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Skin Care Routine — Should you change it in summer?

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• Skincare Routine - O’Keeffe’s Summer Tips

When it comes to skin, each season presents its own unique challenges. It may seem like the cold, dry winds of winter only just subsided, but summer is just around the corner, and with it, its own set of skin care woes.

In the same way that you adapt your wardrobe for the changing seasons – you wouldn’t wear a chunky jumper or thick woollen tights in summer – it’s also beneficial to change up your skin care routine.

We take a look at some of the ways the sunniest of the seasons can impact your skin and how you can adapt your skin care routine.

 

Oilier Skin

Warmer temperatures combined with increased humidity can lead to a slight elevation of the skin’s oil production. This can result in increased breakouts especially when sun cream and sweat are thrown into the mix.

Make sure to wash all sun cream off your skin and utilise a gentle cleanser to rid your skin of any bacteria that could lead to skin congestion.

 

Dehydrated Skin

Though an increase in humidity is often a good thing for the skin compared to the cold dry air of winter; if you’re spending time in a place with dry heat and not much moisture in the air, the effect will be similar. This can be worsened by indoor air conditioning.

What’s more, drinking water may not be enough to sufficiently replenish the moisture in the skin.

Whilst proper hydration is always a must (at least 4-6 glasses a day), also consider using a quality moisturiser containing ceramides, emollients, sorbitol, glycerin and humectants to help supplement the sebum within the skin and lock in moisture.

 

Sun Damage

Exposure to the sun’s UV rays can affect the skin in a number of ways; from dry, chapped lips,

hands and feet to premature aging, discolouration and worse. Not only that, but sun damage is cumulative; this means that the effects of skin damage don’t just disappear after the sun burn heals. A tan is actually your body trying to protect itself from UV rays, so that ‘healthy looking’ glow is not quite as healthy as it looks.

Sun cream is a year round must, but especially in the summer. Consider upping the SPF and reapply often to protect yourself from the damaging rays of the sun.

 

Increased Bacteria

As the weather warms up, bacteria flourishes. This means you have to be especially vigilant about cleansing your skin to avoid breakouts.

Furthermore, extra attention needs to be paid to storing skin care products properly, as they can provide a breeding ground for unwanted bacteria. Storing these items in a cool, dark place can help minimise the risk of contamination. Also make sure to clean washcloths, cleansing tools and makeup brushes often.

 

Chapped Lips

Though dry, chapped lips are often associated with the colder months, the thin, delicate skin of the lips is especially vulnerable to summer weather. In addition to drinking enough water, it may also be a good idea to use a moisturising lip balm with SPF to protect the lips and help to prevent them from becoming chapped.

Though the summer season can be especially hard on the skin, a few simple tweaks to your skin care routine and you should be ready to enjoy the sun all summer long.