The scorching summer is almost here, and you know what that means — beach days, tropical vacations, and spending time outdoors! But after the long and harsh climate of the winter months, there is no doubt your skin will be ill-prepared for the summer sun. To help cleanse and hydrate your skin, read our simple tips on How to Prep Your Skin to keep it revitalized all summer long – Get Glowing!
Do the Different Seasons Affect Skin?
While many people look forward to summer, sometimes, we may overlook the need to convert over to a summer skincare routine, due to the damaging effects the summer heat can have on our skin.
Different seasons cause varying changes to our skin. Winter strips the moisture from our skin, leaving it dull, dry, irritated, and itchy, blah. While summer makes us carefree and happy, the sun unfortunately can clog our pores, cause bacterial infections, and breakouts due to high humidity which makes us sweat more. So of course, with the increased roasting temps, we crank up our air conditioners, which can sweep away the moisture from our sun kissed faces leaving it dehydrated. Man, our skin can never catch a break it seems right?
So that is why it is essential to change our morning and nighttime skincare routine as the seasons change so our skin does not fall victim to horrible skincare woes.
Make sure to pay special attention to your skin during the summer. Always ensure that it is clean, moisturized, and hydrated. And this may be a big DUH, but we will always stress the importance of using sunscreen all year round since it is vital in keeping our skin looking healthy and vibrant.
How to Keep Your Summer Skin Glowing and Comfortable
Use a Different Face Wash and Keep Your Face Clean
Washing your face is probably something that you’re already doing on a regular basis, but clean skin during the long summer months is super important. During the summer heat skin gets oilier and becomes more exposed to the elements, especially the sun. Cleansing more frequently and protecting the skin with SPF is more important than ever.
So, make sure that you wash your face every morning and night. Also, don’t fall asleep in your makeup. Sometimes after a long day of being outdoors, we may feel lazy and don’t feel like washing our face. While this isn’t ideal and recommended to take the place of properly washing your face, keep a pack of facial cleaning wipes by your nightstand.
Facial cleansing wipes can be a skin care godsend on our busy summer days and nights. They do a decent job wiping away the germs from the day off your face and get your skin clean quickly. Well, mostly.
But again, not a replacement for thorough face cleansing.
Summer heat brings on the overproduction of oil which can clog your pores causing breakouts and acne. Make sure you ditched that thicker cleanser from winter and use a gentler one like a foaming one that can get the job done. While we may sweat more, and our face can feel more oiler due to excess sweat, do not wash your face multiple times a day. You may think it’s a good idea, but it’s just the opposite. You can further dry your skin out and make it irritated. Wash your face in the morning and at night. During the day if you feel super oily, use facial cleansing wipes to get rid of that excess oil feeling.
Don’t have an idea of which cleanser to buy? Nonie of Beverly Hills has the perfect light summery cleanser to get the job done. Our AHA Skin Cleanser is suitable for all skin types, that leaves the skin clean, soft, and help close pores. It is also an excellent make-up remover. Made with naturally derived fruits and plants, it’s a perfect combination to not only cleanse your face, but it has the best ingredient combo for all of you that love clean and green beauty.
Don’t Forget to Use a Toner
Hot months require you to tone your skin to keep it clean and free of oil. Skin toners also help prevent pores from appearing. However, when applying yours, make sure that you focus on your T-zone since it’s the area that secretes a lot of oil during summer.
Looking for a skin toner that has all-natural ingredients? Then look no further. Our AHA Skin Tonic contains neroli oil and is a dewy fluid that refreshes & tightens the pores giving a smooth texture to the skin. Use this following our AHA! Skin Cleanser, which prepares your skin our AHA Moisturizers. This is a fantastic skincare regime for summer and to help your skin in the hot summer months.
Remember to Exfoliate
Our skin is constantly working to ensure that it’s healthy. And during summer, it puts more effort to try and heal from sunburns and irritation. The best thing that you can do is to make sure to exfoliate your skin a few times a week, to shed away dead skin and build up and unclog pores.
Ensure that you are using an exfoliant with all-natural ingredients. You want to give your skin a fresh look and feel, but at the same time you want to make sure you avoid toxins at any cost.
Also, it helps fight the signs of aging by reducing fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and evening skin tone. The best skincare routine always includes the use of an exfoliant.
At Nonie we have all Alpha Hydroxy Acids skincare products which are natural exfoliants that help dead cells and prevent them from building up on the layers of your skin. As such, they promote smooth and young skin. Since AHAs dissolve in water and not oil, they only work on the top layer of your skin. Beauty and skin care products containing alpha hydroxy acids are effective in treating hyperpigmentation. However, these some facial acids may irritate, especially to those with sensitive skin. There for turn to glycolic or lactic acid which are way milder and gentler for sensitive skin to exfoliate for summer.
Change Up Your Moisturizer
Your skin still needs to be moisturized even in this season. However, don’t use the heavy moisturizers you were using during winter, as they won’t work in summer. Instead, invest in a light moisturizer that is not greasy. Also, for daytime use, opt for a product that contains SPF.
When you exfoliate, your skin will be more receptive to your moisturizer. Therefore, you’ll be hydrated all day, and this will help fight the effects of UV rays from the sun.
We recommend AHA Protein Moisturizer. It has soy as its main ingredient helping in the removal and buildup of dead skin cells while encouraging cell turnover. As a result, you get a soft, smooth, and healthy complexion. For best results, use it in the morning and evening every day.
Don’t Hold Back on Using Sunscreen
Sunscreen year round may seem absurd to some, but it is vital to maintain your skin’s health especially in the summer. You need to protect every part that will be exposed to the sun. Bear in mind that UVA and UVB rays from the sun not only cause sunburns, but also cause wrinkles, premature aging, fine lines, and in extreme cases, skin cancer. This is why you should have sunscreen with the recommended SPF 15+, and make sure you apply every two hours if possible.
Looking for an SPF with all-natural ingredients? Here at Nonie’s, we got that too. Our AHA 15 SPF Sunblock Moisturizer is nourishing and not sticky like others in the market. Our formulation contains ingredients like Coconut Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Orange & Lemon Oils, Coconut Emulsifier, Orchid Oil, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. All of these ingredients are organic, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Pick Hydrating Facial Mask
In order to keep your skin healthy and glowing, you may need to go beyond your daily SPF regimen to stay moisturized. Luckily, there are several ultra-hydrating face products that can help improve your complexion beyond upping your water intake. One of the best ways to combat the dried-out summer skin is to use a mask that is packed with ingredients to fight the effects of excessive sun exposure.
Avoid Too Much Makeup
Makeup during hot days should be kept minimal to allow the skin to breathe. Too much makeup will only clog your skin and cause your skin to break out. Rather than applying foundation, opt for a tinted moisturizer with some sunscreen in it. And on top, apply some powder to cover imperfections.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
We know that eating processed foods can do a number on our skin, most likely to cause breakouts. Got a sweet tooth? Sure, we all do, but did you know that overindulgence in sugar is bad for your skin and can start the aging process early (premature aging.) Say it is not so?
Particular foods actually may have the reverse result on your skin health. The saying we are what we eat, and beauty and skincare go hand in hand. One affects the other.
There are healthy foods that boost a healthy lifestyle but can also help your skin look youthful and radiant. Foods like avocados, lemons, sweet potatoes, blueberries, leafy greens, tomatoes, and even dark chocolate are excellent superfoods that you should incorporate into your diet to prep your skin for summer.
If you want to learn more about foods that can help you achieve glowing skin this summer, check out our blog, 12 Super Foods That’ll Help You Achieve Glowing Skin.
Our skin tends to lose a lot of water during summer from sweating. Therefore, make sure that you drink a lot of water. Always carry your water bottle, and you sip from time to time.
They say you are supposed to drink at least eight glasses of water or more a day to have water flush our toxins. Wait, how much? You want a beautiful complexion for Summer, don't you?
Then drink up. All the beauty and skin experts agree that the more water you drink, the dewier your skin will look. If you don’t dig your water plain, add some fresh fruit to it. Not only will this help your water intake, see the fresh fruits as added benefits for your skin!
Avoid Too Sugary Drinks
We all know that eating too much sugar is not good for our body physically, but many of us may not know that consuming too many sugary drinks can affect our skin. If you eat or drink foods with high glycemic index (fancy word for too much sugar) inflammation in the body can occur, which in turn affects your skin. Also, excess sugar can cause skin issues like eczema and acne.
Take Care of Your Eyes, Lips, and Feet
Sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s rays. But you can also use a moisturizing gel for more protection. If you haven’t found the best product for summer to take care of your eyes, then consider Nonie of Beverly Hill’s AHA Eye Cream . It will work wonders for your eyes and is suitable for ALL skin types. The lavish, creamy texture will help banish fine lines and wrinkles, tighten and brighten your skin, and, best of all, reduce dark circles. AHA eye cream contains all-natural and organic ingredients that will nourish your skin.
Additionally, invest in a lip balm with some sunscreen protection, and remember to exfoliate your feet. Your feet also need to be moisturized and protected from the sun, especially for those who love wearing sandals that leave their toes outside. We have a moisturizer for that too. Check out our AHA Hand and Body Lotion.
Invest in a Face Mist
Face mists are for soothing sunburns and inflammation. Since we often experience these issues during summer, this product will be a great investment. It’ll make your skin dewy and fresh. If you can’t buy one, check out DIY recipes on the internet and find one that you love.
The heat and sweat can hinder you from using most of your exercising equipment. However, don’t be tempted to sit in the house relaxing the whole day. You need to exercise to help your skin maintain its glow and radiance.
Exercising helps improve the flow of blood, supplying the cells of your skin with more oxygen. As such, you’ll heal quickly from conditions like acne and sunburn. If you’re not motivated to go to the gym, consider Zumba cycling, going for a run, or even hiking with your friends. Any physical activity will do your skin justice.
Get Enough Rest
If you want a further prep your skin in time for summer, make sure you get good quality sleep, which is between 7-9 hours. However, if you are waking up looking like and feeling like the walking dead, later that day, you may have a spike in your cravings for anything sweet (sugar), which we already know is not good for our skin.
But if you know what the lack of sleep will do to your summer skin, then maybe that will get you to push the off button on your remote at nighttime. Having a lack of sleep can cause inflammation in parts of your body, organs, and yup, you guessed it, your skin, which is the largest organ in your body.
Better quality sleep can help reduce the signs of aging, reduce wrinkles, puffy eyes, dark circles, and add radiance to your complexion. They don't call it beauty sleep for anything.
Take Cold Showers
Taking hot baths or steaming can dehydrate your skin even more during summer. Opt for a cold shower instead. It’ll also unclog your skin while preventing acne breakouts. Plus when it’s hot, a cold shower will refresh you. However, if you can’t shower with cold water, use lukewarm water instead. It’ll still give you some cooling while promoting your skin to close the pores.
Can I use AHAs in the Summer?
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are staple skincare products. They go from staple skincare (fancy verbiage for important skincare products) to holy grail. But as the seasons shift and we enter summer, is it safe to use them if we find ourselves constantly in the sun?
How AHA’s and the Sun Interact
So, how do these products react with your regular skincare and prep for summer skin? The simple answer: the same as the rest of the year. And it is safe to use them year-round — although, you should consult with your dermatologist before adding a new product into your routine. It’s also important to keep an eye on your skin as the weather starts to warm; different people can have different reactions, so it’s possible you might have a sensitivity. If you do notice anything strange, it’s best to consult your doctor.
AHAs Summertime Skincare Tips
But there are a few aspects that should call for heightened awareness during the summer (or anytime you will face prolonged sun exposure).
- Ultraviolet light can inactivate AHA’s and diminish their effectiveness. For this reason, both dermatologists recommend applying any facial acid product at nighttime followed by a light moisturizer. And while it is perfectly fine to start acids in the summer, common side effects can be redness, flaking and peeling — but know that this is not seasonal dependent.
- The sun is something to be cognizant of, even though AHA’s are entirely safe to use. The products thin the outer skin barrier, and they cause increased sensitivity to ultraviolet light. And this is cause for concern as it does leave your skin more prone to sunburn (not to be confused with the side effects).
- And if you do happen to sunburn your face? It is best to take a step back from your routine. If you get a sunburn, you should not apply anything potentially irritating to your skin. Instead, use plenty of moisturizer and restart your routine once skin improves. Hold off on applying facial acid for about one week or until the sunburn has healed.
The bottom line? Alpha hydroxy skincare products and are approved for summer use, if you have a strong sun-protection plan in place.
Let Nonie of Beverly Hills Help Prep Your Skin for Summer!
There you go! Now you know of the best tips on How to Prep Your Skin for Summer. Follow these tips and your skin will look its ultimate best this summer while you hit the beach.
Still need a little extra help on prepping your skin for summer. Let us here at Nonie of Beverly Hills help. It has been proven that AHA skincare can diminish acne, dark/age spots, dehydrated skin, and uneven skin tone and textures, all of which can boost your skin complexion. We are the number one go-to for all your AHA skin care needs.
New to the world of AHA’s? No problem. Try our AHA! Sample Kit, which includes our AHA! Skin Cleanser, Body Lotion, Tonic, & Moisturize. It’s a great way to experience all of our products and get your skin used to using AHAs, and not to mention an awesome way to prep your skin for summer.
Check out our website to find the best AHA skincare products. We have everything you need to get all your summer skincare needs covered.
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By: Merri Wong