There’s so much to love about summer! Our schedules are not as jam-packed, we get to plan our long-awaited vacations, and the atmosphere that comes along with the season is nothing short of infectious. Even if you’re not a fan of the rising temperatures, you still have many opportunities to beat the heat, whether it’s enjoying a fun beach or pool day or taking delightful strolls in the evening breezes. No matter how you put it, there’s no surprise why so many people find summer the best season of the year!

But, of course, no season comes without disadvantages - summer included. Unfortunately, summer can put quite a number on your skin, especially when it comes to hydration. We understand you may love to bask in the rays and stay outside as much as possible. However, too much exposure can not only leave your skin dehydrated but may cause it to age prematurely. We figure this is the last thing you want, so you’ll need to tweak your summer skincare.

Why Do You Need A Summer Skincare Routine?

Surprisingly, not many people are aware that they should switch out their beauty products once summer arrives. They tend to stick to a routine that surely works, but once the temperatures surge and the sun is in full blast, the products they cling to may not work in their favor. For instance, during the winter, we tend to use rich and heavy moisturizers so our skin barrier is protected from the cold weather. However, using the same moisturizer in the summer, your pores will get severely clogged, resulting in oily skin and countless breakouts. This is just one instance of why you should have a summer skincare routine ready to go.

As previously mentioned, heat and sun exposure are the skin’s number one enemy during the summer, so it’s important to ensure it’s hydrated throughout the whole season. Drinking a lot of water will do wonders, but you also need to stock up on summer skincare essentials. If you don’t know where to begin, you’ve come to the right place.

Proper skin hydration in the summer is our mission; we’ll show you how to achieve it! With our summer skincare tips, we’ll show you all the things that cause our skin to be as dry as the desert during the season, as well as products you should consider including in your routine. At Jai Organics, we always like to go the extra mile so you can have radiant skin year-round, so our hydration tips will even cover different skin types. We have included some great product suggestions that will take you one step closer to your goal!

Causes of Dehydrated Skin in the Summer

Before diving head-first into summer skincare, let’s take a look at what makes our skin dehydrated, dry, and flaky during the season.

  • UV Rays and Sun Exposure

We love the sun as much as the next person, but we simply cannot brush off the fact of how damaging it is for our skin, especially in the summer. UV rays can penetrate deep into the skin, causing it to lose water and even cause wrinkles and fine lines. With that in mind, it’s vital you limit exposure as much as possible. Whenever the temperatures are scorching, and the UV index is really high, go out only if you need to and avoid exposing yourself to the sun during the early afternoon hours. Also, stepping out without putting sunscreen on is the biggest NO imaginable!

  • Hot and Humid Weather

Another aspect that plays a major role in skin dehydration in the summer is the high temperatures. Hot weather makes us sweat, and if you’re exposed to the heat for too long, your body won’t be able to retain moisture. As a result, our skin gets dry, lifeless, and flaky. Additionally, humidity can produce excess oil, leading to clogged pores and the occasional acne breakout. While there’s not much you can do about the temperatures, you should always wear light and breathable clothes and increase your water intake as much as possible.

  • Air Conditioning

Most of us can’t imagine going through summer without our trusted AC units, right? Unfortunately, as helpful as they are, cooling systems take the moisture out of the air, making it significantly drier. Although you may not feel this directly since you’re so focused on cooling yourself off, your skin certainly does. Namely, this lack of moisture causes skin hydration to go down and can cause further damage to the skin barrier. With that said, avoid setting the temperature too low, and consider adding humidifiers to your home.

  • Dehydration

This is a pretty obvious one, but many people seem to brush off just how much dehydration affects your skin. This season usually comes with fun drinks that will definitely quench your thirst yet don’t do a lot in terms of hydration. For that reason, we suggest you always stick to water. If you don’t like its plain flavor, you can add some lemon or cucumber slices to kick it up a notch. And the hydration doesn’t stop there! In addition to switching up your summer skincare routine, you should also consider tweaking your diet. In other words, try to eat fruits and veggies that are filled with water, such as watermelon, pineapple, lettuce, and so forth.

  • Chemically-Rich Skincare Products

Due to the hot temperatures, dust particles and grime are practically “stuck” in the air, which is why so many professionals recommend letting our skin breathe. What this means is to avoid using chemically-rich products as much as possible. Of course, this doesn’t apply to sunscreen, considering it’s a summer skincare essential. However, other products, such as moisturizers and cleansers, may have chemicals in them that won’t react nicely with the sun. That said, carefully read the labels on the products you already have and set aside the “heavy” products for a different time. Instead, you should replace them with all-natural alternatives - our suggestions will surely come in handy!

The Perfect Summer Skincare Routine

Now that you know what causes your skin to dry out dramatically over the summer, it’s time to create a routine that will work wonders for you! Naturally, this isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach since everyone’s skin is different. Still, certain products will contribute a lot to skin hydration, leaving it healthy and glowing.

  • Exfoliate Regularly

We already touched ground how the air is congested with dust particles and dirt during the summer and how that affects your skin. Since most of the bacteria get trapped in your skin, you should take extra precautions on how to remove it safely. What is the best way to do that? Exfoliation, of course!

Exfoliating is an absolute must in your summer skincare routine and should be done once per week. Even if you use the most hydrating moisturizer, it won’t have an effect unless your skin is exfoliated. So, be on the lookout for natural exfoliants that will deeply penetrate the skin barrier. This will refresh your pores and leave you with a soothing and tingly sensation.

However, you should avoid exfoliating in the shower, especially if you use hot water. In fact, it’s best to skip out on hot water altogether! Due to the hot weather, your pores are already open, so there’s no need to use steam to open them further. Also, since your skin barrier will be quite sensitive after exfoliation, try to avoid sun exposure as much as possible. If you do need to go out, reapplying sunscreen regularly is a must.

  • Water-based Cleanser

Cleansers are another summer skincare essential, but you should ensure they are water-based. As you know, too much heat and humidity create oil in your skin, and if you use an oil-based cleanser, you’re not removing impurities. Instead, you’re just trapping them further in.

So, how do you know whether the cleanser you’re using is appropriate for the summer? See how your face reacts to it when you step out! In other words, if it leaves your skin tight and dry after you’ve used it, it’s time to store it for a different season. And if that’s the case, we’ve got your next favorite summer skincare products!

Our all-natural rhubarb and blueberry gentle cleanser feels incredibly soft on the skin and it’s filled with antioxidants that will do wonders for your skin. Not only will it provide the necessary hydration, but it will also take care of any visible blemishes and other impurities. The cleanser is also excellent for removing makeup, meaning you can use it both in your day and night routine. We especially recommend it to people who have dry skin and have problems with breakouts during the summer.

  • Face Masks

When there’s nothing to do because of the extremely hot weather, why not stay in and create your own spa day? Grab your latest summer read, binge on that Netflix show everyone can’t stop talking about, or simply hang around your home and do whatever you like - the choices are endless. Before you do all that, however, you should give your face some love and apply a mask!

Face masks are the key to skin hydration, no matter the season! Clay masks are the go-to choice for people who have oily skin, whereas people with regular, combination, and dry skin can use any type they want. In any case, it’s best to go with a completely natural alternative, such as our rhubarb and blueberry glycolic face mask. Sharing the same attributes as the cleanser, this mask will amp up the hydration in your face and protect it from premature aging. It also has exfoliating properties, so you can use it as an alternative if regular exfoliants are too harsh on your face. 

  • Face Mist

If you live in a particularly hot place, spending one minute outside will leave you sweaty like never before. You can already imagine how dehydrated your body might get if this gets extended, which further emphasizes the importance of drinking water. However, all your other organs require water; once you consume it, not enough is left for the skin. Luckily, there’s a more centralized approach you can use.

In addition to your water bottles, it’s wise to keep a face mist handy. They will provide the ultimate refreshment on your face and you can use it as much as you like. Most, if not all, don’t contain any chemicals in them, meaning they’re perfectly safe for all skin types. Some beauty lines like to include certain extracts in them like aloe vera and seaweed to further elevate skin hydration, so be on the lookout for those ingredients.

  • Moisturize!

Finally, the most important part of summer skincare is to moisturize regularly and properly. Skipping out on SPF-rich sunscreen is out of the question even if there’s not much sun outside, but the moisturization doesn’t stop there. Namely, the sum is so powerful that it can even combat your sunscreen, causing redness and early aging signs like fine lines and wrinkles. Knowing this, you need to be especially careful when choosing your nighttime moisturizer.

Chemicals are not our best friends during the summer or any other season for that matter, so you should skip out on them. Instead, look for natural and lightweight alternatives, such as our blueberry and rhubarb anti-wrinkle cream. To put it simply, it will leave your skin radiant, fresh, and glowing.

Don’t forget about the rest of your body as well! As the biggest organ, the skin is most prone to losing water, so hydrating all parts of it is more than essential. So, take a look through our incredible deep moisture balms, promoting softness like never before!

With this, we conclude our summer skincare tips! Remember - it’s all about staying hydrated, both on the inside and out. So, take a good look through our products, stock up on your favorites, and create a foolproof summer skincare routine. 

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