When you dream about summer you envision sitting on a beautiful beach with a smooth, glowing tan. What a pleasant time!
You may also see more pronounced dark spots and hyperpigmentation because of the sun.
Here are 5 skincare tips for the summer to keep you glowing and dark spot-free.
Hide Dark Spots With A Tinted SPF
Dark spots are largely caused by unprotected sun exposure according to scientists. Statistics also show that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.
But you can be dark spot-free and skin cancer-free. If you wear your sunscreen with SPF daily. In the summer it is even more critical. Wear a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30. Even when it is cloudy.
Go for a tinted SPF sunscreen. It adds that bronze tan color to your skin. And gives you the sun protection you need.
Use A Retinoid and Glycolic Acid To Fight Uneven Skin Tone
Exfoliating acids like glycolic and lactic help break down the dark spots and even out your skin tone. Retinoids increase skin cell turnover, which also helps get rid of pigmentation issues. Both can make your skin more sensitive to UV radiation.
So in the summer, it’s that much more important to use them at night. And always wear SPF in the morning.
Stick With a Lightweight Moisturizer For Easier Makeup Application
Thick creams will not do anything good in the summer. They are more likely to block your pores and cause breakouts, so leave them for cold winter months.
Your skin needs lightweight hydration. So pick a gel-based moisturizer Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer.
This will make your makeup application much easier.
Go For Minimal Makeup To Avoid Breakouts
Heavy, oil-based makeup products clog your pores, and sweating makes it even worse. All this can lead to pimples.
Go for minimal makeup using lightweight mineral-based products. Always use sunscreen before applying makeup.
Makeup products like foundations and BB creams, which contain SPF can’t replace sunscreen. Use them as an extra layer of protection, not the main one.
Wash Your Face 2x Daily For Smaller Pores
In the summer, you sweat more. So your pores tend to fill with more buildup. Which stretches them. And makes them look larger.
So you need to wash your face more often. This will keep the pores clear. And they will look smaller.
For oily skin, use a gentle foaming cleanser. For dry skin, use an oil cleanser. Do not worry - it washes off without an oily residue. For normal skin, you can go with either one.
Whether your summer lasts just three months or year-round, dark spots, acne scars, and wrinkles will stick around for a long time unless you take good care of your skin.
Follow these tips and keep your skin’s natural glow year-round!