Four ways to keep your skin glowing this summer

Four ways to keep your skin glowing this summer

Swap that drying, damaging tan for a healthy radiance this season with our top tips.

Swap that drying, damaging tan for a healthy radiance this season with our top tips.

When the sun occasionally peeks out of the clouds, it’s only natural to want to make the most of it. And a bit of sunshine does us wonders, producing vitamin D to keep bones healthy and helping to regulate our sleep cycles for a good night’s rest.

However, as we all know, too much sun can also damage the skin, causing premature ageing and leaving it thirsty and dry.

And as well as the usual key sun protections, such as wearing a high SPF, a wide-brimmed sun hat and avoiding the midday sun, there are some more steps you can follow to keep your skin healthy and hydrated all season long…

1. Moisturise every day – and night

While you will probably want to switch your daily moisturiser for a lighter lotion so your skin feels light, hydrated and not claggy the heat (Olay Regenerist SPF30 Moisturiser, for example, is a good option), come night-time it’s a good idea to top up your skin’s moisture levels with a rich cream.

Olay Regenerist 3-Point Age-Defying Night Cream is specially formulated to aid the skin in naturally repairing while you sleep, a key part of which is rehydrating it after a day out in the sun.

Hydrated skin has fewer fine lines and wrinkles, appears more youthful and gives you that gorgeous, dewy glow, so you should really notice the difference.

2. Look after your eyes

The delicate eye area needs extra care in the warm weather, as squinting against the light and the drying effects of the sun take their toll.

Make sure you wear a quality pair of sunglasses with a good UV filter to prevent squinting and sun damage.

It’s also important to hydrate the skin around your eyes with a nourishing eye cream. If you struggle with sagging skin around the eye area, try Olay Firming Eye Serum, which firms and hydrates for a lifted eye look; to treat dark circles go for Olay Illuminating Eye Cream, which brightens with light-reflecting particles while it works to reduce dis-colouration, or for an all-rounder that de-circles, de-wrinkles and de-puffs, try Olay Ultimate Eye Cream.

3. Keep your showers cool

Use the need to cool off from the heat as an opportunity to swap hot winter baths for warm showers. Washing in water that’s too hot strips the skin of natural oils, leaving it red, dry and irritated.

Don’t worry – we’re not suggesting you endure the torture of an ice cold shower. Just bear in mind the general rule that, if water is turning your skin red, it’s too hot. So keep it cool – and be sure to use a body lotion post-shower.

4. Watch your diet

Of course, to keep your skin – and your whole body – hydrated, it’s vital to drink lots of water. But you also need to cut down on alcohol and caffeine, as these are natural diuretics, leading to fluid loss.

Food-wise, you should steer clear of anything high in salt, such as processed foods and salty snacks, as this upsets the body’s natural balance of water and sodium, leaving you dehydrated.

Any dehydration in the body is reflected in the skin, leaving it parched and sallow. So keep your diet full of water-rich foods (think juicy fruits and green salads) to keep that glow going.

How do you keep your skin happy in the summer? Let us know your secrets in the comments below.

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susie 23/07/2017

something a bit heavier at night. I pay most attention to elbows, knees, ankles and feet. I always where high factor sun cream my skin is fair and I would burn very easily so it's easier not to let myself tan at all. The other thing is to make sure I drink plenty of water and fruit juice to keep myself hydrated from the inside too.

Hydration

susie 23/07/2017

I use a lighter moisturiser in the summer or a tinted moisturiser making sure I apply it to my neck as well. That's usually the first part of your body to show signs of ageing. I stick to something thicker for nighttime to work as I'm sleeping. I use something on my eyes morning and night too. Something to help prevent fine lines and help get rid of dark circles if I haven't been sleeping well. My body routine is similar, something light during the day but (continues next comment)

moisturise

Allisa 18/07/2017

I use moisturiser on my face and body

Skin

Molly 14/07/2017

Don't wear any sort of face cover like foundations or powder, let all the natural oils come out of your skin

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