Dry skin is usually associated with cold winters, but hot weather and constant sun exposure can be just as harmful as low temperatures and harsh winds.
If you already have dry skin, you might experience dry patches, cracks, flaking, hyperpigmentation and even start seeing the signs of premature ageing.
So just as you change your skincare routine in Winter, you should do the same in Summer.
Switching to lighter products that protect your skin from free radicals, pollution and sun exposure is one of the most important but not the only change you should make.
Here are 10 skincare tips for dry skin in summer.
#1 Switch to a lighter skincare routine
We usually use heavier products in Winter and layer them, but Summer calls for a lighter skincare routine. With all the humidity, heat and sun, it simply doesn't need all the layers and heavy products.
Go with the "less is more" motto and stick to a few simple light products that will take care of excess sweat, keep your complexion fresh and clean and will moisturise without clogging your pores.
One of the best skin care tips for Summer at home we can give is picking two or three products and putting the rest away until the cold season returns.
You can expect the best results when the products work synergistically, like SCOUT Super Cleanse & Clarify Duo to keep the skin clear, improve its texture, fight against the first signs of ageing and gives a radiant, healthy glow.
#2 Don't forget to exfoliate
Sensitive and dry skin might not react well to too much exfoliation in Winter, but in Summer, we tend to sweat a little more, which leads to clogged pores, so you might want to increase the exfoliation frequency.
Exfoliating removes dirt, sweat, grime, and dead cells, allowing your skin to renew, breathe and absorb your skincare products more efficiently.
While you do want to exfoliate more, make sure you still use gentle products or incorporate exfoliation tools like SCOUT Skin Therapy Glow System to protect the skin from injury.
The glow system device with Sonic + Thermal technology and natural Rose Quartz stone gently cleanses and massages your face and takes care of even the hard to reach areas. The result is radiant skin all Summer long.
#3 Choose the right moisturiser
We use thick, heavy, super-nourishing moisturisers in Winter, but how do we moisturise dry skin in Summer? Due to milder and warmer weather, the Summer season calls for a lightweight product that provides lasting hydration.
If you stick to the thicker moisturisers, it can lead to clogged pores which can result in irritation, inflammation and acne. Opt for a light product like SCOUT Balance & Replenish Light Moisturiser with Calendula, Red Mandarin & Pumpkin, which helps to balance and calm the skin. It's packed with organic antioxidant ingredients and restores the natural moisture balance to reveal a clear and healthy complexion.
#4 Add Vitamin C serum to your routine
If there's one thing you should add to your beauty routine, it's Vitamin C. It helps prevent hyperpigmentation, increase collagen production, and improves the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Vitamin C serum is perfect for a Summer skincare routine for dry skin as it's lightweight and will not clog your pores, but it is very potent and delivers results fast. Simply apply it after cleansing your skin and before your moisturise.
You can even give your skin a double dose of this potent vitamin with the SCOUT Vitamin C Skin Perfection Kit which will give you that dewy glow! The kit includes a serum and a gel, both enriched with nourishing organic ingredients to restore the skin's natural balance and improve the appearance of fine lines.
#5 Switch to a lighter foundation
If you use foundation regularly, you might want to switch your heavy matte product to a lighter one that doesn't clog the pores, has hydrating ingredients and allows the skin to breathe during the hot Summer months.
A light foundation won't create that awful mask-like layer on your skin and won't cake up after spending some time in the heat.
Try SCOUT Organic Healthy Glow Fluid Foundation with Rose & Grapefruit with light to medium and buildable coverage, perfect for dry skin, evens out the skin tone and gives that natural glow.
The vitamins and antioxidants in the product help reveal a healthy-looking, radiant complexion and help slow signs of aging.
#6 Lower your shower temperature
Hot showers whilst relaxing are not great for your skin as hot water strips the skin of essential oil and dries it even further.
Summer is a great time to shower with tepid or cold water and protect your skin, so skip that steam and go for a bit of chill!
#7 Get an air humidifier
If your skin is dehydrated, you might benefit from a humidifier in your office and home, especially if you're regularly using an air conditioner.
Air conditioners dry out the air, and the first thing that suffers is your skin.
#8 Eat antioxidant-rich foods
One of the critical tips for dry skin in summer is to make sure you eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies to ensure proper skin hydration from within.
Antioxidants in fresh produce protect your dry skin from environmental pollutants, free radicals and give you a healthy natural glow.
Take advantage of all the beautiful berries, greens, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, cucumber and yellow toned fruit such as apricots, mangoes and others while they're in season!
#9 Use a hydrating serum
If your skin is super dry and you feel like your moisturiser is simply not enough, add a hydrating serum to your routine. You can use it every other day or layer it over your Vitamin C serum and it will be very effective. Hydrating serums replenish moisture, give your skin a plumper appearance and promote healthy ageing for mature skin.
Choose something light, like SCOUT Cell Renewal Peptide Serum with Green Tea, Ginseng and Fig that restores skin youthfulness and fights against the first signs of ageing.
#10 Never forget sunscreen
This is the last of our tips for dry skin in summer, but it's probably one of the most important ones. Sun and its harmful UV rays are especially strong and nasty in the summertime.
That's why you need to make sure you diligently use sunscreen every single day. Choose a product with a minimum SPF30 and apply it 20-30 minutes before you head out into the sun.
Sunscreen protects your skin from sunburns, dark spots, hyperpigmentation and premature ageing. Yes, you can delay the formation of those fine lines and wrinkles if you don't forget sunscreen every time you leave the house!
Keep reapplying the sunscreen every few hours and after washing your face and swimming.
Try different types of sunscreen to find one that works best for your dry skin. You should also switch up brands once in a while to avoid your skin getting used to one.
If you have sensitive skin, choose physical or mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as they don't irritate or sting.