The aestival season is a period of great excitement. Activities and games are taken outdoors, windows remain constantly open and the entire wardrobe is changed, people everywhere greeting each other merrily! Fun fairs, memorable moments and .. mosquito bites? Skin rash? Sunburn?! Very often, these matters seem to happen, however this list seeks to aid those who are interested in the top ten essential methods of properly maintaining the skin during summer.

10 .  Prevent mosquito and bug bites

Often during long walks across a lakeshore or during a campfire, whilst evenly frying the marshmallow, you might find yourself subjected to the bites of mosquitoes and other pesky bugs. Remember to always carry a universal bug repellent (commonly found in pharmacies) or an insect spray which commonly contains lemongrass and peppermint oil, citronella, etc. During late evening, whilst around danger zones, try wearing a cardigan or simply covering your body with loose pieces of garments.

  1. DIY, homemade face masks

Due to the high amount of fruit available in the grocery stores or in the markets, summer is the perfect time to be nourishing and hydrating your face with homemade face masks (e.g papaya mask, cucumber mask, etc.)

  1. Allow your skin to breathe

Point number three will develop with the downside of tight fitted clothing. Summer clothing and adequate shoes should be worn during the aestival season so as to let the skin come in contact with the air and be uncompressed under layers and layers of clothing.

  1. Avoid excess tanning

Although it is widely embraced, tanning is a leading factor in premature skin ageing. Less exposure to sun halts the sun radiation from entering your body and “frying” your skin.

  1. Summer hats and head protection

They not only protect the hair, but also the forehead and eyes, which are both prone to form wrinkles.

  1. Less make-up

At the peak of summer temperatures, make-up tends to break down and appears cakey, due to excess sweating and air pressure applied to the face. Less make-up and waterproof make-up are a great alternative!

  1. Wear sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses is not only flattering, but it also protects the sensitive area around your eyes and the eye per se against harmful UV light. The surrounding eye area is prone to developing wrinkles, also known as crow’s feet.

  1. Avoid tight fitted clothing

No matter the case, the skin does sweat during high temperatures, significantly or not, but due to the fact that it does, tight fitted clothing should be avoided. The reason resides in the fact that bacteria can form on the surface of the skin, entering through the pores, aggravating acne or causing various rashes or infections of the pores, to the point of causing various skin imperfections (e.g pimples and blackheads).

2 . Stay hydrated!

Specialists in healthcare suggest drinking at least 8 glasses of water or half a gallon of water/day. Serving fruits is of utmost importance as well (e.g pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, apricots, cherries, etc.). This will prevent the body from being dehydrated and will keep your skin in top shape!

1 . SPF foundation and sunscreen

Key elements to attaining flawless skin during summer! Depending on your skin type, SPF and sunscreen protection range between 5, 10, 15, 20, …, all the way to 50! And of course, 100. (however, that is commonly used by mountain climbers). Frequent application of sunscreen is recommended throughout the day, with 20 minutes prior to exiting the house. Using sunscreen or SPF foundation will allow your skin to be protected against the damaging UV light of the sun and will keep it hydrated throughout the day.