Summer Skin: Keeping Your Skin in Good Shape

It’s not just your body that needs to work out, your skin does too! If you think we mean that your cheeks need to do the deadlift or your forehand needs to do the plank, that’d be quite something, right? What MD really mean is that there are measures you can take to keep your skin in good shape. What are they and what does Models Direct suggest? Let’s take a look right here!

Taking care of your amazing skin

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body covering an area of two square metres? There are lots of fascinating skin facts like how your eyelids have the thinnest skin whilst your feet have the thickest and that your skin amasses 15% of your body weight. Amazing! It’s also working hard to perform these six primary functions: protection against harmful UV radiation, heat regulation so that our body stays at a balanced 37 degrees, absorption of the sun’s healthy vitamin D and oily substances (such as creams), excretion of sebum (an oily substance), secretion for flushing out waste substances via sweat glands, and sensation of touch and pain. So, it makes sense to take care of it because it’s so precious. Keep reading to learn how.

Protect your skin from the sun

The glorious sun helps the planet and all within it to thrive, but too much exposure can cause skin problems such as premature ageing, age spots, irregular pigmentation and more severe problems such as skin cancer. UVA and UVB are two types of ultraviolet rays to watch out for particularly as they both can cause cancer. Each carries its own issue: UVA is behind skin ageing whilst UVB kicks off sunburns. Wear a water-resistant broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher as recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation to protect your delicate skin from both rays. It probably sounds as though you can’t enjoy the sun but on the contrary. When the sun is at its peak seek shelter, grab your sun hat, sunglasses and SPF and if you’re out at a beach catching waves, wear UVB protective swimwear to prevent skin burns. As a rule of thumb, apply SPF every two hours.

Drink water and plenty of it

Quench your skin’s thirst by ensuring you’re drinking enough water, even more in the summer. Your skin can be a tell-tale sign that you’re dehydrated if it’s showing signs of dryness and lacklustre. More severe skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis should always be consulted by a general practitioner but one thing that can make a difference, even if it is slight, is to drink water. Models benefit from this since they’re on the go and need a bottle handy when travelling, on set, and when it’s hot!

Gently cleanse and exfoliate your skin

You should avoid scrubbing your skin too hard at all costs. It needs plenty of TLC so pulling, squeezing, pressing, and rubbing can cause redness and irritation. If you need to clean it, be gentle and use a mild cleanser that avoids harsh ingredients not only for your skin but for the environment. When it comes to exfoliating, be extra delicate, avoid using abrasive ingredients and only do it a couple of times a week. Apply light, bright make up to complete your look if you’ve been booked for an assignment.

Delightful dreamer

Getting rest in the summer can be uncomfortable. The hot summer nights can make you sweat, feel itchy and irritated. Keep your room ventilated during the day, sleep downstairs (as hot air rises), and have a power shower before you hit the sack. Oh yes, wear cotton nightwear, keep bedding minimal and all in cotton too! Sleep will help your skin repair, restore and renew itself perfect for modelling photoshoots and filming.

We hope these tips help you get healthy summer skin!