We all have our own personal skincare routine that we like to stick to because we know it works best for us. We all know the saying “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” however this doesn’t always apply to your skin. What works for you during the autumn, spring and winter months might not necessarily work for you during the summer time.
Just like you change up your wardrobe to suit the different seasons you should do the same with your skincare routine. It doesn’t require a complete overhaul and lots of money to do so, but you can do it with just a few simple changes to ensure your skin is getting the maximum benefits.
We’ve come up with a few things to consider that will not only make your skincare routine feel better but also really help your skin in the long run.
Use Skincare Products with SPF Protection
Whilst we encourage everyone to wear some form of SPF at all times of the year, it’s particularly important to do so during the summer time when there are stronger levels of UV rays. Try to move towards skincare products that have some form of SPF protection in them. Look for moisturisers and primers with SPF in them that you can use to create some form of barrier between the UV Rays and your skin.
Here at Akina we recommend using products with the highest SPF protection you can find. The higher the SPF the more protection your skin will have from the sun and harmful UV rays. SPF products are often very handy to have if you don’t want to wear sunscreen. You can apply them and then put on makeup. It’s important to note that some skincare products won’t provide the same level of protection that a sun cream will.
To ensure you are adequately protected against UV rays it is important to ensure that you have a sufficient amount of SPF applied on your skin to give you the required protection. During the summer months a broad spectrum tinted spf can be a better choice than a makeup with spf in it. The problem with make up containing spf is that most people do not apply enough make up to get the protection that they need from the spf in the product.
During the summer months with an increase in temperatures and humidity we tend to sweat more. Whilst this is a perfectly normal bodily function it can cause pores to become clogged with all the gunk and sweat getting into them leading to whiteheads, blackheads and pimples. This is why it’s so important to exfoliate your skin regularly to ensure you are ridding it of any particles or toxins that could make its way into your pores. A gentle exfoliating once per week will usually suffice.
Vitamin C & E
Vitamin C and E are antioxidants that fight the free radicals that are caused by the sun but will not protect you from UV rays so it’s important to still apply some form of suncream. Our bodies don’t produce enough vitamin C which is why it’s important that we obtain vitamin C from other sources.
Vitamin C is one of the many antioxidants that protect your body from harmful molecules, called free radicals as well as toxic pollutants like smog and cigarette smoke that can damage your skin. Vitamin C is known as ascorbic acid which is necessary for the growth, development and repair of the bodies tissue. Vitamin C plays a role in many of the bodies functions including the production of collagen, absorption of iron, boosting our immune system and the maintenance of bones, teeth and cartilage.
Implementing Vitamin C into your skincare routine is like adding an extra layer of protection. It will boost your skin’s overall immunity, reduce pigmentation and stimulate collagen. Read more about how important vitamin C is in your skin here.
Drink Lots of Water
In the summer our skin needs more hydration so remember to drink lots of water. We know this isn’t exactly part of your skincare routine but it plays a direct role on your skin quality. Keeping your skin hydrated is fundamental during the summer months. Drinking more water throughout the day will give your body and skin a chance to cool down and replace that water that you naturally lose through increased sweating during the warmer months.
Know Your Skin
This is probably the most important. Know what works best for your skin. If you’re prone to having oily skin then avoid using oil based products as these will only block your pores and cause more damage than good. Knowing your skin type is half the battle and knowing what products work well with your skin will allow you to take better care of your skin.
If you’re struggling to find the right products and treatments for your skin then book a free consultation with Akina and we’ll analyse your skin to help you find the right course of action suited to your skin. Get in touch using the form below or feel free to give us a call on 016766411.