Seven Tips For Summer Skincare

Words: Tam Selley

Summer hath arrived and with it the season of sea, salt, sun and selective skin peeling across multiple areas of the human body. Honestly, is there anything worse than having a major sunburn that leaves you immobile with an awkwardly peeling nose? While we love the summer season and all the lovely outdoor activities it has to offer, the summer sun can also be a harsh and harmful enemy. To protect your beautiful skin, we’ve got some tips and insights for the best summer skincare this festive season.

What’s the Deal with The Summer Sun?

While the UV rays in summer aren’t necessarily more dangerous than the ones in winter – we do tend to spend more time enjoying the warm rays summer has to offer. Overexposure to the sun can be a catalyst for numerous issues including premature ageing, wrinkles, sunburn, eye damage, skin conditions and even skin cancer.

Simply put, too much sun is a no-no for your skin. It is of the utmost importance to firstly enjoy yourself during the summer season but to make sure that you are amply looked after while doing so. We help you navigate your summer skincare this festive season in sunny South Africa!


1. Sunscreen

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While this may seem the most obvious step in summer skincare, you’d be surprised to find that many people tend to forego this necessary daily ritual. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to ensure that your gorgeous face is covered up at all times. If you want to avoid your face looking like weathered leather when you’re older, take our advice and think twice before you leave home without a face full of SPF 50.

For You

It’s not enough to only apply sunscreen when heading out to the beach for the day. You should also be applying sunscreen to your face on an everyday basis, a teaspoon to be exact, as your face is, for the most part, the only part of your body that is completely exposed throughout the day.

For your face, you should be applying a high SPF sunscreen every day before your makeup routine. If you’re outdoors or at the beach, you should be reapplying sunscreen to your face and body every hour.

For Your Kids

If you have kids, make sure you use special sun cream designed for children as their skin is far too sensitive to deal with the chemicals in the sunscreen that you use. Also, make sure that you smother them head-to-toe in suncream all day even if they throw tantrums – their summer skincare is the most important!

If you want to see the real impacts of sunscreen on your skin – see this incredible video of how UV looks on your skin without sunscreen compared to when it does have sunscreen.

2. Take Additional Sun Protection Measures

There’s nothing worse than being at the beach in full exposure to the sun without a hat and brolly. Before you head out for the day for whatever activity you partake in under the sunshine, make sure you have a broad-brimmed hat, something to cover your shoulders and UV protective sunglasses to block out the extra rays. Take these extra measures for your little ones as well.

3. Choose Your Time in the Sun Wisely

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Don’t be one of those lemons that go for a jog, cycle or hike at 12 noon in the blistering heat without a hat. Rather get your rear into gear in the early hours of the morning to ensure that you have a sunburn-free pip.

Similarly, try head to the beach before noon to enjoy the beach before all the hoards arrive. This will ensure that you have a little more privacy in addition to lowering the threat to your skin. See our list of Cape Town beaches for some quieter spots if crowds aren’t your thang.

It’s best to go to the beach between 08h30 and 11h00, and back at 16h00 till sunset to ensure you miss that midday scorching sunshine.

4. Moisturise After Being in The Sun

Our skin tends to get super dry and irritated in summer due to the heat, overexposure to the sun, swimming and air-conditioned cars and homes. Make sure you moisturise twice daily, preferably after your shower as your skin is still slightly damp and absorbs and retains the moisture better.

5. Hydration

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The recommended daily dose of aqua is approximately 8 glasses to ensure that you arrive at the optimum hydration station. If you find that you struggle to remember to drink water, you can download an app that reminds you to sip on H20 at regular intervals of the day.

We also suggest investing in a large reusable 1-litre bottle that you can fill up once in the morning, and once in the afternoon to ensure your daily 2-litre intake.

If you aren’t great at remembering to drink water, you can also eat your water by snacking on cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, watermelons and citrus fruits that contain high levels of water.

6. Exfoliation

Often the skin looks a little rough and dry due to the build-up of dead skin on the face and body. It’s recommended that you exfoliate at least twice a week to ensure the regeneration of cells on the face and to give way to your new healthy skin. Try using natural products that forego lots of chemicals for natural fruit grains or make your own like this DIY Moisturising Hazelnut Coffee Body Scrub.

7. Plenty of Fresh Fruit, Veggies and Vitamins

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Diet is also crucial to keeping skin beautiful and healthy during summer. Make sure that you are eating enough nutrient and vitamin-dense fruits and vegetables that will also assist in regenerating your skin and keeping it healthy. See here for 5 Easy and Healthy Summer Salads.

For more summer tips, check out our list of First Aid Tips for Summer and Our Guide to Cape Town Beaches Based on Your Personality.

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