4 summer skincare essentials

Image: Getty Images
Image: Getty Images

Summer can be a glorious time – filled with days by the beach, lounging by the pool and tons of sun. The sun doesn’t have to be a feared enemy, but keeping it a distant acquaintance can prove difficult especially during the warmer months. South Africa is known for its harsh, subtropical climate and an effective skincare regime during the summer is necessary to avoid breakouts, wrinkles, scarring, sun burn and eventually, skin cancer.

1.     A gel cleanser

With higher temperatures come increased levels of humidity. This leads to higher levels of oil production by the sebaceous glands. Under normal environmental conditions, the skin’s natural oils can be beneficial – hydrating and protecting the skin. However, in summer, there is sometimes too much of a good thing.

2.     A light yet hydrating moisturiser

The sun’s rays drastically dehydrate the skin. Thus, a richly-textured moisturiser is essential to both strengthen and protect the skin.

3.      Waterproof sunscreen

Heavy and oily sunscreens can contribute to breakouts and an excessively shiny complexion. Remember to ensure you cover every part of your face, including your hairline as this particularly sensitive area is prone to sunburn.    

4.      Tissue oil

In summer, dark spots known can appear on the forehead, cheeks and upper lip. This can be contributed to sun damage. Tissue oil is formulated to reduce the appearance of scars, marks and stretch marks.

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