Isle Style: Summertime skincare

Isle Style: Summertime skincare

By Ariel Thompson

2 August 2022

Have you ever thought about your skin as something you wear?

It may sound a bit odd, but our skin is a part of our everyday style and because we have no choice but to wear it every day, many of us obsess over how it looks.

Everyone’s skin is different and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to skincare. However, there are basic steps we can all follow to embrace our natural glow.

Since summertime can be hard on skin due to increased temperatures, humidity and – in the Northern Hemisphere – stronger ultraviolet sun rays, here are some beauty tips to help keep your skin healthy, hydrated and protected.

CLEANSE
Your skin’s pores are a playground for bacteria. The higher temperatures and humidity during summer can enlarge your pores, allowing bacteria to get in and extra sebum (which causes oiliness) to get out. Yuck.

To help counter this, do frequent deep-skin cleanses and facials, and incorporate body scrubs to exfoliate and target deep into your pores. Monitor your skin’s reaction if you increase your cleansing frequency as you don’t want to irritate or dry out your skin.

HYDRATE
As the yang to the cleansing yin, you must hydrate to nourish your skin and replenish moisture. Be intentional with your skin’s hydration and pay close attention to the moisturising products you use this time of year. Where possible, stick to lighter products – such as water-based gels – and avoid heavier oils and creams as these can aid in clogging pores or leave you looking shiny.

Most importantly, hydrate from within! Hydrate throughout the day by drinking adequate water, which also serves as a great cleanser. Consider it nature’s two-in-one product.

PROTECT
Some people who grew up under the sun tend to think of sunscreen and other skincare products with sun protection factor – or SPF – as items used only when going to the beach or by people on vacation. Everyone of every skin type and colour should ensure their skin has proper, daily protection from the sun’s ultraviolet light rays. SPF levels vary in products, but using one with at least 30 is a good start and should be increased to a higher level during the summer. Target body areas exposed to the sun during the day, such as your face, neck, arms and legs.

You can find a variety of these skincare products and services in Camana Bay at Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa, Foster’s supermarket, Ame and Le Visage.

Note: This article does not contain medical advice. Speak with a professional to determine the best products and procedures for your skin.

This article was originally published in the July/August 2022 print edition of Camana Bay Times.

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