A lot of us have already felt the first heatwave of the summer and, while we might enjoy the opportunity to spend a little more time outdoors lately, we should always remember the real risk that it can have on our skin. While you might know to wear a little sunscreen, it’s important to look a little deeper when it comes to your skincare. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
Ensure you’re getting full protection
As mentioned, the vast majority of us know that we’re going to need to wear some sunscreen, but what kind of sunscreen, exactly? When it comes to effective protection from the sun, then you need protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Avail Dermatology breaks down the differences between the two, with UVB causing the burning that SPF protection usually wards against, while UVA protection is rarer, but just as important to prevent long-term skin damage. Full-spectrum sunblocks protect against them both, while you don’t need more than SPF 30 to protect against all kinds of UVB rays.
Make sure that it’s good for your skin
The kind of protection they afford isn’t the only thing you should be thinking about when choosing a sunscreen. You need to think about what it’s made of, too. For instance, chemical sunblocks tend to have nano chemical particles that can penetrate the skin, irritating it and doing damage, especially for those who have sensitive skin. The kind of mineral sunblock shown at Colorscience does not absorb easily into the skin, however. It’s also less likely to cause an allergic reaction as synthetic kinds.
Hydration is key
A lot of the patchiness, dry skin, and blotchiness that many of us experience during the summer is all down to one thing, the lack of moisture in our skin. The heat and sun both suck water out of the skin, which can cause it to get a lot drier and can really exacerbate skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Make sure you’re taking what steps you can to hydrate your skin as effectively as possible, including keeping moisturiser on hand at every point. You need to make sure you’re drinking enough water as well.
Know how to make a look last
While it’s not as important as keeping your skin healthy and protected, there’s no denying that a lot of women are going to be stressed about their makeup under that summer sun. To make sure that your makeup lasts longer, be sure to prep your skin with a decent mineral primer that smoothens the skin and layer your makeup on bit by bit, setting your foundation with a bronzer so sweat is less likely to wash everything away.
Giving your skin the care it needs in the summer is crucial and for more than just the cosmetic appeal. Dryness and direct exposure to the sun are much bigger risks than ever and they can lead to real health problems if you don’t take care of them.
Nb. Collaborative post.