When it comes to this time of year, the horribly increased temperatures and glaring sunshine can wreak havoc on your skin, causing the worst of the worst: dryness, irritation, and burning.
Why You Should Exfoliate
Skin care is not just for summer, it goes without saying that you should be exfoliating around twice every week, all year round. A combination of physical and chemical exfoliation will strip dead skin cells from your face and help to prevent blockage or unwanted build up, resulting in clearer, smoother skin.
Arguably more imperative in the summer months than during winter, when the sun begins beaming, your skin’s temperature will rise, leading to increased sweat and oil production. This sweat and oil can build up in pores, causing whiteheads, ingrown hairs and a generally unsightly complexion – not what we’re going for. Keeping on top of your exfoliating routine can keep the excess oils at bay, therefore preventing the build-up of anything unwanted. Choose a quality exfoliator and, if you’re really going for it, grab some exfoliating gloves for a twice-weekly once-over. Not only will it prevent the undesirable, combined with a scrub – it’ll leave your skin looking far healthier, trust us.
Choose Your Moisturiser Wisely
While most guys will take the ‘grab the cheapest’ approach to selecting their moisturizer, you could be doing yourself a greasy disservice by not opting for one specifically tailored to withstanding summer sun or oily skin. It really pays to do your research and take your time when choosing a moisturizer – do it once, then it’s just a matter of picking a new one up every time it runs out. That being said, when it comes to your summer moisturizer, there are two main factors you should be considering. First up is sun protection, most day to day moisturizers now come with at least 15SPF mixed in so there’s really no excuse. While in an ideal world, you’ll be wearing additional suncream on top – get a solid foundation down with a moisturizer/sun protection hybrid.
Use Sun Protection
While we’ve already stressed the importance of using sun protection, the more coverage you can give your skin the better. First up, even if you’ve already got an SPF bolstered moisturizer, it’s still worth adding a little more sun protection. With that considered, if you have got a moisturizer that doesn’t have any SPF built in, mixing in a little SPF when applying it is strongly advised. We’d recommend you wear an SPF50 on the daily, while this may seem a little excessive, you’ll thank us later when your mates are sagging and your skin’s still looking firm, fair and fresh.
Lastly, while exfoliating a couple of times a week will scrub away and remove any dead skin/oil buildup, the continued use of a quality cleanser will minimize your chances of any buildup in the first place. Twice daily, you should be giving your skin a proper cleanse with a cloth and a men’s skin cleanser. Nonetheless, if you have delicate or sensitive skin, it might be best to stick to unscented products so that you don’t end up irritating your skin.