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Skincare Essentials - Look And Feel Good This Summer

Hurry up summer! Long, sunny days, short nights, beaches, swimming pools and ice cream. Is it any wonder that we associate the summer months with feeling happy and carefree?

Just like changing to lighter weight clothing and donning your boardshorts, t-shirts and bikinis, your skin care needs a seasonal change too. Too much sun is bad for your skin and overexposure to sun rays can cause premature ageing. To make sure your skin looks and feels good this summer, we’ve put together a list of some summer skincare essentials to make it easier for you.

 

Skincare during summer

Your face is your identity to the world, so take care of it. Keep it clean and free of dust and perspiration during the warmer months. Remember the three important steps for ladies and gents.

 

Man applying cream on his face

1. Cleanse

Wash your face in the morning and at night to get rid of any dirt and excess oil.

2. Tone

Face toners prep the skin for moisturisers and serum while getting rid of excess oil, stubborn dirt, or makeup leftover on your face after you wash it. They also prep your skin for the next step.

3. Moisturise

This is a must! The best time to put moisture into your skin is after cleansing or shaving, while your skin is still slightly damp. This locks in hydration to give your skin a healthy glow.

As much as your face is important, don't forget to moisturise your body as well. Remember to go for lighter lotions and serums that will allow your skin to breathe naturally and take your skin type into account. Summertime calls for body lotions instead of richer body creams. Dawn’s range of light body lotions are the perfect choice for providing glow and moisture without the heaviness.

To all you macho men out there, remember that what applies to the goose also applies to the gander when it comes to skincare. Male skin needs just as much, if not more, pampering as female skin does. Dawn Men Refresh Cooling Body Lotion is the perfect choice for those hot summer days.

 

Sunscreen

Don’t forget to wear sunscreen! UV rays can be harmful to skin any time of the year, but more so in the summer months when our exposure levels are higher. Pick a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 and apply it 20-30 minutes before you head out into the sun. When swimming, keep re-applying between swims. Sunscreen application can help to minimize age spots and delay the onset of wrinkles.

 

Sunglasses

The ultraviolet rays in sunlight can damage your eyes just as much as your skin. Flattering sunhats, fashionable peaks and caps will help to protect your face, but shades are equally important to protect your eyes – after all, they’re the mirror to your soul – look after them!

Close up shot of female wearing headband and sunglasses, posing against warm peaceful ocean, blue sky and rocky cliff in background

 

Dehydrated Skin

Showering more than twice a day in summer to beat the heat, swimming in the sea, or dipping into chlorinated swimming pools can wreak havoc on your skin and leave it in dire need of hydration. Quench your skin’s thirst with a hydrating and soothing Dawn body lotion such as Dawn Chamomile & Moringa Oil enriched with natural moisturisers, or Dawn Men Energy Revitalizing Body Lotion. Your skin will love you for it.

Now that you know what’s needed to keep your skin glowing this summer, here’s our handy essentials shopping list to ensure you’re prepped and have everything you need on hand:

1. A gentle face wash

Get your skin clean and remove all your sunscreen with a gentle yet effective face wash.

2. Toner

This will keep your skin feeling and looking fresh and dewy.

3. Your facial moisturiser of choice

To keep your skin hydrated and nourished.

4. A faux tanner

5. An After-Sun Spray or Body Moisturiser

Fake the glow without the damage to your skin.

Even though you should try to keep your sun exposure to a minimum, a certain amount is inevitable. Cool down the skin after a sweltering day in the sun with a natural, aloe-based soothing spray or body lotion. Dawn has a selection of gorgeous body lotions to choose from. For real summer scented deliciousness, opt for Dawn Tropical Cream & Papaya Oil Body Lotion. And for optimal glow, you won’t beat Dawn Radiant Glow with Gold Dust lotion for those sweltering summer nights.