Summer skincare tips for the whole family

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Summer is already here, and with heatwaves approaching and lockdown restrictions being lifted, we just want to get some sun (even if for some of us the sunbathing takes place in our back garden!). There are a few potential risks for your skin that appear in summer, though, and I’m not talking just about sunburn. The heat also dilates the pores and your skin can become oilier than usual. 

After a year stuck at home, you may have neglected your skincare a little bit though, so it’s really important to go back to the basics and start taking better care of your and your family’s skin. 

How to choose the right sunscreen

There are three things to look for in sunscreen:

  • Its SPF (sun protector factor; it indicates the strength against UVB rays)
  • Whether it also protects against UVA
  • Whether it is water-resistant

The NHS recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, and that protects against both UVB and UVA, for your kids and yourself. When looking at the label, check the ingredients: active ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are best, as they are less likely to be absorbed in the skin and are natural ingredients (stay away from chemicals as much as you can).

You should also consider what type of sunscreen you prefer. Creams, for instance, are more moisturising and it’s easier to know how much you are applying with them; sprays are easy to use, especially in areas where there is hair (for your children is not a bad idea to use sunscreen on their scalp), but it’s easy to miss spots where you could still get burned; whilst sticks are useful for smaller areas, like your lips.

And don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours, or every time your children come out of the water! 

Wear protective clothing 

It isn’t recommended to use sunscreen on babies. Instead, you should keep them away from the sun as much as possible, and use fresh long trousers and long sleeves t-shirts, with a hat, to avoid their very sensitive skin being harmed.

Of course, this also works for you too! You can buy yourself a beautiful hat and sunglasses to stay protected while looking great. 

Your children need moisturiser too

With the heat, humidity and sweat our skin suffers. The pores can become obstructed, and the skin irritated. But it doesn’t happen only to you: it can also happen to your children. 

Children’s skin is really sensitive. Being exposed to more hours of sunlight and atmospheric conditions, salted water and sand can leave it dry and itchy. But you can’t take care of their skin with your own moisturiser – it could even worsen the problem. Instead, look for moisturising creams for children and baby like Aveeno Daily Moisture Baby Lotion and make sure to check they don’t contain parabens, phthalates, fragrances or formaldehyde, which can be really harmful.

This being said, for your own skincare you shouldn’t have to go for creams containing these ingredients either. Look into something more natural, like the products from Skinsider, a brand that specializes in K-beauty (and you know how much Koreans love healthy-looking skin). It is also a good idea to change your winter moisturiser for a lighter, non-greasy one.  

Stay hydrated! 

All influencers know this: the key to a happy life is staying hydrated. 

Well, that’s a bit of a hyperbole but when it comes to skincare AND summer, you just need to. Hydrated skin is more flexible and resistant to environmental conditions, it heals quicker and overall just looks brighter. However many creams you put on your skin, hydration starts from what you put inside your body. Eating fruits (antioxidants are also really helpful) and drinking plenty of water is probably the easiest way to keep your skin healthy and beautiful this summer.

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