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As the mercury rises and the sun shines brightly, many people tend to change up their skincare routines, often making the error of skipping moisturiser during the summer months. “It’s a common misconception that moisturisers are only necessary in the colder, drier seasons. However, moisturising remains a vital step in your skin care regimen, even when the temperatures are soaring,” explains brand manager for Clere skincare, Su-Marie Annandale.
Below, she sheds light on why you shouldn’t skimp on moisturiser just because it’s hot outside and the key benefits it brings to your skin.
Hydration matters year-round – Your skin requires hydration throughout the year, irrespective of the weather. Hot weather, while it can make you feel sweaty, can also lead to dehydration. When your skin is dehydrated, it might overcompensate by producing excess oil, potentially leading to breakouts. Using a lightweight moisturising lotion can help maintain the skin’s moisture balance, keeping it hydrated without feeling heavy or greasy.
Soothing and cooling effects – Hot weather can often leave your skin feeling irritated and flushed. A hydrating moisturiser can have a soothing and cooling effect on your skin, providing relief from the discomfort caused by excessive heat and sun exposure.
Maintaining skin barrier function – Your skin has a natural barrier that helps retain moisture and protect it from external aggressors like pollution and bacteria. Harsh weather conditions, including heat, can compromise this barrier, making your skin more vulnerable to various skin issues. Regular moisturising helps strengthen and repair this barrier, keeping your skin healthy and resilient.
Preventing premature ageing – Dehydrated skin can lead to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. By keeping your skin adequately moisturised, you can prevent premature ageing. Moisturisers, especially those containing antioxidants like Vitamin E, can help maintain youthful, radiant skin.
Suitable moisturisers for hot weather – When choosing a moisturiser for hot weather, opt for a lightweight lotion. These are less likely to clog pores and make your skin feel heavy. Clere’s range of REPAIRING body lotions for radiant, glowing skin combines key ingredients Tissue Oil, Glycerine and Vitamins E & A, and helps reduce the appearance of stretchmarks *. Plus, it provides 48 hours of moisture.
*8 out of 10 women saw an improvement in their stretchmarks and it helped even their skin tone after 12 weeks of continued use