Published: May 15, 2023
While you may be excitedly awaiting the arrival of summer, chances are that your skin isn’t feeling the same way. Between the increase in sebum production caused by the warmer temperatures and the high-intensity UV rays that damage the skin’s deeper layers, this seasonal change can really take its toll on your complexion.
Fortunately, you still have some time to make a few changes to your routine before the peak of the summer season hits. So, read on as Avinichi shares some top summer skincare tips to keep your complexion looking its best throughout the warmer months.
Keep Your Skin’s Hydration Levels Topped Up
Once the strength of the summer sun hits your skin, it doesn’t take long for those UV rays to damage and dry out your skin cells. This then affects skin barrier function. Rather than retaining sufficient moisture to keep your skin cells functioning optimally, transepidermal water loss soars, resulting in dehydration.
You probably already drink more fluids during the summer, simply because the heat can also leave the body feeling dehydrated. However, the water that you drink doesn’t immediately filter through to your skin. This makes topical hydration essential too.
Of course, you don’t want to overload your skin with heavy creams during the summer. So, turn to a hydrating serum instead, like the Hydrating Antioxidant Serum from Avinichi’s Phyto Thermal Collection. It contains a number of hydrating compounds, including glycerin and a blend of three peptides. It’s also infused with a long list of antioxidant-rich plant extracts. From apple to hawthorn berry to mushroom, these botanicals will also help to boost skin hydration levels while preventing the appearance of sun damage.
Thoroughly Cleanse the Sweat Away
In small amounts, sweat can be very beneficial for the skin. It cools the skin down, moisturizes the skin, naturally exfoliates the complexion, and even contains anti-microbial properties that can help to combat acne breakouts and certain bacterial infections. This is exactly why saunas and steam rooms have been utilized for centuries!
However, the problems begin when sweat is left to linger on the skin for extended periods of time. Sweat contains all of the dirt and grime that was previously in your pores. Therefore, allowing this to soak back into your skin spells bad news for your complexion, especially since the sweat will also carry along any impurities that were sitting on your skin’s surface.
Fortunately, there’s an easy fix – simply cleanse that sweat away as much as possible. To do this without stripping and irritating your skin, you’ll need a gentle cleanser, just like Avinichi’s Noni Mousse Cleanser. Rather than being formulated with harsh surfactants, its cleansing agents are derived from coconuts. This makes it mild and moisturizing, especially with the addition of argan oil, noni fruit extract, and aloe vera leaf extract. It’s absolutely perfect for a summer skincare routine!
If you find yourself excessively sweating while you’re on the go, keep some cleansing wipes in your bag. Although these aren’t ideal for long-term use, they’re a great way to quickly swipe any sweat off your skin until you’re able to use your regular cleanser.
Exfoliate…But Not Too Much
Due to all of the extra oil and sweat that people experience in the summer months, it can be tempting to increase the frequency at which you exfoliate. However, resist that temptation as much as possible!
Exfoliation is important, but you don’t want to end up overdoing it either. Each time you exfoliate, you remove the layer of dead skin cells that has built up on the surface of your skin. Sure, this can be beneficial, but that layer also serves as an additional barrier between your skin and the sun. Removing it leaves your skin more susceptible to sun damage, which is why you don’t want to be doing this too often.
So, how often should you exfoliate in the summer? Once or twice a week should be sufficient. Basically, keep your exfoliating routine the same in the summer as it was in the winter.
Using a gentle exfoliant can also help to prevent the appearance of sun damage. If you prefer chemical exfoliants, use AHAs with a large molecular size, such as mandelic acid. This way, the acids won’t penetrate too deeply into your skin. On the other hand, if manual exfoliation is your preference, then go with a mildly abrasive substance, such as bamboo powder, rather than something sharper and harder.
You’ll find both of those ingredients in the Avinichi Noni Polishing Peel. By combining these manual and chemical exfoliation ingredients, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of each without having to worry about over-exfoliating your skin with a harsh product.
One final summer skincare exfoliation tip – save your exfoliant use for the evenings. This way, your skin will have all night to recover before it needs to face the summer sun once again.
Switch to a Lighter Moisturizer
There is a huge body of research out there confirming that the skin produces more sebum when exposed to warmer temperatures and higher humidity. This is why the summer months can often cause the skin’s oil production to go into overdrive.
Cleansing and exfoliating will help to prevent all of this excess sebum from building up on and in your skin. However, to help maintain a grease-free complexion, it’s worth switching to a lighter moisturizer too. This way, you won’t end up overloading your skin with heavy ingredients and products, which would only lead to clogged pores and breakouts when combined with the extra oil that your skin is producing.
So, find yourself a lightweight moisturizer that won’t weigh your skin down. Avinichi’s Mulberr-E Moisture Infusion Cream, which can be found in our Phyto Thermal Collection, is the perfect formula for a summer skincare routine. Rather than being created with rich plant oils and butters, this moisturizer is packed with lightweight humectants, vitamins, and plant extracts. It will help to keep your complexion soft, smooth, and supple without leaving your face looking greasy.
Look For Products That Can Soothe the Feeling of Inflammation
If your skin has ever been left burnt or red after you’ve spent some time in the sun, then you’ll be all too familiar with the inflammation that UV rays can cause. Not only is this painful, but it also accelerates the skin aging process while potentially turning some of your skin cells cancerous.
It goes without saying that preventing this inflammation from arising in the first place should be your first point of call. However, we all make mistakes. So, if you’re now experiencing redness and irritation because you forgot to top up your sunscreen or you’ve simply spent too long in the sun, your next step should be to seek out summer skincare products that can help to soothe the feeling of inflammation in your skin.
There are certain ingredients out there that are true superstars at doing just that. Aloe vera is one, which is why aloe vera gel is such a popular go-to for calming a sunburnt complexion. Aloe vera leaf juice is just as effective, and you’ll find this ingredient in Avinichi’s Noni Pore Purifying Toner. It’s joined by a few other ingredients that can help to keep the look of inflammation at bay, including cucumber fruit extract, allantoin, noni fruit extract, and chamomile flower extract. Splash this toner onto your face once you’re done cleansing and your skin will immediately feel refreshed, relaxed, and deeply soothed.
Don’t Forget About Sunscreen
UV rays are present throughout the year, even in the winter months. This is why it’s vital to use a sunscreen year-round. With that said, UV rays are at their most intense during the summer months, so this is the time to be extra diligent about your SPF usage.
Ideally, you should be applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 about 15 minutes before you step out into the sun. You’ll then need to continue to reapply this every two to three hours.
When applying your sunscreen, spend some time ensuring that you’re using enough product and that you’re spreading it evenly across your skin. Every inch of exposed skin should be covered. Make sure that you bring your SPF right up to your hairline too. This area is often forgotten about, which is why it’s so prone to summertime breakouts.
Give Your Body Some TLC
While your body may have spent the winter months hidden under several layers of clothing, you’re probably going to have it out on display more often now that the warmer season is here. So, make sure that your summer skincare routine encompasses your body as well as your face.
Fortunately, skincare for the body doesn’t need to be quite as complex as a facial skincare routine. The skin on the body is much thicker and tougher than the skin on the face, making it more resilient.
All you’ll need to do is slather on a body cream each day when you step out of the shower. It would also be a good idea to exfoliate your body weekly to keep your skin feeling smooth and soft. Don’t forget to keep your body protected with SPF too!
Store Your Skincare in the Fridge
Here’s one summer skincare tip that will instantly make your routine feel so much more soothing and indulgent; storing your skincare products in the fridge. This may seem a little strange at first but it has really taken off in popularity, to the point where dedicated skincare fridges are now available.
Why would you want to do this?
For a few reasons. Firstly, it means that your summer skincare products will be perfectly chilled when you apply them to your skin. The cool temperature will help to immediately soothe and refresh your complexion, while also minimizing the look of redness and puffiness.
As an added bonus, refrigerating certain products can help to prolong the shelf life of their active ingredients. This is particularly beneficial when it comes to antioxidants and peptides. It will keep your summer skincare products as potent as they were when you first opened them, meaning better long-term results.
Pamper Your Skin With the Best Summer Skincare From Avinichi
If you want to keep your skin glowing throughout the summer months, then it always pays to slightly tweak your skincare routine before the intense heat of the summer fully hits. From investing in hydrating serums to switching to a lighter moisturizer, follow the tips above for a beautifully radiant complexion this summer season.
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