When you are choosing skincare products for the summer you want to be sure that you are
making the best choices possible. Let's face it, everyone wants a great complexion -
healthy looking, youthful, blemish free skin - but how do you get it?
The process starts with how you treat your body. Crucial factors include smoking and sun
exposure (both terrible for your complexion), what you eat, how much water you drink, and
whether or not you exercise. If you are a heavy smoker who gets too much sun and not enough
exercise, no amount of expensive skincare products are going to rescue your skin.
In addition, you need to look at how you treat your skin. Many of the things that people do
in an attempt to improve their skin are actually just adding to the problem. A classic
example is the soaps that people use to try and get their skin clean.
Many soaps that people use are too harsh. Rather than cleaning the skin, they actually
strip away the healthy, natural oils that protect your skin. Using these types of soaps can
leave your skin feeling tight, dry and itchy.
Look instead for gentle soaps with a high pH - they will cleanse the skin better, leaving
little, if any, dirt or make up behind. They also create a healthy environment in your skin
- because bacteria thrive in low pH, soaps with a high pH create a healthy skin.
Other skincare products for the summer that you should consider are those based on natural
herbs and plant extracts. Many of these have been in use for thousands of years, and have
been proven over and over again to help your skin look and feel better.
A good example is turmeric, which helps to cleanse the pores and bring a healthy lustre to
skin. This plant is a native of South East Asia, and has amazing properties, including:
- Powerful antioxidant
- Anti inflammatory and antiseptic
- Prevents itching of dry skin
- It can reduce the chances of secondary infection
You can also use summer as a time to reduce the amount of make-up you wear. Healthy
glowing skin - which comes from a good diet and exercise program - is far more attractive
than layers of caked on make-up. By reducing the amount of make-up you wear, you allow your
skin to breathe and reduce the damage you cause to it.
The first rule of skin care is do no harm, so by avoiding excessive amounts of make-up, you
will be giving your skin the chance to improve, starting a positive cycle whereby you need
less and less makeup, and your skin looks better and better.