How to Adapt your Skincare Regime for the Warmer Months

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The warmer months can really take a toll on our skin. The sun, air conditioning units, parties, late nights and even sunscreen can play havoc with our usual skincare routines, so we’ve rounded up some top tips on how to adapt your own routine for the summer months.

Apply sunscreen religiously

It sounds obvious, but applying sunscreen throughout the day is essential for the health of your skin. Failure to do so could lead to premature signs of ageing, or even skin cancer. 80% of melanoma cases could be prevented by enjoying the sun safely, so it is vital that you make sunscreen part of your summer routine, regardless of whether you’re in a tropical country, or you stay in the UK. This means reapplying every time you enter the water, and topping up every few hours when you’re exposed to the sun, as all-day and waterproof sunscreens won’t protect you for an entire day.

Choose SPF makeup

To maximise your protection from the sun, replace your make-up with good quality SPF alternatives. For example, the correcting cream concealer available at Tropic Skincare has an SPF protection of 35, which will help prevent against sun spots, freckles and early signs of ageing. Topping up your make-up throughout the day, and applying a base layer of sunscreen, is the best solution if you know you are going to be exposed to the sun throughout the day.

Lip protection

Sun exposure will thin your skin and burn your lips, so protect them with an SPF lip balm. Liberally apply your balm every time you eat and drink for maximum protection, or better yet, cover your face when you’re sunbathing to reduce the impact of UV rays.

Use a light moisturiser

There’s nothing worse than caking your face in moisturiser during the summer months, and oily creams just won’t cut it when the sun is shining. Instead, opt for a light moisturiser with SPF protection, and be sure to use more than once a day if you feel like you need an extra pick-me-up.

Don’t forget about hands and feet

During the summer, your hands and feet can very quickly become neglected. Whether it’s dry hands from too much sun or cracked feet from those pesky flip-flops, don’t forget about them. Invest in a quality hand cream with SPF protection, and treat your feet to a pedicure or foot spa.

Exfoliate regularly

To keep your skin rejuvenated and bright, be sure to exfoliate. If you have dry skin, exfoliating once a week is enough, but if you’re oily consider doing it up to three times a week.

Eat well

Although not a skincare routine tip in itself, eating well and staying hydrated is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy glow throughout the summer. Stock up on watermelon, opt for salads and always have a bottle of water on hand to keep you cool.

Plus, according to research, consuming vitamins C and E together can limit potential sunburn, so add berries, tomatoes and nuts to your meals to protect your skin.

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