When we think of summer, we think of warming sunshine rays, breathtaking sunsets and the sand between our toes. For a lot of us, summer is the season we’re aching for all year round. But warmer weather and sun filled days also presents challenges for the skin, and just like a change in season requires a change in our daily wardrobe, the needs of our skin alters quite the same.

This summer, we’re embracing our natural glow with a five-step guide to nourishing our skin in the warmer months.

Protect for perfection

Despite what we’re often led to assume, the sun isn’t the skin’s mortal enemy. In fact, a dose of vitamin D can do wonders for the complexion. But while many of us might see the sun as our gateway to heaven, its rays can be dangerous for the skin if it isn’t suitably protected. Unprotected sun exposure can accelerate the skin’s ageing process, the development of wrinkles, and in the worst-case scenario, lead to skin cancer.

It might appear a given but applying and reapplying sunscreen is absolutely critical in the summer months. Being in the water increases our risk of sun burn as the water reflects the sun’s rays even more. It’s important that we opt for a sunscreen SPF 30 or higher and reapply frequently, at least once every two to three hours. The reapplication of sunscreen – combined with other practices for sun safety – are the only things that stand between ourselves, a killer sunburn, and resulting skin damage.

Soak in the moisture

Salt water can be greatly beneficial for the skin—it helps to open up pores and remove toxins. But spending too much time in salty water can also lead to dryness, especially if we don’t replenish the skin and moisturise afterwards. A good moisturiser should be applied daily in summer to ensure the skin is not already dry before entering the ocean and to reverse the ocean’s drying effects.

Cleanse away

Whether it’s spending a day in the ocean or enjoying a quick dip in the pool, it’s always best to rinse off with fresh water immediately after swimming in salty or chlorinated water.

Chlorine can be incredibly drying and irritating for the skin, not surprising when we consider chlorine is used in pools to disinfect and kill bacteria. To cleanse the skin of chemicals, it’s important to head straight to the shower for a good rinse as soon as we can after getting out of the pool. Rinsing after a swim in the ocean will also remove excess salt and sand from the skin.

Excessive sweating can also cause skin issues including heat rash during summer. Frequent showering can help to prevent a build-up of sweat that can lead to heat rash, keeping in mind the need to choose a gentle cleanser that won’t dry out or irritate the skin.

Hydrate from the inside out

We know that beauty radiates from the inside out and one of the main ways to keep skin healthy during summer is by hydrating the body from the inside. Having at least one-two litres of water each day is crucial, especially in the warmer months when we tend to sweat more. Keeping the body well hydrated can protect the skin from the drying effects of the summer heat.

Give the skin a radiant boost

Prepping our skin and protecting against aggravators may well be the key to getting glowing skin this summer. Investing in a summer skin care regime that is antioxidant rich, extra nourishing and targeted towards our individual skin care needs will go a long way towards protecting our skin against the heat and boosting our natural summer complexion. Until the end of November, Massage Envy is supporting its members to get ready to glow by offering a free facial enhancement with any facial.

Take the next step towards glowing summer skin and visit Massage Envy for a personalised skin care treatment.