2020. The year we spent indoors. Now, summer is here, and with restrictions having eased somewhat we’re finding ourselves more inclined to spend time outdoors in the sunshine.
“While it’s important to remember that COVID-19 is by no means behind us, and all safety precautions such as mask-wearing, sanitising and social distancing should be adhered to when out and about, bidding farewell to this year while enjoying the great outdoors our country has to offer is something to celebrate,” acknowledges Themba Ndlovu, Clere For Men and Clere For Men Active brand manager.
He adds that when spending time outside it’s important to take your skin into account. “Summer can be harsh on your skin if you don’t prep it or look after it properly. The heat, air pollution, perspiration and excess oil build up are the not so nice side effects of the season. This is where skincare comes in. It’s important to switch up your skincare routine as and when your skin requirements change.”
Ndlovu advises on what you should focus on when it comes to your skin this summer:
Eat healthy: You must have heard that you are what you eat. This may sound clichéd but it’s true your skin is directly impacted by your diet and the lifestyle choices you make. Avoid oily, fried food. Get your glow with proteins, Vitamins A and C. A yoghurt smoothie with fruits such as strawberries and apple is a great way to start your day.
Wash your face: Maintaining a clean face is key year-round, but because the heat makes you sweat more, keeping pores unclogged is more challenging during summer. A deep-cleaning face wash formulated for daily use will help free your skin of dirt build up without drying it out. Once daily is enough but add a second wash on extra active afternoons.
Moisturise: Although our skin tends to become oiler in summer and perspiration increases this doesn’t mean you should skimp on moisturiser. In fact, the drier you leave your skin, the more oil it will generate naturally to compensate. The speediest route to summer skin? Internal hydration by drinking water and external by applying moisturiser. Apply a moisturiser daily, preferably one that offer long-lasting moisturisation. Both Clere For Men and Clere For Men Active lotions and crèmes will help moisturise your skin for up to 48 hours keeping your skin healthy and looking its best.