Summer is approaching, and with it comes humidity, high heat and the chance for UV damage every moment you spend outdoors. Warm weather can make skincare a little more complex. After all, you need to compensate for the damage caused by the sun, moisture loss due to sweat, and many other issues.
The basics of a good skincare routine are applicable for all seasons and local climates, but there are some tweaks that can make it even effective during summer time. Here are five A-Daima approved summer skincare tips for the coming months:
Tip #1: Avoid the Sun
This sounds like very basic advice, but it’s something many people forget (or frankly just don't want to do!) in their enjoyment of warm summer weather. It’s incredibly important to avoid the sun as much as possible, especially at midday when its rays are strongest. This applies not just to your face, although it’s the most vulnerable to sun damage. Limit exposure to your shoulders, arms, and legs by wearing sunglasses as much as you can and using sun-protective clothing as a physical barrier.
Tip #2: Lather on the SPF
Of course, it’s impossible to avoid the sun every single day. And who would want to? It defeats the purpose of summer, right? To protect your skin while living your best life, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Don’t leave home without applying it to all exposed skin, and reapply every two hours. If you’re spending time at the pool or the beach, be sure to immediately slather on sunscreen the moment you step out of the water. Or you can make life easier on yourself and use water-resistant sunscreen (Unsun and Black Girl make some of our faves) .
Tip #3: Always Hydrate
Hydration is crucial for overall health, especially during the height of summer. If you feel thirsty, that means you’re already dehydrated. Carry a water bottle with you whenever you go out, and and consume some at least once every hour. Good hydration habits mean healthier, glowing skin!
Tip #4: Use Lighter Products
Take a close look at your skincare lineup to determine which products are on the heavy side and put those in the backseat for now and use gentler options.
A Daima’s Safi Double Cleanse Bundle includes the Safi Oil Cleanser and Safi Gentle Gel Cleanser. This combination is very lightweight, making it perfect for all skin types and will not clog your pores.
The Oil Cleanser melts away dirt and excess oil from your skin, so it’s a perfect prelude to the Gentle Gel Cleanser. It’s a brightening face wash that’s the best facial cleanser for dry skin. This Double Cleanse system will leave your skin feeling silky-smooth, supple, and balanced, even during the worst summer heat.
Tip #5: Level Up Your Exfoliation
If you have oily skin and you only exfoliate once a week, it’s time to expand that habit. Exfoliating every 2 or 3 days can open up blocked pores and get rid of buildup that results in acne. Summer is the season to exfoliate and soothe your skin, especially after you’ve been out in the sun. But as always when it comes to exfoliation, Tip #2 is KEY!
The heat and humidity of summer mean you must take special care of your skin. There’s no need to overhaul your entire skincare routine, but you should make sure to use the most lightweight products to keep your skin fresh and healthy. Remember to moisturize, hydrate, and wear sunscreen every day!