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CAIRO – 29 April 2018: The summer heat, humidity and pollution every year takes a toll on your skin, wiping off its natural glow and possibly leading to serious skin problems including infections and pigmentation. The secret to keeping a glowing skin during summer is protection and moisturizing.
Follow these simple tips this season to avoid all hassle and look fresh and glowing:
1. Wear sunscreen with high SPF
Buy a sunscreen with SPF 50 or SPF 70 and never forget to use it frequently and to re-apply it every two to three hours if you are out in the sun. Remember to apply your sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going out. Whenever you can; stay out of midday sun. According to your skin type; you can choose oil-free, gel, matte formulas or chemical free formulas.
2. Never forget your eyes
Wear sunscreen cream for your eyes and try to avoid eye makeup as much as you can in the summer. Also, always wear your sunglasses to protect your eyes from the heat.
3. Hydrate your body with body lotions and moisturizers
Use light and fast absorbing lotions with smells that makes your never forget to put them on, try fruity lotions like coconut. This will keep your skin hydrated and soft.
4. Protect your skin with makeup
Summer equals natural looks. Opt to using makeup with SPF, whether it is your foundation or face powder. Also, use a lip balm with an SPF of 15 to protect your lips and make them look fresher.
5. Exfoliate your skin regularly
If you do not get rid of dead skin cells, they will make you look dull and dry. For clearer and smoother skin; in addition to regular use of body lotions and moisturizers, always exfoliate. Use a body scrub and gently scrub your body in the shower to remove dead skin and improve moisturizers’ hydration. Try a scrub with the same scent of your body lotion, following circular movements from the shoulders to your finger toes and rinse clean. Apply your body lotion to seal moisture. You can repeat this scrub two to three times every week in the morning. You will need a facial scrub for your face and neck to improve blood circulation to the face.
6. Drink plenty of water
Drink at least eight glasses of water every day; water helps you feel fresh and prevent dehydration while washing out toxins. Your bottle of water is your best friend, keep it with you wherever you go and remember to drink every 30 minutes to fight internal dehydration. Triple your water intake if you drink caffeinated beverages. In addition, use a revitalizing toner spritz at work, in the car or even at the gym to refresh your skin.
7. Eat fresh vegetables and fruits
A well-balanced diet provides your body with necessary nutrients. Focus on foods like fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables as they are high in fluids, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Their high fluid content is absorbed more easily that drinking water.
Extra tip: use intensive hydrating overnight masks twice a week, and layer boosters underneath a moisturizer to even your skin’s porosity.