When it comes around to summer in Hong Kong, we all have mixed feelings for a number of things; on the one hand we can visit our great beaches and have killer staycations with breathtaking views, but on the other we also have humidity levels up to 98% and polluted muggy skies that can make us feel like we’re suffocating. Swings and roundabouts all in all, but that doesn’t mean we have to just “put up” with the weather and pollution just because we can’t change it. Maximising your skin and hair routines during these months can make a world of difference when it comes to your summer glow.
Remember to exfoliate
Pollution is a killer in Hong Kong and it wreaks havoc on our skin. Though not always visible, pollution sticks to our skin and makes it dull and dry. Exfoliating once a week removes all the dead skin cells on your face as well as any extra dirt that got caught in your pores.
SPF if your BFF
If in doubt, apply extra! The sun is incredibly powerful in Hong Kong and even on typhoon days or when it’s overcast the sun’s rays are still powering down. We should be applying sun cream every day of the year to protect our skin, but even more so in the hot summer months. Skin cancer is on the rise and it’s no joke. Apply apply apply.
Cut Out Makeup
Nothing is worse in summer than makeup laid on thick. It’s too hot to sweat off $400 foundation and it will leave you spotty and your pores clogged. Instead of foundation, use a tinted moisturiser (with SPF) and if you’re a die hard brows girl, why not try microblading to get those brows on fleek with zero effort in the morning.
We’re also a big fan of lash extentions in the summer, to give us long and voluminous lashes during the summer. With lash extensions it means you won’t get mascara spots on your eyelids after running after a bus in the heat, and no more panda eyes from jumping off the edge at a junk party. Just wakeup and you’re makeup ready!
Not to sound like your mum but…
DRINK MORE WATER. Hydration is key to healthy skin (and a healthy body in general). Summer is particularly brutal, especially if you’re drinking at a bbq, or at the beach, so you’re skin dries up faster than usual, and water is key to keeping your skin soft.
Don’t sweat it…
Sweating copious amounts is just another part of Hong Kong summers, and there’s no getting around it. Although we might not feel so sexy sweating, it actually does our body and skin a lot of good. Salt water is great for the skin because the minerals in the salt help open pores to remove toxins, as well as soothe itchiness and skin irritations. However, the downside is that if you’re sweating a lot throughout the day, especially if you’re exercising, it can cause your skin to dry. Make sure to re-apply moisturiser at least twice a day to stay fresh and your skin soft.
If you’re not much of a skin care routine expert…
…you can never go wrong with a facial! Even if you’re not a facial fanatic they’re fantastic especially as summer approaches. A professional facial completely cleanses and hydrates your skin; we recommended to be done at least once every 3 months minimum.
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Now you can use our summer skin tips and enjoy the Hong Kong summer without sweating about all your skincare worries and you can carry on being your fabulous self.
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