Summertime Skincare: Protecting Your Skin in Sunny Weather

Summertime Skincare: Protecting Your Skin in Sunny Weather

During the summer, our skin is at a greater risk for sunburn and skin damage. Learn how men can keep their skin looking healthy & clear all season long.


Summertime Skincare: Protecting Your Skin in Sunny Weather

Let’s just get this out of the way: You have to protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays year-round, no matter where you live.

But during the summer months, especially in sunnier and hotter environments, the risks for sunburn and skin damage are even greater.

In the summertime, the sun's rays are stronger, and people also tend to spend more time outdoors, increasing their exposure to harmful UV rays. It's essential to take extra precautions during the summer, such as wearing sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection, covering up with clothing and hats, and seeking shade during peak hours. Don't let the summer fun cause long-term damage to your skin; make sun protection a top priority.

Protect your skin with sunscreen

Sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. It helps prevent sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer. When looking for a sunscreen, make sure to choose one with broad-spectrum protection that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Lumin Skincare offers a Sun Defense Broad Spectrum Moisturizer SPF 30, which not only protects your skin from the sun but also provides additional moisture.

What are SPF ratings?

Confused by SPF ratings? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and it measures a sunscreen's ability to protect your skin from UVB rays, which are the rays that cause sunburn and contribute to skin cancer. A sunscreen's SPF indicates the amount of time you can spend in the sun without getting burned compared to the time you would burn without wearing sunscreen. For example, an SPF 30 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun 30 times longer than if you weren't wearing any sunscreen before burning.

When choosing a sunscreen, a general rule of thumb is to use one with an SPF of 30 or higher, as recommended by dermatologists. However, keep in mind that the higher the SPF, the smaller the increase in actual protection. No sunscreen can provide 100% protection, so it's essential to apply sunscreen generously and frequently, especially during prolonged sun exposure.

When applying sunscreen, make sure to apply it generously and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating as it can wear off. It's also essential to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas, including your face, ears, neck, and hands.

Moisturize your skin

Summer weather can also dry out your skin, making it crucial to moisturize regularly. When choosing a moisturizer, look for one that provides hydration and protection against environmental factors such as pollution and UV rays. Lumin Skincare offers several moisturizers suitable for different skin types.

For daily use, try the Daily Face Moisturizer, which provides all-day hydration and protection. If your skin is extra dry, consider using the Extra Strength Moisturizer, which contains a blend of natural oils and vitamins to deeply nourish and hydrate your skin. 

Treat sunburn immediately

Despite your best efforts, you may still end up with sunburn. If this happens, it's crucial to treat it immediately to prevent further damage to your skin. First, move out of the sun and cool down your skin with a cold compress or a cool bath. Apply aloe vera gel to the affected area to soothe and hydrate your skin.

It's essential to keep your skin hydrated and avoid further sun exposure while your skin heals. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and wear loose, breathable clothing to avoid further irritation to your skin.

Protecting your skin during the summer months is essential for maintaining healthy and youthful-looking skin. Remember to wear sunscreen, moisturize regularly, and treat sunburn immediately if it occurs. With Lumin Skincare's range of men’s skincare products, you can keep your skin protected and healthy all summer long.

Not all water is great for your skin

You’ll hear us beating the drum on the importance of proper hydration (for both the benefit of your skin and, you know, staying alive). Of course, summertime means water activities-–specifically pools and the ocean—so let’s make sure you’re doing your due diligence before donning your speedo. 

Unfortunately for your skin, swimming in a backyard pool or at the beach is one of the most quintessential summertime activities, as the water in these environments can have negative effects on your skin. Pool water typically contains chemicals like chlorine, which can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness, itchiness, and irritation. Chlorine can also cause a reaction with some people's skin, resulting in a rash or hives.

Ocean water, on the other hand, contains salt, which can also have a drying effect on the skin. Prolonged exposure to saltwater can cause skin to become dry, itchy, and irritated. Saltwater can also cause stinging or burning sensations in open cuts or wounds.

To minimize the negative effects of pool and ocean water on your skin, it's recommended to rinse off with fresh water after swimming to remove any residual chemicals or salt. We recommend keeping one of our moisturizers always on retainer to help replenish lost moisture and prevent additional dryness or irritation. Additionally, wearing protective clothing, such as rash guards or swim shirts, can help minimize exposure to pool and ocean water and reduce the negative effects on the skin.

Ward off summer breakouts

As the weather heats up during the summer months, it's common for men to experience an increase in sweat and oil production, leading to more breakouts and oily skin. The hot and humid conditions can cause our skin's pores to become clogged with sweat and excess oil, leading to the formation of blackheads, whiteheads, and acne.

To combat this issue, it is important to adopt a consistent skincare routine that includes products designed to control oil and prevent breakouts. Using our Charcoal Face Wash twice daily can help remove excess oil and sweat from the skin's surface, while one of our moisturizers can help keep the skin hydrated without adding excess oil.

Summer often means disruptions to your daily routine–no school, more vacations and more lazy days. While relaxation is important, don’t get lazy with your skincare routine. It’s critical to keep it up at all times in order to achieve and maintain results. 

In addition to a basic skincare routine, there are several other steps men can take to combat summer breakouts and oily skin. These include washing your face immediately after exercising or spending time outside, avoiding heavy or greasy foods that can increase oil production, and using sunscreen to protect the skin from harmful UV rays without clogging pores.

By adopting a consistent skincare routine and taking steps to minimize excess oil and sweat production during the summer months, men can keep their skin looking healthy and clear all season long.

Conclusion: Keep Up Your Routine, Just be Mindful

Keeping up with a skincare routine is critical to do year round, but the summer months pose additional challenges to your skin. In short: stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, shower regularly (especially after swimming) and be sure to use a daily facial wash and moisturizer. 

Clean Machine

There’s nothing like that ‘aaahh’ feeling when you’ve splashed cool water over a fresh, clean face. Our Charcoal Face Wash Daily Detox is made specifically for men’s skin, working to remove 
grime while keeping your skin’s pH balanced. Go ahead and say it, aaahhhh.