Summer is upon us and the time has come to head out into the sunshine and bask in the rays. Stop right there though – do not step outside and into the hot sun without ensuring you have your skincare regimen down pat. Your skin needs different treatment depending on the weather and the season, and if you aren’t aware of this you could cause your skin to prematurely age – and no one wants that!

There are plenty of rules when it comes to being outdoors in the sunshine, and it’s likely you’ve heard them all, from wearing sunscreen to keeping cool with misty moisturising sprays. Saving your skin from the sun while simultaneously enjoying the properties of the heat on your skin is a balance you need to learn how to reach. It’s one thing to discover effective brightening serum and give your skin a glow, getting rid of dark spots for a more natural look. It’s another thing entirely to keep your skin young looking in the summer sunshine. Below, we have four skincare tips to help you beat those hot rays!

  1. Sunscreen. You should already have a moisturiser with a good SPF level, but if you don’t you should have a good sunscreen with a high SPF. It’s a sad situation, but so many women don’t think about applying sunscreen before leaving the house, therefore leaving their skin exposed to sunburn and rashes – not to mention aging! Regular applications of sunscreen can prevent wrinkles and dark spots, so get lathering up!
  2. Sun Watch. Check the weather for UV levels. It doesn’t matter whether you are looking at a cloudy sky, the UV levels can still be high. If your smartphone or weather website shows you that the UV level is above six, get slathering that sunscreen on. It’s a no brainer that you should be well covered during the highest heat points of the day, so keep sunscreen with you at all times.
  3. Sun Clothes. It’s not just sunscreen! You need a hat, sunglasses and a light cardigan or wrap for during the hottest times of the day. Be chic with oversized sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat and be fashion conscious about UPF clothing that can keep your skin well-protected.
  4. Sunshine Skin. You can search for hours on Google to find makeup that stays on when you’re in the sun, and finding something for your skin type can be difficult. Always apply a base coat of sunscreen and then apply a cream or foundation that also has a sun protection factor. Seal it with a setting powder and you should avoid the makeup sliding off your face in the heat.

Your skin in the sun is precious – wrinkles and age spots are common with too much exposure to the sunshine and it’s up to you to minimise this. Be vigilant about the heat of the day and don’t be fooled by a cloudy sky. Your skin matters and you should do everything you can to keep it as healthy as possible.

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