Who doesn’t love flawless, radiant, and smooth skin? When it comes to summer days, you might envision your skin as firm and glowing face with a hint of tan, creating that perfect sun-kissed look. However, the reality is completely different.
Not to mention, your skin is too sensitive and more susceptible to harm when exposed to harsh environmental conditions, especially extreme hot or cold weather. While summers are here, it’s important for you to take good care of your skin and protect from sun damage.
Especially, if you live in Dubai, you will agree that the summer days in the UAE are extremely hot, humid, and dry. Not to mention, long exposures to UV rays can wreak havoc to your skin, causing sunburn, skin aging, and can even lead to skin cancer. In 2018, melanoma (skin cancer) is the 19th most commonly occurring type of cancer.
Therefore, if you don’t give attention to your skin, you will be more vulnerable to harmful effects. Keep in mind that the scorching heat of sun not only saps off the beauty from your face but also leave it dreary and lifeless. Not only this, when exposed to UV rays, your skin is more likely to lose elasticity, which results in saggy, wrinkled skin.
In brief, the hot weather can be brutal for your skin. When the temperature rises to peak levels, the humidity and heat can make your oil glands hyperactive. And, you will end up with excessive sebum, especially around your T-zone.
In some cases, you can also develop irritating skin conditions, like sunburn, itchy rashes, and even premature aging. So, as your first line of defense, it’s extremely vital for you to adopt a proper skin care regimen.
1. Wear Sunscreen
The depleting ozone layer created a way for the harmful rays of the sun to adversely affect your skin by penetrating and triggering several disorders. As mentioned before, these UV rays can cause excessive damage to your skin and even lead to cancer, it’s highly crucial for you to protect your skin from these rays.
Make sunscreen your obsession. Choose the sun-protection products that keep your skin free from damage caused by both UVA and UVB radiations. Look for the sunscreens with SPF of 30. Apply generous amounts of sunscreen on your skin at least 20 minutes before heading out.
2. Cleanse Everyday
When you step out and expose your skin directly to scorching heat and dust, you are putting your skin health at risk. In other words, heat causes you to sweat a lot. Combined with dust and sebum, the sweat will accumulate in your skin pores. As a result, you may develop whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and even acne.
Therefore, cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser. Look for products that are free from any harmful ingredients, like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and formaldehyde. It’s better for you to opt for cleansers comprising of natural ingredients or ones that contain salicylic or glycolic acid. Besides this, make sure to exfoliate your skin twice a week. Exfoliating will help remove all the dirt from your skin, by cleaning it deeply.
3. Moisturize Your Skin Daily
Like winters, soaring hot temperatures can sap off all the moisture from your skin, leaving it dry and damaged. So, it’s of utmost importance to moisturize your skin. However, when it comes to choosing a moisturizer for your face, keep in mind that the one you use during winters will not work well in summers.
You will need a product that is less oily, light and contains SPF. Apply moisturizing oil or cream every time after you wash your face. Don’t apply this moisturizer on the skin around your eyes, as the skin is sensitive and can prone to wrinkles and another form of damage. Choose an appropriate eye cream and apply it gently with your fingertips.
4. Cover Your Skin
Whether you’re a working woman, busy mom, or college-going student, you’re likely to step out even during the extremely hot weather. Although you will be wearing sunscreen, it’s not enough to protect your skin. Therefore, the best way to prevent sun damage is to add another layer of protection; cover yourself with appropriate clothing, like long-sleeve shirts and wide hats.
5. Apply Jojoba Oil
Known for its amazing benefits that it provides to your skin, jojoba oil is one of the best ways to shield your skin against sun rays. In case you’re having a sunburn, applying adequate amounts of jojoba oil will not only provide you with a soothing effect but also improve your skin. Rich in Vitamin E and B complex, jojoba oil helps repair and rejuvenate the damaged skin.
6. Stay Hydrated
Make sure to hydrate your body by drinking plenty of water, as hydrated skin is less susceptible to sun damage. Keep in mind that drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water is a must during summers. Moreover, shower or bathe with lukewarm water and avoid cold water.
The Main Takeaway
So, while the sun may wreak havoc on your skin, you can have sun-safe summers by following the tips mentioned above. This keeps your skin safe from the harmful rays of the sun but also add a glow to your face. Otherwise, the scorching Dubai heat can prove damaging for your skin.