Summer Skin Care Secrets
Summer is a time for fun in the sun and enjoying warm temperatures outside! But summer activities such as exposure to excess sunlight and chemicals in pool water can damage your skin.
Below is a list of skincare secrets to help you keep beautiful-looking skin no matter what the season!
Be Smart with Sun Exposure-
We all love to soak up the sun, but excessive sun exposure raises the risk of melanoma, a type of skin cancer. It is important to apply sunscreen and utilize shading devices such as hats, sun-visors and umbrellas when you will be in direct sunlight for long periods of time. The sun’s rays are the hottest during midday, so you might consider planning your outdoor activities for the late afternoon or evening.
Wear Summer Appropriate Clothing-
Certain fabrics such as flannel and polyester are not heated friendly and should be avoided during the summertime. When your body becomes overheated, you sweat and these fabrics do not allow your skin to “breathe.” This can cause a build-up of bacteria on the skin and lead to breakouts. During summer, fabrics such as cotton should be worn. Cotton is a light, breathable fabric choice that will not harbor heat as polyester and flannel fabrics do.
Use Summer Specific Make-Up-
Certain cosmetic items do not withstand summer stressors and can end up making you look like a melted wax figure. It is important to choose makeup products that not only withstand things such as sweat and water exposure but also offer health benefits to your skin. There are many options such as natural mineral powders that will give you flawless coverage while also nurturing your skin. You can also wear a foundation that contains sunscreen for added protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Establish a Daily Purifying Routine
Sunscreen, makeup and sweat can build up in your skin’s pores and cause you to break out and look older. It is important to establish a daily routine to cleanse your skin. Products such as our natural, organic exfoliating scrubs and cleansing charcoal facial mask are premium options that will help you keep your skin fresh and clean. For optimal, clear skin, always wash your face before bed and never go to sleep without washing off makeup or sunscreen.
Your skin contains 64% water, so without proper hydration, it will not look its best. It is recommended that adults drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Drinking appropriate amounts of water while you enjoy the summer heat will not only make your skin look better, but will also prevent harmful things such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Take a thermos or bottle of water with you as you enjoy summer activities and remember to stay hydrated!
Pick the Right Sunscreen-
Choose a sunscreen product with an SPF of at least 15 or higher. It is also important to choose a sunscreen with as few chemicals in it as possible. There are options for making your own DIY, natural sunscreen as well. Remember to apply sunscreen thoroughly to all sun-exposed areas. Areas such as the ears, nose, face, arms, and back typically are the most exposed, so be sure you are covering these areas with appropriate amounts of sunscreen. Re-apply as needed after water exposure and sweating.