As the blazing summer season sets in, several lifestyle changes take place around us. We put away our sweaters and make space for more airy shirts and dresses in our wardrobes, stock refrigerators with cold water, and blast the AC all day long. However, the one thing that should remain a consistent part of our routine despite the changing weather is using an appropriate moisturizer.
With the sun’s UV rays beaming brightly as ever and humidity at an all-time high, summers can be particularly harsh on the skin. The weather brings forth numerous skin problems such as dryness, tanning, excess sebum production, dullness, and dehydration. These issues can be further exacerbated without the use of a good moisturizer. Many tend to believe that as the summer heat already causes our skin to produce oil and moisture, the added layer of a moisturiser can make the skin greasy and oily. On the contrary, a moisturizer helps hydrate and nourish the skin, providing a protective barrier against harsh summer elements.
In this article, let’s discuss how the torrid heat can impact the skin and why face moisturisers are important in the summer months to keep your skin fresh, glowing, and radiant – like the sun!
From hydration to sun protection, read ahead to find out why you need to apply a moisturiser on your face immediately and how QNET’s Physio Radiance Moisturisers are the key to healthy summer skin!
How Does Summer Heat Impact the Skin?
As the temperature soars higher every day, the heat can significantly impact your skin, resulting in various issues. The hot climate and excessive sweating can increase water loss from the body, leading to dehydration. It can also dry and dull the skin, worsening conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Long exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can cause nasty sunburns, damaging the skin and increasing the risk of skin cancer.
Excessive sweating can also lead to clogged pores which can often result in bacterial infections, breakouts, rashes, and hyperpigmentation. To protect your skin during the summer months, it is essential to wear protective clothing, apply sunscreen, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun during peak hours, and, most of all, keep your skin and body hydrated.
5 Reasons Why Moisturisers Are Essential in the Summer: How to Keep Your Skin Hydrated and Protected with Physio Radiance
Reduces Oil Production
During summers, as the heat brings in greater humidity, the skin increases oil production from the sebaceous glands. Although sebum can safeguard the skin from drying environmental stressors, excess sebum can make skin extra oily. This can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
Paradoxically, when skin is dehydrated, it can produce more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture, making it oilier. To combat this, moisturisers with lightweight, non-greasy formulas can help prevent the overproduction of sebum and hydrate the skin, keeping it looking fresh and healthy.
Lightweight moisturisers such as the Physio Radiance Restoring Day Cream contain ingredients that help control oil production, such as Niacinamide (Vitamin PP). This can help unclog pores, regulate sebum production, and reduce inflammation, thereby maintaining a healthy balance within the skin.
Maintains Skin Barrier
For most of us, summer is associated with the beach, spending time outdoors, swimming, and sweating. Although these activities are the essence of the season of sunshine, environmental factors like heat, sun damage, and ocean and pool water can still compromise the skin’s natural barrier over time. The scorching heat can affect the skin’s barrier functions, resulting in a plethora of skin problems. Excessive sweating and dehydration can lead to dryness, flakiness, and itching.
Exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays, which are ubiquitous in summer, can cause our skin barrier to break down further, resulting in increased sensitivity, redness, and inflammation. In addition, inflammation caused by heat can make the skin more susceptible to environmental stressors such as pollution. Moisturisers are essential to protecting skin during summer. They add a layer of hydration to the skin, which helps prevent dehydration. Moisturisers also contain ingredients that help to repair and strengthen the skin barrier.
The Physio Radiance Restoring Day Cream contains Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide, which work to lock in moisture and prevent water loss. These ingredients make the skin barrier stronger and more resilient. With a proper moisturizer, the skin barrier can remain healthy and protected throughout the summer season.
After a long day under the sun, the scorching summer heat can often make the body feel drained and dehydrated, making us yearn for water to quench our thirst. Similarly, like the body, the skin too can become dehydrated when exposed to heat for a long period as it increases water loss in the body.
Sun exposure, hot weather, and even the overuse of air conditioning can produce dehydration in the skin. The dry, cooling air emitted from the air conditioner can result in a deficit of humidity in the surroundings causing the moisture to evaporate from the skin.
Dehydrated skin often manifests as dull, lacklustre, dry, and flaky skin with a loss of radiance and glow. It can also feel itchy and irritated, with a tendency towards redness and inflammation. Furthermore, the lack of hydration can cause the skin to lose elasticity and plumpness, leading to the appearance of premature ageing, fine lines, and wrinkles.
A good moisturiser is essential to hydrate and nourish the skin, keeping it soft, smooth, and healthy. The Physio Radiance Restoring Day Cream contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid, sweet almond oil, and sorbitol, known for their hydrating properties. These ingredients help hydrate the skin from within, keeping it plump, smooth, and radiant. In addition, its lightweight, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly into the skin, providing instant hydration without feeling heavy or sticky.
The sun is a great source of Vitamin D, which is essential for health. However, in other ways, the sun is also a fountainhead for harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays that can do irreparable damage to the human body. UV rays are a form of invisible radiation that is emitted from the sun, tanning beds, and sunlamps. Such ultraviolet rays are strongest during summer.
Prolonged exposure to UV rays without proper protection can result in several problems, ranging from sunburn, dark spots, and premature ageing to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Wearing a moisturiser with the added benefit of SPF (Sun Protection Factor) can help protect the skin from harmful UV rays. It is recommended to choose a moisturiser with an SPF of at least 30 and to reapply it every two hours or after activities to ensure maximum protection against UV reaction. Additionally, moisturisers that offer ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium oxide can provide a physical barrier between the sun and the skin, offering utmost sun protection.
Fight Premature Aging, Fine Lines, and Wrinkles
The sun’s harmful UV rays are the main contributors to premature skin ageing, leading to the development of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. The sun emits different types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, including UVA and UVB rays, which can penetrate the skin and cause damage at a cellular level. Over time, this damage can accumulate and accelerate the skin ageing process. They can also damage collagen and elastin fibres, causing mutations in the skin’s DNA, contributing to the development of age spots and uneven skin tone.
Moisturisers that contain anti-ageing ingredients can help combat these effects. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid can provide anti-ageing benefits by helping to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps to retain moisture in the skin. By adding extra moisture to the skin, hyaluronic acid can help to give it a more radiant appearance. Furthermore, retinol also helps to increase collagen production, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve overall skin texture, giving the skin a more youthful and radiant appearance.
The Physio Radiance Regenerative Night Cream is imbued with the powerful duo of hyaluronic acid and retinol that can effectively combat premature ageing and the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, and wrinkles produced from sun damage, and reveal a youthful glow overnight.
Moisturisers are not only limited to the dry winter months but are also paramount in the hot and humid summer. With its potent ingredients, the efficacious Physio Radiance Day and Night Cream can help you achieve a healthy and glowing complexion in the warmest months of the year by providing optimal hydration, anti-ageing benefits, and improving overall skin health. So, remember to slather on some moisturiser this summer and let your skin shine like the sun!