Seasonal skin care: Summer beauty routine changes
Summer is the time to make changes to your skin and hair care routines. Changes to your hairstyle and makeup will keep you looking great.
Summertime! It means warm weather and a more relaxed lifestyle. With skin baring fashions, trips to the beach, and vacations we all want to look our best. Therefore summer is a time to make some changes to your beauty routines. The change in the weather from dry and cold, to hot and humid affects your skin and hair. To look great and prevent beauty problems throughout this season you need to make adjustments to your skin and hair care routines.
One of the most important things you can do for your skin in the summer is wear sunscreen. This cannot be emphasized enough. Using sunscreen consistently is one of the best and most effective ways to prevent premature aging. This goes for all exposed skin not just your face. Wear a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 everyday. Very fair people should choose a higher SPF, as well as those anticipating long exposure to the sun. Choose a product that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Even occasional exposure can cause damage to your skin. Ultraviolet light comes through the clouds, so sunscreen is important even on an overcast day. If you plan to swim or anticipate excessive sweating, choose a waterproof product. Remember sunscreen should be reapplied every few hours to offer the best protection. Reapply immediately after swimming, especially if you dry off with a towel.
A change in your facial cleansing products may also be necessary in the summer. Skin can become oilier due to higher humidity. Clogged pores and blackheads are more common in the summer months because of active oil glands and sweat buildup. A good choice is a pore cleansing facial wash that exfoliates the skin. Exfoliation removes the top layer of dead skin cells than can block pores. Oily skin types should choose a cleanser that contains small granules for physical exfoliation. Dryer types should opt for a chemical exfoliate such as salicylic acid or an alpha hydroxyl in their cleanser. This time of year an astringent can be helpful even if you have found it too drying during the winter. When used after cleansing or heavy sweating, an astringent removes dead skin cells and bacteria left on your skin. This helps to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.
The summer usually means simpler routines and this applies to your makeup as well. Go for a more natural look, you do not want heavy makeup melting off your face in the heat and humidity. A good alternative to foundation is a tinted moisturizer. Most of these come with a SPF of at least 15 so they offer sun protection as well. If you have oily skin a powder foundation will help stop the shine from appearing on your face.
All that really is necessary for a daytime summer look is lipstick, blush, and mascara. If you do wish to wear eye makeup look for eye liner and eye shadow that are waterproof so they will stand up to sweat and humidity. If you are at the beach or pool use waterproof mascara to prevent raccoon eyes. A bronzing powder or cream can be used in place of your usual blush. This will give you a sun-tanned look without the dangers of the sun. Lightly apply the bronzing powder or cream on your cheeks, bridge of your nose, and forehead for the most natural look. Do not forget your lips need sun protection also. Look for lip balms that contain a sunscreen. You can wear these alone or under lipstick. Choose lighter and sheerer colors for your lips during the summer. Deep colors and heavy lipsticks look out of place this time of year.
Because your skin is exposed to more sun, water, chorine, etc. it is important to use a face and body moisturizer throughout the summer. It will keep skin soft and prevent flaking. There are many oil free light facial moisturizers available so even those with oily skin can benefit. Some body moisturizers also come with sun protection so they do double duty. However if you will be swimming or sweating a lot it is best to use a waterproof sunscreen.
You want to reflect the casual summer attitude in your hairstyle also. Simple hairstyles such as pulling your hair up in a ponytail, or holding it back with a headband fit with the summer theme. This can be a great time of year to try a shorter hairstyle that is wash and go. These styles will keep you cooler, take less time, and keep unruly hair under control. There are many products on the market to control frizzy hair caused by the summer humidity. You can rub these creams or gels into wet hair then let dry naturally. The tousled look of naturally dried hair looks great in the summer and is a lot less fuss when you are going from the pool to a night out on the town. You should also think about your hair when it comes to sun protection. The sun can dry out your hair and your scalp. Look for products that offer sun protection for your hair. Also wearing a hat when you plan a day at the beach will offer great protection.
A few simple changes to your beauty routines can go a long way in protecting your hair and skin during the summer months. These changes will keep you looking beautiful so you can enjoy those summer months to the fullest.