Spring and summer. What a beautiful time of year, and the perfect time for rejuvenating your skin after months of static, meddling temperatures and grey, dreary skies. With warmer air, increased humidity and brighter days among us, such a volatile change can be traumatic for our skin. This guide offers five tips to ease your epidermis into the new season, ensuring your skin flourishes through the dog days of summer.
During the winter, skin can become dry, flaky and pale. It’s no surprise you want to bring new life to your skin before heading into spring, especially now you’ll be showing more as the weather heats up. The most effective way to remove old skin is through exfoliation.
The American Academy of Dermatology claims that exfoliation results in your skin looking brighter, giving you that glow. Daily exfoliation can also help prevent clogged pores, resulting in fewer breakouts, while long-term exfoliation increases collagen production which is crucial for achieving glowing, vibrant skin. When you do this to your face it clears out any dead surface skin cells, revealing a fresh, brighter layer of skin – a blank canvas which allows a more efficient absorption of skin care products.
Use CBD skin care products
Speaking of skincare products, it’s good to keep an eye out for the best, new and innovative products. One of the latest wonder ingredients in beauty is CBD. This is a compound that is extracted from Cannabis sativa, the plant associated with marijuana and hemp. In skin care, CBD is separated from the plant and its other compounds and then applied to a cream.
In February 2021 the European Commission finally added CBD to their database of cosmetic ingredients. Using CBD in cosmetics has been legal for a long time, but this update means the benefits of CBD in skincare is acknowledged by an official regulator.
In terms of specific benefits, CBD cream has a number of protective qualities. This is due to its anti-sebum, antioxidant and skin conditioning properties that combine to produce a reliable layer of protection. SPF alone will not protect you from the environment’s pollutants which can damage your skin. In brighter weather it’s important to include another form of skin protection in your daily routine, as well as SPF. The combination of a CBD face cream with an SPF is just what your skin needs to fight against pollution damage.
Apply SPF daily
Now that we’ve mentioned SPF, it’s worth talking about how important it is in the upcoming months. Sunlight and hot temperatures mean you’re likely going to be outside more, increasing your exposure to the sun. As such, it is paramount to always wear at least SPF 15 sun cream, alongside any other skin care products you’re using.
Be aware that the sun’s rays can even penetrate through windows, so if you’re sitting at your desk you can still be affected. Don’t slack in your application. Embedding it within your daily routine is the best way to ensure your skin will be protected.
Increase water consumption
This is a basic one but is often overlooked. Skin dryness is caused by a lack of moisture, and the sunnier months can be particularly gruelling for your skin. The loss of fluids is greater during this period and that is why it is important to stay hydrated by drinking more water.
But why is water so important? It helps maintain the circulation of blood. This not only supplies oxygen to the skin, but also keeps its levels balanced. One primary reason people have skin problems, such as congested skin, acne and spots, is due to a clogged system due to blood viscosity. This is exacerbated during warmer weather, when the body lacks water as a result of sweating. Drinking water helps to flush out any waste that causes blockages, thus minimising the chances of a clogged system.
The recommended eight glasses a day is arbitrary and doesn’t consider weather or exercise, so instead focus on keeping yourself topped up throughout the day. Making a habit of having a bottle within reachable distance is the best way to do this.
Get enough exercise
Like water, exercise encourages blood flow and circulation to your face which can help flush out any bad toxins. According to Dr. Marisa Garshick, a dermatologist in New York City, “exercise, by getting the heart rate up and improving blood circulation, can help to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin which keeps the skin healthy, promotes collagen production, and promotes new skin cells which keeps the skin looking glowing and is also helpful for anti-aging.”
It is also true that sweating cleans out your pores, expelling dirt and oil in the same kind of way a facial does. After your workout make sure you thoroughly clean your skin as your face becomes a hotbed for blemishes during this time. It is a good idea to do this before exercise, removing anything that can clog the pores, like makeup or other skin-care products.