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Hydrating Skin Care for Summer

October 13, 2017

Hydrating Skin Care for Summer

Keeping Skin Fresh & Cool

The weather is warming-up, and we are shedding the layers – it’s time to make a few changes to our skin care routine as we embrace the heat and summer.

Top on our list is how to get your skin ready for its ‘summer reveal’ after a winter under cover – including arms, legs and décolletage. Just as important is how to protect newly exposed skin from sun damage, dryness and dehydration as we enjoy the heat and outdoors.

Skin Hydration – Inside and Out

Skin is your body's largest and fastest-growing organ and is one of the first places to show signs of dehydration. Even mild dehydration can make you feel flat, with low energy and little concentration.

Signs that your skin needs additional hydration are:

-it feels dry or is flaky

-it’s not plump or smooth

-it looks pale and drawn

-it’s always red and flushed

How to Rehydrate

By far the easiest way to improve your skin’s hydration is to make sure you get enough fluids each day. We’ve all heard the standard ‘8 ounces X 8 times a day’ or 1.9 litres a day, but keep in mind we also get fluids from our foods, so eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will get you to that daily goal without counting glasses of water all day.

How to Stay Hydrated

Staying properly hydrated is about knowing your unique needs or situation. Here are some examples of when you should stay on top of hydration not only to achieve that plump skin, but for good health.

  • Young children, especially when sick, are more affected by fluid loss
  • As we get older we don’t respond to thirst the same way, often neglecting to drink enough
  • Living in a hot climate or going into spring/summer means we need more fluid intake
  • If you are physically active, in play or work, especially when sweating, you need more fluids
  • When you are feeling hungry, try a glass of water first. Thirst is often confused with hunger.

Soothing Skin Care

So you know how to hydrate from the inside, now how to protect your skin from the outside. It’s tempting to cool off by taking long baths or showers, while these feel great they strip your skin of its protective sebum (natural oil) coating. You’ll need to replace this sebum to maintain plump skin. For best results apply your lotion as soon as you get out of the shower to lock in moisture.

How to Prepare your Skin for Summer

For smooth, plump even skin all over start this pampering routine today.  Be ready for dresses, shorts and tees as we go into summer.

  • Keep your bath or shower short (5 -10 mins max)
  • Don’t use hot water – try warm water instead 
  • Avoid harsh soaps, use a mild fragrance free cleanser 
  • Once a week gently exfoliate all over
  • Make sure you exfoliate back of upper arms, back of thighs, knees & elbows. Again be very gentle, no need to scrub hard. This will only damage skin and surface capillaries.  
  • Gently pat yourself dry with a towel
  • Now for the fun part – choose a rich lotion or cream – the more natural oils the better – as these will lock in the moisture. 
  • Gently massage cream all over. Enjoy the pampering.  

 Hydrating Skin Care Products

To trap the post-shower moisture in your skin you need to apply a layer of cream that prevents water evaporating.  Look for creams or lotions that are high in oils, like coconut, jojoba, almond or macadamia oil or shea butter. They form the best barrier to water loss.

Jojoba Oil – Natural Anti-Oxidants  

Jojoba oil works exceptionally well as a skin barrier because it’s very similar to our own natural sebum. Our skin responds to jojoba’s unique molecules by allowing it to penetrate deeply.  So it’s quickly absorbed and non-greasy. 

It’s a good ingredient for a light-weight summer moisturising cream. 

It also contains a natural balance of antioxidants and vitamins A, D and E which are known as skin healing vitamins, and essential fatty acids omega 6 and 9. Together they help regenerate skin cells and repair skin damage.

Find Your Calming Scent

We are fine tuned to associate scents with emotions and feelings. Scents or fragrances influence our moods, so positive scent associations can make us feel happy or calm. You can create a positive mood or feeling by choosing a fragrance that you love and then associate it with a pleasant experience. 

For example, use your favourite scented cream after a relaxing bath and soon this fragrance will be ‘associated’ with feelings of relaxation and contentment.  Find a scent that you love, and make it a special part of your relaxing ‘me time’ ritual. 

Refreshing & Relaxing Fragrances

Lavender is popular, but here are some other, more subtle fragrances: 

-Ylang Ylang

-Rose Geranium

-Cedar Wood

-Clementine

- Tuberose

Cool & Protected Skin

Keeping skin hydrated and protected means less sun damage and wrinkles. The easiest way to protect your skin is to cover up with summer fabrics. Put away the tight fitting nylons, polyesters and wool as they trap heat and sweat.  Change over to cool, highly breathable fabrics:

  • Try natural linen or cotton in a loose weave. It’s light, comfortable, and breathable. It also dries very fast when wet or damp.

Prevent Sun Damage

Ok, your skin is smooth, plump and glowing and you are ready for summer, but now you need to protect it.  If you don’t want wrinkles, crows feet, sun spots or pigmentation you need to cover all exposed skin with SPF protection every day. 

Sun Damage and your Décolletage

Your chest area or décolletage is going to age the fastest (after your eye area).  It is extremely delicate, and much thinner than the skin on your arms or legs. This area produces less oil and shows wrinkles first.  It also gets the brunt of harmful UV damage as most summer clothes have open or V necks.

Wrinkles on Your Chest

Once the collagen in your skin has broken down due to UV damage the wrinkles are difficult to reduce, so the best approach is prevention. 

Special care is needed for mature skin as it’s more susceptible. As your body ages the chemical that controls melanin changes; it creates more concentrated areas of pigmentation – more visible ‘age or liver spots’.

Daily Moisture for Neck & Chest

  • Cover your face and chest (décolletage) completely with SPF protection everyday
  • In the evenings gently cleanse and remove grime, sunblock and pollution

Cooling Mist -Handy Hint: If you’re feeling flushed or your skin feels dry & prickly try spritzing yourself with a cooling mist. It will instantly add moisture, draw-away heat and freshen –up your makeup.  Most sprays are compact so you can carry one in your hand-bag for a quick cool down. Misting your chest or décolletage is particularly effective at quickly cooling you down.

3 Steps to Staying Cool

As it heats up stay cool, hydrated and protect your skin.  It’s easy if you remember 3 simple steps: Drink water, Wear Sunblock (everyday & everywhere that is not covered-up), and slather on a good moisturiser.


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