Summer is here, but have you (or your patients) updated your skincare regime yet? Yes, that’s right, your winter routine isn’t going to work during the summer. While your skincare routine may have done the trick during the winter, it’s important to tweak it to adjust to the warm weather. We all know wearing SPF is a summer must, but what are the other tips to minimize sun damage and prevent breakouts? Let’s find out.
SPF is a must
We mentioned it before, but we have to mention it again. It’s the one don’t-leave-it-at-home item that should be carried with you everywhere you go. You have to wear sunscreen. It’s not a maybe; it’s a must. A broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher will protect all areas of exposed skin, including your face, hands, feet, lips, and ears. While this is the first tip on our list, remember that SPF is the last step of your skincare routine. Don’t forget it needs to be reapplied every couple of hours for maximum protection.
Avoid midday sun
While you want to make the most out of the summer, try your best to avoid the midday sun. We know that’s hard, but it’ll protect you from harsh UV rays. While it may be unrealistic to live in the shade for the entire summer, make sure to wear protective clothing like a wide-brim hat, sunglasses, and a long-sleeve shirt. The more protection from the sun, the better.
Get the most out of red light therapy
With the summer heat comes sweat, clogged pores, and sun damage. However, that doesn’t mean you need to live with it. LED light therapy for skincare works wonders in preventing and recovering the skin from skin damage. Light therapy products for the face and other areas provide various colors of light that can aid in treating specific conditions such as acne caused by more sweating, as well as hyperpigmentation resulting from any sun spots.
Two words: lighten up
Yeah, that’s right! Think of it like this: would you wear a winter coat during the summer? No. So why would you apply heavy winter products on your face during the summer? Avoid heavy products like oils and stick to gentle foaming cleansers that are light yet hydrating.
To help you lighten up your skincare routine, look for a combination moisturizer and sunscreen. Thick moisturizers will clog your pores, leading to acne and inflammation, while combination moisturizer/sunscreens are ideal for most skin types and will give you enough moisture and keep your skin clear and glowing. You can reapply your moisturizer along with your sunscreen for extra hydration.
Invest in a vitamin C serum
While vitamin C is generally a great year-round serum, it’s especially important during the summer. Why? Vitamin C works to prevent hyperpigmentation, reducing the appearance of fine lines and aiding collagen production. If you use vitamin C serum alongside regular red light therapy treatment, it’ll enhance collagen production while leaving your skin moisturized and fresh.
Use non comedogenic makeup
While you may have your favorite go-to cosmetic products, it’s time you took a closer look at the ingredients. Opt for non comedogenic cosmetics whenever possible. It means that the formula is without pore-clogging ingredients, ensuring that the makeup will not cause acne or inflammation. Powder sunscreen or oil-free cosmetics are typically non comedogenic products.
Quick showers are the best showers
Oh, we know that during the summer, you want nothing more than to sit in a tub of water, but it’s best to keep an eye on your showering time. Showering more than once per day, specifically in hot water, can dry the skin out and lead to inflammation and eczema. Save your skin (and help the planet!) by cutting down on shower time.
During the summer, you want to look and feel your best. Luckily, these tips will help you perfect your summer skincare routine and have you glowing throughout the season. For year-round skincare support, we offer the top light therapy products at Kaiyan that will help make your or your patients’ skin glow. Kaiyan’s light therapy products are for clinical or at-home use, using the power of light to shine from the inside out.