At last, it’s beginning to feel a lot like summer. It’s time to shed those layers and let your skin breathe.
“However, with increased sun exposure, humidity, and other summer-related challenges, it’s essential to prepare and protect your skin,” explains Clere Gly-Co-Oil brand manager, Themba Ndlovu.
Getting your skin ready for summer involves a combination of skincare, nutrition, and lifestyle choices to ensure it looks and feels its best during the warm months. Here’s Ndlovu’s comprehensive guide on how to prep your body’s skin for summer:
Exfoliation – Start by exfoliating your body to remove dead skin cells. Use a gentle body scrub or exfoliating brush to reveal smoother skin. Focus on areas prone to roughness, like elbows, knees, and heels. Exfoliate your entire body one to two times a week.
Hydration – Hydrate from the inside out by drinking plenty of water. Proper hydration keeps your skin plump and supple, reducing the risk of dryness. Use a hydrating body lotion or moisturiser daily, especially after showering, to seal in moisture.
Sunscreen – Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to your body before sun exposure. Don’t forget often overlooked areas like your ears, neck, and the tops of your feet. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating.
Protective clothing – Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses to shield your skin from UV rays. Opt for loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing to stay cool and protect your skin.
Summer skincare products – Consider using a lightweight body oil such as Clere’s Gly-Co-Oil. Gly-Co-Oil offers a concentrated combination of moisturising Glycerine and nourishing Tissue Oil and has been specifically formulated to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and moisturise dry skin. The product is non-greasy and absorbs quickly, making it a great option for people who don’t want to feel weighed down by heavy skincare products, especially in summer.
Stay cool – Avoid overheating by seeking shade and taking breaks during the hottest parts of the day. Use fans or air conditioning to stay cool indoors and reduce sweating, which can lead to skin issues like heat rashes.
Healthy diet – Consume a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can help reduce inflammation and support healthy skin.
Stay active – Regular exercise improves circulation, which can benefit your skin by providing it with essential nutrients. Just remember to stay hydrated, especially during outdoor workouts.
Hygiene and grooming – Pay attention to personal hygiene by showering daily, using antibacterial soap to prevent body acne, and wearing clean, breathable clothing. Keep your nails trimmed and clean to prevent bacterial or fungal infections.
Hair removal – If you prefer to remove body hair, choose a method that suits your skin type and avoid sun exposure immediately after waxing or shaving, as the skin can be more sensitive.
“By following these steps, you can ensure your skin is prepped and ready to face the summer months confidently. Remember that healthy skin requires consistent care and protection, so make these practices a part of your daily routine to enjoy beautiful, radiant skin all summer long,” Ndlovu concludes.