SKIN SOLUTIONS BY DR. NAZIA NOSHEEN
With summer officially here, now is the time to prepare your skin to sustain it through the summer with an eye towards maintaining and protecting that fair-weather glow. Here are a few skin care tips:
Exfoliate the excess layers: while tossing out layers of clothing, we can gently scrub and remove the layer of dead cells to uncover grease and clean skin. Mild exfoliation once or twice a week (depending upon the skin type) is essential to remove dead skin cells, grease, excess makeup and dirt that clog the pores. It helps the skin absorb nourishing ingredients and beneficial skin care products more easily and efficiently.
Switch from cream moisturizers to lighter ones: in the winter we need heavier creams to combat the cold, dry air. However, summers in Kuwait are very hot. Lighter moisturizing lotions will likely provide enough moisture for the skin, but heavier and creamier formulations may lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
Up your SPF game: although it is important to wear sunscreen all year round, it is even more important during summer as the sun’s UVA/UVB can be more intense. Incidental sun exposure, even for only 10 to 15 minutes a day, adds up over time and can cause significant damage and accelerated photo aging, hyper pigmentation and wrinkles. Using a high SPF sunscreen (30 SPF minimum and 50 SPF ideally) can reduce the accumulation of chronic UV damage that’s linked to ageing and skin cancer.
Add an extra layer of protection with vitamin C: vitamin C helps combat SPF rays that aren’t fully blocked by your sunscreen. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is particularly important during the summer, when stronger UV rays can damage unprotected skin. Not only can too much sun lead to direct DNA damage, it can also break collagen and elastin due to UV induced free radicals. Apply a vitamin C serum in the morning after cleansing your face and underneath your sunscreen.
Steer clear of thick and heavy foundations: slathering heavy foundations and concealer on your skin can cause buildup and potentially lead to breakouts. Switching to lighter products will balance out the extra oil production in warmer months and leave your skin looking healthier.
Freshen up with facial mists: throughout the day we collect and spread bacteria all over our face, but even more so in the summer when sweat traps that bacteria and we are more prone to wiping it off with unwashed hands. Facial mists can not only fight bacteria but also help cleanse the skin.< Back