It’s that time of year again! Whether you’re spending your days at the beach, by the pool, on the boat, or just soaking up the summer rays, it’s crucial to remain mindful of your skin and its needs. While summer may be your favorite time of year, it could be the most detrimental to your skin if you aren’t careful.
Damage created by those strong UV rays, unfortunately, does not come with a quick fix, so it’s best to avoid the damage altogether. How, might you ask? We’ve broken that down for you with the top 5 summer skincare mistakes and how to avoid them with an easy summer skincare routine.
1. Not Wearing Sunscreen
We’re going to start with the big one. While it probably feels like an obvious tip, we really want to drive this point home. Failing to wear sunscreen can be one of the most harmful things you can do for your skin.
Believe it or not, sunscreen is essential year-round. Most people believe that winter months are a time to skip out on the SPF which, unfortunately, isn’t the case. Despite the colder temps, those UV rays are still there and can cause the same level of damage as they would in the summertime.
Applying sunscreen is a great start but don’t stop there. Remember to reapply throughout the day, especially if you’re spending long hours in direct sunlight. This helps protect your skin from aging, the development of dark spots, and even more importantly, the dangers of skin cancer.
What we’re trying to say is wear your sunscreen every day. Your skin will surely thank you for it.
2. Exfoliating in the AM
Exfoliating your skin is an important and necessary step, especially in a summer skincare routine, but exfoliating in the mornings can actually harm your skin. By removing that dead layer of skin cells, you’re removing a layer of protection from harmful UV rays.
Exfoliating also makes your skin more vulnerable and sensitive which could make you more prone to getting a sunburn. We’re not suggesting you stop exfoliating but rather doing it during your nighttime regimen.
Recommended Product: Renewing Facial Polish – This gentle yet effective polish will exfoliate and remove the oldest layer of your skin to keep you feeling radiant and fresh. Our Renewing Facial Polish includes key ingredients to healthy skin including vitamin e, jojoba, and shea butter.
3. Not Washing Your Face After A Day Outside
Spending the day outdoors isn’t uncommon during those summer months. From BBQing to hiking, to lounging by the pool, your face will collect dirt and debris throughout the day which is why it’s essential to cleanse your skin when you get inside.
Failing to cleanse your face properly can leave unwanted impurities on your skin including sunscreen residue, oil, pollen, and sweat. All of these impurities can cause acne, rashes, and even speed up the aging process. Enjoy those long summer days but be sure to treat your face to a thorough cleanse when you’re finished!
Recommended Product: Clarifying Foaming Cleanser – This light and healing cleanser will leave your skin with a foaming and soothing feel. It contains super ingredients to ensure your skin is gently cleansed including aloe vera and coconut.
4. Not Moisturizing
Another essential step in your summer skincare routine should be a moisturizer. Although your skin may feel somewhat oily during the summer months due to humidity and heat, it’s still important to keep your skin thoroughly moisturized.
We recommend moisturizing twice a day to ensure your skin does not dry out and feel the effects of the hot summer months. Moisturize, always!
Recommended Product: Essential Moisturizing Cream – This mattifying, lightweight cream is the perfect summer skincare product because it will keep your skin healthy and glowing without adding excessive shine. Avoid a summer skincare mistake by implementing this silky-smooth and radiant cream into your routine.
5. Don’t Forget the Mask!
The hot summer months expose our skin to higher temperatures, frequent UV rays, an excess of sweat and oil, and while none of that sounds glamorous, it’s the truth. This is why you simply can’t forget to mask.
Masking aids your skin in the purification process and helps prevent a buildup of impurities. We love masks and it’s important to mask routinely but even more so during the summer months. If you’ve been making this summer skincare mistake, worry not! It’s a quick fix.
Recommended Product: Pore Purifier Charcoal Mask – Purifying those pores should be a top priority, especially in the summertime. This mask will provide a deep cleanse and natural exfoliation to remove any and all impurities that have settled into your pores throughout the day.
We hope you continue to enjoy your summer and keep in mind these summer skincare mistakes to avoid. While year-round skincare is of the utmost importance, it’s important to keep these quick tips in mind throughout the summer to keep your skin feeling healthy, radiant, and protected.
The Palmetto Derma Squad