To be honest, when the Summer rolls around I have a harder time managing my skin because of the heat; moisturizer makes my skin excessively oily, and sunscreen breaks me out. I try to maintain a good routine, but being on the go consistently I find that it becomes difficult to maintain my skin in the Summer months. The warmer, more humid weather means your skin isn't dry, and many of us become lazy when we should be even more diligent. Through trial and error, I've found seven ways you can maintain your skin in the Summer months, and I'm sharing the secrets with you.
Related: 5 Must-Have Grooming Gadgets for Men
We, as men, often avoid sunscreen because it's an extra step we believe we can do without, but the worst (and only) sunburn I received was the time I spent hours on the beach with no sunscreen. You should be wearing sunscreen daily regardless of your skin type, color, or exposure. When choosing a sunscreen, look for an SPF of at least 30, though recent research has shown that you should now be wearing SPF of 40. I've been using Anthony's SPF 30 for the past few weeks, and I've avoided any additional breakouts, and when used with their Instant Fix Oil Control, I've also eliminated the buildup of excess oil.
Tips for sunscreen use:
- Shake the bottle. This helps to distribute the ingredients throughout the bottle.
- Apply sunscreen BEFORE you go outside. Aim for 15 to 30 minutes before.
- Reapply every two hours. And whenever you get out of the water, no matter how much time has passed, or if an ingredient is water resistant.
Exfoliate twice a week
Even though your skin isn't as dry in the warmer months, your skin still has dead skin cells that need to be removed. Dead skin sits on the surface of your skin giving it a dull and rough appearance; exfoliating at least once a week (ideally twice) will allow your skin to regenerate quicker. Always choose a gentle, natural exfoliator; avoid 'fruit acid' exfoliators as they are too hard for your skin and can cause additional irritation.
As I mentioned, moisturizer can make your skin oiler in the Summer months, so it's essential that you choose the right oil-free moisturizer. Look for those that have added SPF for an added layer of protection; if you're exposed to the sun daily, a moisturizer with aloe vera will help hydrate the skin and soothe it from any discomfort.
Summer fun means less sleep, but our skin replenishes stress hormones while we sleep; insert beauty sleep. So, to avoid having tired look skin, make sure you're getting six-seven hours of sleep nightly.
Dehydration is real, and it happens more than we think. In the Summer, our body craves more water because it's releasing more through sweat. Drinking water ultimately helps your body function and promotes healthy looking skin. Sip water throughout the day and consider following the 8 x 8 rule: drink eight glasses of water a day. If drinking water isn't your thing, try drinking infused water.
Cover your head/face/eyes
In addition to wearing SPF, you should be covering your body from the sun rays. Cover your head with a wide brim hat that will cover your eyes and face; this will help protect your skin from overexposure.
One of the more common parts of the face we forget about is our lips. The skin on our lips is very similar to that of the skin under our eyes; both need to be protected equally. Use a lip balm that contains SPF and reapply as you would other SPF.
Following these tips will not only have your skin looking and feeling better, they will make YOU look and feel better. How are you maintaining your skin in the Summer? Comment or tweet me your tips.