Summer is the perfect time of year to show off your gorgeous, healthy skin! Be sure to keep your skin looking and feeling it’s best by taking care of it properly during the hot, summer months. Here are some of our top tips for caring for your skin during the summer.
Protect Your Skin from the Sun
It is a well-known fact that being out in the sun can cause premature aging, sunspots, and even cancer. It’s recommended to make applying sunscreen a daily habit. Use sunscreen that offers an SPF of 30 or more, broad spectrum protection, and apply it generously everywhere you are exposed to the sun. Reapply every two hours. Don’t forget the tops of your ears, the part in your hair, or your lips! You can also try lip balm that offers a high SPF rating for added protection. Other protective measures that can help is wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection, SPF clothing, and finding a shady spot to hang out.
Summer is the time to lighten up! Ditch the heavy foundation, lipsticks and liners and go for a sheer CC cream or tinted moisturizer, lip balm, and some waterproof mascara for a more relaxed, natural look. Also, swap out your thick winter moisturizer for a lighter lotion or gel-based version.
Use Products that do Double Duty
You probably don’t love the idea of slathering sunscreen on your face and then putting makeup on top of it. Fortunately, there are lots of primers, tinted moisturizers, CC creams, and other products that include SPF 30+. You can also find tinted sunscreens that can act as a light, natural-looking base, while still protecting your skin from the sun.
Exfoliate & Moisturize
Sunscreen, sweat, bug spray, and oils can all wreak havoc with your skin, blocking pores and causing blemishes. Gently exfoliate your skin once or twice a week for a clean feeling and to keep you looking radiant. Also remember that salt, heat, chlorine, and sunburn can dry out your skin, so be sure to continue to moisturize over the summer.
Don’t Over Wash
Finally, it can be tempting to shower multiple times a day when it’s hot and sticky out and you are sweaty and coated with sunscreen. Try to limit showers to once a day, 15 minutes or less, and keep the water lukewarm or cool to prevent drying out your skin.