Days are getting longer and warmer, it’s time to adjust your skincare regime.
Warm weather can make skin oilier and/or cause dry patches, while prolonged sun exposure can cause premature ageing with fine lines and wrinkles.
To keep your skin glowing and radiant this summer, Nikel Cosmetics shares the following tips.
Enjoy the sunshine
Summer is all about sunshine and getting your vitamin D fix, the “sunshine vitamin” that your skin produces in response to being exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is essential for regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and facilitating normal immune system function.
However, being out in the sun for too long can cause problems, so to keep your skin from overexposure, stay out of the sun during the hottest time of the day, from around 12 pm to 3 pm, and wear that perfect summer hat to keep your face from getting too much sun.
Keep your skin hydrated
It’s not only the hotter summer weather that can dry out sensitive skin. Drinking alcohol, not getting enough sleep and frequent dips in the sea or pool also have a negative effect. To keep your skin moisturised, add a few drops of facial oil to your day or night cream for an added moisture boost.
Keep your skin clean
Increased sweating is a natural by-product of warmer weather, and can result in clogged pores, which in turn may cause breakouts and pimples. Keep your skin properly cleansed by using a natural skin care product that will help remove sweat and dust particles that stick to your skin.
Eating a balanced diet filled with unprocessed foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables will go a long way to keeping your skin looking great and hydrated. Go for fruits that are high in water content, such as watermelon, a favourite in sunny South Africa, and delicious on its own or in a salad with feta and rocket, sprinkled with sunflower seeds.
Don’t forget your eyes and lips
We tend to overlook our lips in summer, not realising that they too suffer from the sun’s rays. Use a lip balm is made from 100% natural plant ingredients.
The skin around our eyes is extremely delicate and fine lines appear especially from squinting when it’s bright outside. Wear sunglasses when outdoors, and at nighttime add a nourishing eye cream to your skincare regime