Want to know what Iman, Charlize Theron, and Tracee Ellis Ross have in common? Great skin, and a devotion to sunscreen. Wear it daily, and remember that youâ€™re still at risk if you donâ€™t re-apply when you need to. Donâ€™t forget the hands, ears, neck and feet, frequently neglected areas that show sun damage fairly quickly.
Hydrated skin is happy skin, so drink water, moisturise, and mist your skin throughout the day to stay hydrated inside and out. If your skin is dry, youâ€™ll improve its elasticity and prevent texture damage from dehydration. If itâ€™s oily, youâ€™ll calm irritations and lower the chances of sebum overproduction. Drink up!
Summer can be uncomfortable for skin, not just because of the heat, but also because of how much more time we spend in it on days off. Perspiration and dead skin cells pile up quickly in summer, clogging pores and giving a dull appearance to skin, so exfoliate with a gentle scrub 2-3 times a week to keep skin clear and glowing.
If the heat of summer means washing your hair or your face more often, do it - your skin will thank you. Carry hand sanitiser, a pack of wipes and a travel size bottle of dry shampoo with you when you can. Your makeup brushes will need more maintenance too, because skin is generally oilier in the heat, making makeup brushes great hiding places for bacteria and excess oil.
Falling asleep has been proven to be more difficult in a warm climate and with longer days staying up all night is easier, but your body needs rest to repair itself. Keep dehydration, dark circles, and premature ageing at bay by getting the recommended minimum of 7 hours a night. Aid skin repair with a targeted serum or moisturiser.