Summertime is an amazing time of year with so much fun in the sun. Many, however, can do without the premature skin damage of solar exposure.
As owner and operator of a skin research center and skin care line business, educating clients on skin safety is extremely important. Solar protection wards off premature skin aging such as wrinkles, loss in collagen, sun spots and more. Additionally, a broad spectrum sunscreen can help reduce the risk of skin cancer. Having been in the skin care industry for nearly 15 years, I’ve researched an array of sunscreens and found other ways to keep skin healthy during the summer months.
Here are some tips to help keep skin healthy and glowing even during the warmest days.
Keeping skin safe when the sun is out is the most important thing to prevent premature skin aging such as wrinkles and sun spots. It also helps ward off skin cancer.
While at the pool or beach, reapplying a broad spectrum sunscreen frequently is necessary to avoid sunburns.
Sunscreens are not heavy and goopy like they used to be. They are ultralight, and many, are great for under makeup and even come in tinted hues.
Sunscreen has come a long way.
While a solar defense is a must, knowing how to apply sunscreen is just as important, if not more.
First off, the sun is most powerful between noon and 3:00 pm.
The best rule of thumb is to lather up with a broad spectrum sunscreen about 30 minutes before heading outside. Be sure to apply sunscreen on forgotten areas such as:
- · Ears
- · Back of Legs
- · Receding hairline areas
- · Tops of hands and feet
Reapply sunscreen after a swim or heavy perspiring.
While outdoors on those incredibly warm summer days, don’t forget the wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Especially at the beach, the reflection from the sand is so powerful these accessories are needed.
And instead of reaching for lip gloss, grab a SPF lip balm to protect those sensitive lips and reapply often. Regular application will keep lips hydrated and chap-free.
It’s easy to wilt in the summer if bodies are not properly hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water to replenish and renew the body. It will help keep skin soft.
And don’t drink sodas with sugar – that’s not good for the skin. If a twist of taste is what’s needed, add sliced cucumber or pineapple in there.
Also, not enough water during the summer months can trigger headaches so keep a bottle of water on hand.
Body Lotion and Butters
After a day in the sun, following a shower or bath, apply that body lotion or body butter when skin is partially dry. Summer skin needs an extra boost of nourishing hydration. Also look for anti-aging lotions, too.
Toners and Moisturizers
Don’t skip out on the toner. It helps balance out the skin’s pH balance, soothe skin and close pores. It feels great and does wonders for warm summer days.
As for facial moisturizers, reach for the oil-free brands with anti-aging properties and antioxidants. Remember, a moisturizer should do more than just hydrate, it should nourish with vitamins and extracts, too.
Cleanse and Exfoliate:
Warmer days may bring perspiration and possible acne breakouts. Facial cleansing twice a day is the general protocol, but if sweating happens be sure to add in an extra wash.
To buff away those dead summer skin cells, gently exfoliate skin every week.
If uneven tan lines are present while wearing a favorite summer fashion, rely on tinted lotions to help camouflage those areas. Rub the lotion into the paler skin area and extend towards the tanned area for a more even blend.
Last but not least, get plenty of rest, eat well, and exercise. A morning stroll is good enough.
Here’s to a great summer.