Summer is a great time of the year to kick back, enjoy a long weekend at the cottage, and spend evenings out in the sun. But all the outdoor fun in the sun can also lead us to make some serious summer skin mistakes that have us looking dry, older, and burnt. Here are some of the most common summer beauty mistakes and how you can avoid them to keep your skin glowing, healthy, and younger looking.
1. Not Wearing Sunscreen Correctly
The first, and perhaps the most common mistake people make during the summer sounds like a no-brainer: skipping sunscreen. Sunscreen is essential to blocking ultraviolet (UV) radiation that is known to increase the risk of skin cancer and premature aging. During the summer and winter, sunscreen should be worn every single day. Here are some tips about how to use sunscreen effectively:
- You should apply it at the right time in your beauty routine, depending on the kind of sunscreen you use. Mineral sunscreens act as a physical barrier, so they should be applied on top of makeup. Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin, converted, and release UV rays, so they should be applied underneath makeup.
- Remember to reapply sunscreen every 60 to 90 minutes to prevent your skin from UVA and UVB rays because SPF degrades in the sun and eventually stops providing the protection you need. You can use a timer to remind yourself to reapply.
- Use SPF lip balm when you are going outside in the sun as the lips are extremely susceptible to UV damage. They have even less melanin than your skin does, and shiny lip balms and glosses can attract damaging rays.
2. Using Makeup Instead of Sunscreen
Even if your makeup contains SPF, you should still wear sunscreen with it. There are many types of foundations and BB creams that provides sun protection, but they do not offer enough to protect you for a day out in the sun. Also, chances are that you are not putting enough SPF makeup on your skin for it to replace your sunscreen.
3. Exfoliating in the Morning
Exfoliation is one of the keys to healthy, smooth, youthful skin, but you should keep in mind that it is dangerous to exfoliate in the morning if you are going to be out in the sun. When you exfoliate, you remove dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. This layer provides some protection from the UV rays, so if you remove them in the morning, your skin will have even less protection. When you wake up in the morning, gently cleanse your face and apply your SPF lotion, and save the exfoliation for the evening. If you use products that have AHAs, BHAs, and retinol/retinoids, you should save them for the evening. These products can make your skin extra sensitive and easily irritated by the sun.
4. Hair Removal before Going to the Beach/Pool
Another common summer skincare mistake is waxing or shaving hours before you hit the beach or pool. It sounds reasonable to want smooth skin before you expose it at the beach or by the pool, but there can be some rough side affects if you do. Hair removal such as waxing, laser, and shaving, can often lead to some serious skin irritation from sunscreen, the sun, and sand. If you do choose to shave and wax, you should give yourself 24 to 48 hours to allow the pores to tighten up again and for the skin to calm down. Laser hair removal requires a much longer wait time before you go into the sun. In fact, service providers usually request that patients not to go into the sun for at least 10 days after their treatment session. Sun exposure after laser can damage your results, cause pigmentation issues, and slow down the healing process. Laser hair removal is great for the winter when you have clothing to cover your skin, or spend more time indoors.
5. Getting a “Base” Tan
There is an old myth that many people still believe about tanning. This myth is that getting a base tan at a salon or by laying out in the sun will prevent you from getting sun burnt later. This is false, and only damages your skin. There is no such thing as “building a base” before going into the sun. Tanning beds are horrible systems that increase your risk of Melanoma and sun damage.
6. Not Cleansing after Beach Days
A bad habit during the summer is forgetting to cleanse your skin after spending the whole day outside at the beach. If you can’t access a restroom to thoroughly rinse your skin, you should bring cleansing wipes to remove any sand and debris from the day, and follow it up with a moisturizing SPF lotion.
Even on days when you aren’t at the pool or beach, you should always wash your face before bed. This is the time to exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize your skin to remove any sunscreen, pollen, oils, environmental pollution, and sweat on your skin. To fully remove all the impurities, you should lather and rinse your skin twice. This will ensure that your skin is clear and healthy.
7. Not Moisturizing Your Body Enough
Warmer weather usually means more humidity, but that doesn’t mean you should skip moisturizer. Your skin will still need pampering to stay hydrated and healthy. If you feel oily, bring a non-alcohol face mist and spritz your face and neck during the day. When using moisturizer, use a gel or water-based option during the summer, and leave the oils and creams for the winter.
8. Ignoring Your Feet
Our feet take a beating during the summer. Wearing sandals and flip-flops exposes them to dust, dirt, sun, and irritation. These shoes usually don’t have support and spread out the pad of our heels. The exposure to air can leave them dry and cracked and the friction without socks can lead to blisters and burns. If you choose to wear open-toe shoes, be sure to moisturize your feet after you shower at night. Your bath or shower will soften the skin and the moisturizing foot cream will protect the skin, so you can walk to your heart’s content during the day. Cotton socks at night will help to seal in the moisture all night long.
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If you’re looking for ways to maintain healthy, youthful skin during the summer, our professional can help. The Anti Aging Toronto Clinic prides itself on using the latest clinical methods to give clients the beauty they deserve. We support our clients being able to make the right, informed decisions about their skincare and we strive to provide the best rejuvenation and skin treatments in Toronto. Feel free to contact us by phone at (416) 546-4664 or by e-mail at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca to ask any questions. Our skin-care specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.