while tackling the heat:
- Apply sunscreen regularly
The scorching summer heat can be unforgiving on your skin and dermatologists recommend a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30 for all exposed skin areas. Apply this around 20 minutes before you head out into the sun and don’t forget to apply it on your hands and feet. Regular use of sunscreen can go a long way in minimising sun-related spots and helps in avoiding sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. Also, don’t forget to re-apply throughout the day, especially if you have been inside for a long time since the last application.
- Beat the heat with face mists
Dry skin can be your worst nightmare on hot summer days. Using face mists can refresh and revive tired skin within seconds. It not only helps you cool down, but also gives you a dewy glow with a feel-good effect on your skin. One tip is to keep it refrigerated and apply it throughout the day to refresh and reinvigorate.
- Protect that pout
The skin on our lips is extremely sensitive and much thinner than that on the rest of our face and body, making it vulnerable to the effects of harsh sunlight and drying AC. Fortunately, there are lip protecting balms that incorporate a specialised SPF sun protection that look and feel great. Don’t forget to keep re-applying this regularly throughout the day.
- Keep moisturising
Moving in and out of AC-controlled areas can cause your skin to dry out so it needs far more hydration in warmer weather. Taking more than one shower a day when the weather is hot also dries out skin, so it’s essential to moisturise your face and body regularly.
- Limit your time in the sun
Be mindful of how much time you’re spending in the sun and try to deliberately seek shade where possible. Depending on your skin type, 5 to 20 minutes of sun exposure is enough to cause sun damage. Wear wide-brimmed headgear, suitable UV protective eyewear to protect the delicate skin on your face and eyes and use an umbrella to avoid exposing yourself to direct sunlight.