Four important skincare rules for girls who love playing outdoor sports

If you are a fan of playing outdoor sports, the sun, the dirt, and the pollutants in the air will wreck havoc on your skin if you don’t give it the attention it needs. Here’s what you must have in your kit if the gold-standard of skin is your goal.

Never forget the sunscreen

Regularly applying sunscreen is a no-brainer. But if you are going to be braving harsh with rays shining directly on to your face, you need to up your sunscreen ante. Choose a sunscreen that’s broad spectrum, has an SPF at least 30, waterproof and can stay on your skin even if you are sweating buckets. Reapply every time you towel off or step out of the pool since being waterproof doesn’t make sunscreen resistant to wipe-downs.

Make cleansing a certain part of your skincare routine

Washing your face after a workout is not always necessary. But your face needs a good cleanse before and after you hit the outdoors. When your pores are already clogged, sweat and dirt will add another layer that is harder to remove. Keep cleansing towelettes on hands for a quick wipe down before you can get to the nearest sink.

Your skincare routine should include both mechanical and chemical exfoliants: scrub twice per week and book an AHA peel with your dermatologist every two months for glowing skin.

Hydration is key

Even if you don’t have dry skin, playing an outdoor sport will dehydrate your dermis. Layer on hydrating skincare products in order to create a barrier and really lock in moisture. Start with a serum, add a moisturizer, and then finish with a face oil. Keep a face mist onhand to give your skin a quick drink of water whenever it gets thirsty.

Fight the free radicals

Free radicals are the major cause of premature ageing and antioxidants are the only option to solve the problem. A Vitamin C serum will protect skin against the sun and repair damaged skin, so it is perfect for daytime wear. Supplement with antioxidant-rich foods such as grapes, berries, nuts and green tea.

Tips to Take Care of Your Skin This Summer (part 2)

4. Exfoliate Regularly to Have Smoother Skin

Exfoliation is the most important factor to smoother and brighter skin. It helps to remove dulling skin debris and dead cells, which prevents the skin from breathing. Exfoliate with a natural home remedy, such as coffee grounds mixed with sea salt and oil. Don’t forget that exfoliation is required for your entire body skin, not just your face skin. However, you should always be gentle while exfoliating your skin. Do not over-exfoliate since your skin will get bruised and you might end up getting rashes. People with sensitive skin had better opt for mild exfoliators tender on the skin.

5. Wear Sunscreen

Sunscreen must be your best friend during summer days. Pick up one that has a broad ultraviolet spectrum (about 30-50 SPF and covers both UVA and UVB rays). Reapply after three hours if you are spending all day in the sun. Remember to cover your hands, shoulders, neck, legs, and feet as well.

6. Ease up on Makeup

Summer is the time when you should cut down on the makeup. Wear minimal facial makeup to help the skin breathe better. Humidity and heat suppress the skin’s ability to breathe and therefore stress it out. Avoid anything heavy on the skin. Use a tinted moisturizer, organic kajal, and tinted lip balm in summer to help your skin be able to rest.

7. Use a Refreshing Toner

Using a good toner can close your open pores. This is necessary in summer to prevent oil accumulation in the open pores. Especially, the t-zone on your face has the largest concentration of sebaceous glands and will look slickest in the summer months. Care for this zone while toning your face. Use an aloe vera or cucumber based toner which is light and refreshing.

8. Change Your Moisturizer

When summer comes, you have to ditch those shea butter laden moisturizers and heavy cold creams for a lighter one. Do not misunderstand that your skin requires no moisture in the summer months.