The Caribbean is famous for its beaches, tropical flora and fauna and it’s warm and sunny weather. During the summer months however this sunny weather can turn into scorching heat that can strip your skin of the essential hydration it needs.
In fact when you do not hydrate your skin you could develop wrinkles, your skin could begin to look dull and flakey, your acne could flare up and your skin could become itchy and irritated. while on the other hand well moisturized skin reduces the chances of skin problems; reduces the appearance of blemishes; helps your skin stay young and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
So what can we do to keep our skin looking fresh and healthy?
Drink lots of water
Its key to remember that your skin is an organ. What you eat and drink can affect it. In the summer months, we need to work a little harder to keep our bodies and skin hydrated, as the sun and heat give us an even greater challenge.
We are more active and sweat more often, so we need to be sure we get enough water (and the right kind of water). Don’t cheat on this.
This doesn’t mean the water you use to make your coffee or fruit smoothie. Drink about 2-3 liters of pure, clean drinking water daily. This is a good starting point and essential for our overall health as well as our skin.
Tip: Different body sizes require different volumes of water. One good rule is to divide your weight by 20. This will be the number of glasses of water that you should drink every day.
Now here’s the tricky truth. While not drinking water would definitely worsen a dehydrated skin condition, to fix your skin’s current state, your best option is something more topical. When we drink or eat something, that substance must undergo all of your body’s other processes before actually arriving at your skin’s surface. Thus, the impact of your drinking water over time Is helpful, but not significant enough to immediately repair pre-existing damage.
Use a moisturizer
Using moisturizer on you skin is a critical step in any beauty regimen. There are several types of moisturizers you can choose from, according to your skin’s needs.
Humectants, such as glycerin and lactic acid, attract water and help skin retain moisture. Emollients, such as fatty acids and ceramides, soften and soothe. Occlusives (known as ‘barrier creams’), such as petrolatum, dimethicone or lanolin, leave a film on the surface of the skin and seal in moisture.
Most products contain a combination of humectants, emollients and occlusives, so it’s easiest to choose a moisturizer based on your skin type. There are formulas for oily or acne-prone skin (look for ‘oil-free’ and ‘non-comedogenic’ on the label); sensitive skin; and dry or mature skin.
You’ll also notice that moisturizers have different textures. Occlusives tend to be the heaviest of the bunch while lotions are light, and creams are a little more substantial.
Invest in a good Facial Mist
Misting sprays when used properly, provide a hydration layer on the skin which can last all day. These products work best when sprayed, blotted and locked in with a moisturizer. This will trap all the beneficial elements where you want them, force them to be absorbed, and stop evaporation.
Mists with added oils do not require blotting or sealing and can be used on their own.
A light misting and blotting can also revive your tired face or refresh your makeup after your long commute or tiring day.
What is important to note is that a face mist with a good mineral composition, particularly high in antioxidant elements like Selenium, can help to restore skin’s pH balance. Mineral-rich water can also strengthen the skin’s defenses against environmental pollutants.
For those of us with sensitive skin misting can be useful for soothing many skin irritations. Use on razor burn, soothe sunburned skin, or use to cool down while on the beach. Also, refrigerated facial mist has been shown to alleviate the hot flash symptoms caused by menopause.
And for all my makeup lovers out there face misting can be used both pre and post makeup application. Locking in the benefits of face mist with moisturizer provides a perfect canvass on which to apply makeup. Misting the final top powdery layer can help achieve the much sought dew-like complexion and keep your makeup looking fresh all day.
Use a face mask
The main benefit of face masks is concentrated, focused treatment. Your regular cleansing and moisturizing routine suits your general skin type and condition. When you use a face mask, whether it comes in a jar or a sheet, the product addresses one particular complexion concern.
If you’re a more low-maintenance guy or girl, a face mask brings some occasional treatment into the mix. If you’re a super-savvy product junkie, a face mask enhances the other treatment products and serums you’re using to get you closer to your skincare goals.
Face masks are the perfect skin care treatment to help you with your skin care concerns. The right face mask can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. They’re also an excellent way to help pull out impurities. Another advantage of wearing a face mask: the feeling of being pampered like you’re at a spa from the comfort of your own home.
Every healthy skin care regimen includes daily use and weekly use products. You can use a face mask once a week, or you can use it more than that depending on your skin and your skin care concerns. Both men and women can benefit significantly from using a mask.
One of my faves is the awaken Almond anti-aging mask I bought in my recent haul post.
Masks, especially those with tingly mint in the formulation, can help stimulate blood circulation. The process of the mask drying on your skin and beginning to harden, along with the removal of the mask, causes an expansion in the blood vessels in your skin. This ensures an overall improvement in skin tone. You’ll be left with softer-feeling and smoother-looking skin, and you’ll also notice a radiant glow and more refreshed appearance.