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  • Writer's pictureAli Rislan

How To Take Care of Your Skin During Summer

Updated: May 19, 2023

Have an incredible Summer this year without sacrificing your skin's health.

Does your skin change with the seasons?

The reality is that it does. Your skin goes through various adaptations throughout the seasons, whether you notice them or not. Each season brings its own seasonal skin adaptations in a repeating cycle. While this may be irritatingly unavoidable, it does come with one benefit; these seasonal changes are predictable and there are steps you can take to manage them.

Keep reading to find out the 3 most common ways your skin may be affected during summer and what you can do to avoid skin damage.

1. Oily Skin

Skincare | A man washing his face with tap water.

Your skin might become more oily in summer as it may overproduce sebum. This usually happens in humid weather and can lead to clogged pores, possibly worsening acne or triggering breakouts. Instead of managing worsened acne and breakouts after the fact, you can avoid them by:

  • Blotting your skin of excess oil with clean this sues is the easiest and simplest way. Make sure to use a tissue only once.

  • Cleanse and tone morning and evening, like usual. The cleanser will reduce oiliness and the toner shrinks pores to avoid clogging. Don't cleanse too much - this will likely make your skin even more oily.

  • Having treatments in Winter & Spring can help you to prepare your skin for Summer. Treatments such as Laser Resurfacing in Winter and Spring can shrink your pores and regulate your skin's oiliness during the summer months.

2. Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated Skin | A portrait of a female's face showing an up-close of her drying dehydrated skin

You may have heard that you're likely to get dry skin in summer but you'll actually be suffering from dehydrated skin. This is a common misconception as dry and dehydrated skin look and feel very similar. To avoid and manage dehydrated skin:

  • Stay hydrated throughout the day; keeping a water bottle nearby is handy!

  • Give your skin an extra boost with hydrating serums such as hyaluronic acid serums or get a HydraFacial treatment.

  • Use a chemical exfoliator rather than a physical exfoliator. Chemical exfoliators are more gentle on the skin.

3. Skin Discolouration/Pigmentation

Melasma | A close-up of a person's face with melasma on their cheek

You are at risk of developing skin discolouration whenever you are exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time. This can manifest as:

  • Dark patches on the skin are known as hyperpigmentation. Sun damage is the number one cause of hyperpigmentation.

  • Light patches on the skin that look like droplets of water are known as Idiopathic Guttate Hypomelanosis.

  • A significant worsening of melasma or pre-existing hyperpigmentation.

The best way to avoid this is to limit your sun exposure. But let's be honest, in the height of summer it's improbable at best. You'll want to be out and about in the sun, and that's understandable, but try to:

  • Apply sun protection before going out in the daytime (even if there is no direct sunlight), and reapply every few hours.

  • Wear clothing that covers your skin from direct sunlight, such as long-sleeved shirts or a hat.

  • Keep your skin hydrated, dry/dehydrated skin is much more likely to become pigmented.

A little bit of preparation and responsibility goes a long way when it comes to mitigating sun damage to your skin. Now you're armed with the knowledge to keep your skin healthy in summer whilst having a good time, but we understand that you may still have a couple of questions specific to your skin. Click the link below and fill out the form to find out exactly what you need. You won't be added to any mailing lists or spammed with emails, just one-to-one communication between you and us to help you keep your skin healthy throughout the summer!

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