How to protect your skin in the scorching summer heat

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How to protect your skin in the scorching summer heat

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Summer is in full swing in Australia and as we continue to experience extreme heat it is important to protect your skin. Blocking the sun’s harsh rays is the most essential routine of skincare as it helps fight ageing, keeping skin looking younger for longer.

The key to beautiful skin is to be sun savvy. We have some useful tips which will help you protect your skin this summer:

 

•    Use sunscreen: Sunscreen is one of the key ways to protect your skin from the sun. When packing your beach bag, going outdoors or tanning in the summer heat a high SPF sunscreen is essential. Make sure you pick a water-resistant non-greasy sunscreen that provides protection against UVA and UVB radiation. SPF30+ protection is also important, providing 30 times the natural sun burn protection.

 

•    Use lip balm: Our lips often get forgotten about when it comes to skin care. It is important that our lips are protected during the warm summer months, as this skin is very thin, and delicate compared to the rest of our face. Using a good lip balm with sunscreen will protect the delicate skin from sun damage and keeps lips looking healthy and smooth.

 

•    Moisturise: Double up on the protection with a moisturiser that contains sunscreen. This will enhance the skin’s natural resistance to the environment and help fight against premature ageing caused by the sun. Applying a moisturiser with sunscreen every morning will protect your skin, keeping it hydrated and looking healthy all day, every day.

 

•    Exfoliate: The heat of summer can damage your skin and cause it to become dry and flaky. When your skin is exposed to salt water, sunscreen and the harsh rays of the summer sun, dead skin cells build-up and pores can become clogged. To combat these issues a high-power exfoliant is required to help smooth and soften the skin that has become coarse from frequent sun exposure. Use an exfoliant 1-2 times per week for a more radiant complexion.

 

•    Drink plenty of water: It is important to hydrate your skin by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. It is recommended that you drink 2 liters of water a day to prevent dehydration and keep your skin looking soft and moisturised.

 

•    Wear protective clothing: The skin on your face is not the only skin that needs protection during the summer. Make sure when you’re out in the sun you wear clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Don’t forget to wear a hat to protect your face, ears and the back of your neck.

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