If it were up to us, we’d most likely all be tan, smooth, and glowing for the rest of the summer. While it’s not impossible, achieving healthy and radiant skin can be more difficult in the summer with excessive sweat and UV exposure getting in the way.
So what are we supposed to do to get that perfect summertime glow? First, we need to know what we’re up against. Getting tan under the summer sun sounds great but it leaves our skin vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV radiation.
Apart from sunburn and hyperpigmentation, prolonged and unprotected exposure to the sun can contribute a great deal to premature skin aging. The rise in temperature can also cause us to sweat more. While it is a natural bodily function, excessive sweating can increase the occurrence of acne breakouts.
Essential Summertime Items
To cater to these concerns, heat and sun protection should be the main focus for summer skincare. When the temperature starts to rise, we all need to give our heavier moisturizing creams a rest and make room for lighter and hydrating gels. To help you build a summer-friendly skincare routine, here’s a list of highly essential items to keep in your personal care cabinet!
Getting ample sun protection is highly recommended all year round. While UVB rays are less potent during the winter, UVA rays stay present throughout the seasons. And it is the latter that causes skin aging.
Protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays by using a broad spectrum sunscreen that has at least SPF 30, such as the TreeActiv Safflower Oleosomes Sunscreen. This sunscreen is perfect for travelling. You can leave your daily face cream at home and use this instead as it is moisturizing and can be worn under makeup. It’s also great for people with dry or sensitive skin because it’s made with hypoallergenic and moisturizing ingredients such as Vitamin E, Radish Root, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Witch Hazel.
LIGHTWEIGHT FACE CREAM
While you can substitute your daily moisturizer with a hydrating sunscreen when you go outdoors, it’s still important to keep your face moisturized indoors or when you’re about to sleep. Just because our skin tends to get oilier during the warmer months doesn’t mean we can skip moisturizing altogether.
Instead of using a heavy cream, choose a lightweight product that delivers intense hydration such as TreaActiv’s Acne Eliminating Face Cream. This is a great product especially for people who have acne-prone skin. It’s made with Tea Tree Oil, which is known for its antifungal and antibacterial properties, perfect for preventing clogged pores as you are likely to sweat more often during summer.
LIGHTWEIGHT BODY LOTION
While it’s easy to fuss over your face, the rest of the body should also get equal attention. Unlike your face, which can get oilier, the rest of your body can actually become dry during the summer.
Choose a body lotion that’s non-sticky and absorbs well, such as the TreeActiv Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion. Apart from getting rid of dry skin and rough patches, this lotion also works to repair damaged skin. It’s made with skin-nourishing ingredients such as Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, and Pumpkin Butter.
GENTLE FACE WASH
A deep cleansing yet gentle face wash should be a staple all year round, but if you’re looking for something that provides extra benefits for the summer, try the TreeActiv Anti-Aging Matcha Face Wash. The thing with anti-aging products is that you actually don’t need to wait to reach a certain age to take advantage of their benefits. In fact, it’s better to start using anti-aging products as early as your mid-20s.
Unlike a really bad sunburn, aging can’t be reversed - so prevention is one of the best ways to slow down the skin’s natural aging process. And summertime is the best time to bring out all these anti-aging defences since the number one factor that speeds up aging is excessive exposure to the sun.
This Matcha Face Wash is ideal for the summer since it’s loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C – the two main components that helps repair photodamage. It also contains various hydrating ingredients to restore your skin’s natural pH balance.
EXFOLIATING LIP BALM
Our lips are also highly sensitive to the sun and heat. However, they also tend to be among the most neglected parts of our body. During the summer, they can get dry and chapped. Aside from being unsightly, chapped lips can be painful as well.
To prevent this, it’s best to use a moisturizing lip balm with a good SPF. To keep it smooth, you can also exfoliate it regularly with nourishing products such as the TreeActiv Matcha Anti-Aging Lip Scrub.
BONUS ESSENTIAL: CELLULITE TREATMENT
Having cellulite is completely normal. It doesn’t signify anything wrong with your health or your body. However, if you feel conscious about it during the summer there are several solutions you can try to make it less visible, such as TreeActiv’s Ashwagandha Coffee Cellulite Scrub.
It reduces the appearance of cellulite with its special formulation of select ingredients including European Spa Salt, Ashwagandha Root, Juniper Berry Essential Oil, and more. The product works to exfoliate your skin, draw out impurities, trigger lymphatic tissue drainage, and fight fluid retention.
Basically, a summer-appropriate skincare routine will help make sure your skin is well-protected from the sun to avoid irreversible damage. It’s not only about looking good. Keep in mind that too much sun exposure may lead to serious skin and health problems