Looking After Your Skin This Summer

Congratulations! You have made it through the rainy, chilling months of winter. Now, the warmth of the summer sunshine is fast approaching, and the beach is calling your name. But, before you rush outside to your local beer garden, be sure to consider what effects the rays from the sun are having on your skin. 

While your skin does benefit from the sunshine, the rays that are emitted can also be extremely harmful. Many believe that sunburn is the only consequence of sunlight exposure, however, this isn’t quite the case. Rays from the sun can also cause your skin to wrinkle and dry out; the hot temperature during the summer can also cause your skin to become oily and, as a result, can clog pores and contribute to acne breakouts. Keeping this in mind, it is important to care for your skin throughout the summer in order to ensure a beautiful, sunkissed glow. 

Cleanse Your Skin 

Due to the humid air in the summer, you may get oilier than during the winter. Using a cleanser will help free your skin of impurities and keep it moisturized. Cleanser, such as the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel will remove any makeup and oil from your skin without drying it out. 

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel


While the summer can cause your skin to produce excess amounts of oil, it can also result in easily becoming dry; exfoliating will remove any dead skin cells that appear on the surface, leaving you with a healthy, glowing complexion. Exfoliating will also help to equal out discolouration of your skin and allow for easier absorption of moisturisers leaving your skin with a smooth finish. Exotic, and perfect for the summer, I recommend the Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub – an exfoliating scrub suitable for all skin types. 

Kiehl's Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub

Use a Moisturiser with SPF Protection 

Rejuvenating your skin during the summer is important and a prime way to do this is with moisturiser. Getting the best of both worlds, I have sworn by the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream with SPF for quite some time as it is fast absorbing and hydrates my skin throughout the day. It ensures I don’t get dry or oily, while also providing a shield against the harmful rays from the sun. The formula of the moisturiser doesn’t clog pores in your skin which keeps it as fresh as it can be, perfect for the warm months of summer. 

Eight Hour Skin Cream with SPF

Remember Your Lips! 

Your lips need protection from the sun, too! The summer can be extremely drying for your lips so keeping them nourished is just as important as keeping your skin hydrated. The Burt’s Bees All Weather SPF 15 Lip Balm protects and moisturises your lips, while also being water resistant for up to 40 minutes. A great alternative to this lip balm is the Active Protection Lip Balm by EOS, a moisturising lip balm with a higher SPF protection of 30 which is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. 

Burt's Bees All Weather SPF 15 Lip Balm

Use After Sun Care 

After exposure to the sun, your skin has the tendency to dry out, and often appear flaky; if your skin has been burned by the sun, it also may begin to peel. A great way to enrich with moisturisation is by using an after sun lotion. The Clinique After Sun Rescue helps to minimise peeling and moisturises with soothing aloe providing perfect tender loving care. 

Skin Clinique After Sun Rescue

Check the Stars 

On all sun creams, there is an SPF factor and up to 5 stars of UVA protection. What is often forgotten is the importance of the stars as they represent the amount of UVA radiation protection that the sun cream withholds. While top sun cream brands may have a high SPF of 50+, such as the Nivea Protect and Moisture, it only has the protection of 4/5 stars for protection against UVA radiation. Moreover, it is more beneficial to take your time in finding a sun cream which provides total ultimate protection, such as the Solait Sensitive Sun Cream SPF 50+.

Solait Sensitive Sun Cream SPF 50+
(Solait Sensitive Sun Cream SPF 50+)
Lauren Taylor

Lifestyle Writer

An avid writer, Lauren is a 19-year-old media student from London with a passion for lifestyle and fashion. You are most likely to find her at a gig or adventuring around the streets of the city. She loves to travel and one day aspires to explore every inch of the world.

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