We all love living in Dubai, especially the beach life, the fantastic outings and luxurious malls. And since we live in hot and humid weather and are exposed to air-conditioner most of the year, our hair and skin need special attention.
So what do you do? We’ve outlined skin beauty routines to follow during summer months:
- Cleanse: Hot and humid weather can cause the skin to sweat, leaving the skin more likely to suffer from break out, especially for oily skin. Using a cleanser that contains Salicylic acid every morning and night helps. A cleanser with salicylic acid not only cleans, but can work as exfoliator, Which helps to remove dead skin, and helps in drying excess oil which prevents breakouts.
- Use a good toner: Toners are mainly used to restore a balanced PH skin level after cleansing, during hot and humid weather, toner can be useful to combat breakouts caused by sweat, sun screen lotion and other dirt clogging pores.5
- Moisturize every morning: Even when you feel your skin is very greasy during hot and humid summer, you will still need to moisturize, dermatologist Amy Weschler, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center said. Salt from sweat can even cause more dehydration. Therefore, moisturizing is really important during summer. Just make sure to use an oil-free moisturizer during summer.1
- Apply night serum: Night time serum that preferably contains vitamin A is recommended to battle the effects of sun exposure, and also to reverse aging. However, vitamin A treatments won’t be effective if exposed to sun light. Therefore, it’s better to apply it only at night, and use a SPF 30 sunscreen the alternating day. And you might have to start with applying every other night to build skin tolerance before applying it every night.1
- Apply a weekly calming mask: Soothing anti-inflammatory masks can help skin recovery from common inflammatory symptoms like acne, rosacea, sunburn, and allergic rashes. If you have oily skin, it is recommended to use masks with sulfur and clay. However, if you have a dry skin, aloe and chamomile are more suitable formulas.1
- Apply a suitable eye cream: the skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of the face. Therefore, taking care of this part of the face is vital for a healthy look. However, before choosing the eye cream that suits you, you will have to define the purpose of it, some eye creams are supposed to help to reduce dark circle, others to de-puff bags, and others to smooth out wrinkles around the eyes. Almost all of them still moisturize the around the eyes skin. Applying it every morning before makeup and every night before sleep helps with the above-mentioned skin problems.6
- Apply sun screen: Our skin is the interface between our bodies and the external environment, in addition to taking care of the look of our skin, we also need to consider its health perspective. Sun exposure without protection may cause skin cancer3. As we all know, dermatologists always emphasize the necessity of applying sun protection lotions in all-weather types. Even on cloudy days, 80 % of sun’s harmful UV ray can penetrate our skin. However, Snow, sand and water can increase the harm that sun cause as they reflect the sun rays2. Dermatologists recommend applying sun screen with SPF of at least 30, which protects around 97 % of UVB rays, and to be re applied every two hours.
From a beauty perspective, sunscreen helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discoloration, and it also slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin. In spite of all the risk precautions of sun exposure on our skin’s health, summer and sun can still be very tempting to get a “sun kissed skin”. Unfortunately, no risk-free tan can be obtained as the increase of skin pigment which is called melanin too is itself a sign of skin damage4. However, a sun screen with suitable SPF30 and higher and avoiding the sun in its peak times can decrease the risk of skin cancer.
Keeping your skin fresh, clean and healthy has a great effect on your makeup final look. Makeup blends better, looks better and even feels better when applied on a healthy skin. Stay safe, beautiful and keep your smile on this summer. Stay Bella 😊
2. Global Solar UV Index. World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/uv/publications/en/UVIGuide.pdf
3. cancer1Stern RS. Prevalence of a history of skin cancer in 2007: results of an incidence-based model. Arch Dermatol. 2010 Mar;146(3):279-82