If you’re all ready to expose some skin this summer, you also have to be ready to give more effort in taking care of it. The lazy summer days don’t mean you have to be lazy in doing your everyday skin care regimen, as a matter of fact, it means that you have to be more attentive in doing it. It’s important to protect your skin at all costs, so here are some of the best skin care tips for you that will give you more confidence to show off that lovely skin and be worry-free to welcome those tan lines this scorching hot season.
Apply sunscreen religiously
It’s a surefire way of protecting your skin. Always apply sunscreen 20 minutes prior to allow time for the product to absorb into the skin; re-apply every few hours or as needed. Look for sunscreens that offer protection for both UVA and UVB rays – keep in mind that a high SPF number is no longer enough.
Moisturize with SPF
Applying moisturizer with SPF is essential regardless of the season. With the onset of warmer weather, however, consider switching your current moisturizer for another with higher SPF and lighter formulation to prevent sun spots, freckles, and early signs of aging.
Make friends with H20
Higher temperatures and more time outdoors leads to internal dehydration, which can result in headaches and dizzy spells! Eight 8-ounce glasses of plain, filtered water every day help maintain critical moisture balance of the body and skin, and assist in detoxification. Tip: If you drink caffeinated beverages, you must triple the amount of water you drink!
Start with a hat, because those harmful rays reach your scalp and your ears when you leave your noggin unprotected. And remember, baseball caps are not nearly as effective as hats with broad brims, because they leave your ears exposed.
At the same time, there’s no need to buy special products for sun protection. Try your closet. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, clothes with certain qualities can prevent harmful rays from reaching the skin. Garments made of unbleached cotton, high-luster polyesters, and thin, satiny silk can absorb or reflect UV radiation, preventing damaging rays from reaching the skin. Darker materials tend to absorb UV light, keeping it away from your body. Clothes with tight weaves or knits prevent penetration of harmful rays.
Though it is important to take care of your skin irrespective of weather, it is during summer that your skin needs a bit of extra care. The chances of getting dirt, oil and clog on face is very high on summer, the best way to deal with them is to use an effective toner which is capable of removing dirt and oil traces.
Avoid tanning beds
We now know that tanning beds are linked to cancer and are no safer than the actual sun, so think carefully about the risks you expose yourself to when you go to a tanning salon. If you really want some summer skin color, avoid tanning beds and choose a safer option, such as self-tanning towels and lotions. Be sure to check the ingredients label to ensure the base formulation is safe and non-toxic (avoid methylparaben and synthetic perfume).
Exfoliate at least once a week, ideally twice
Dead cells sit on the surface of your skin making it look dull, rough and dry. By exfoliating, you are removing these dead cells, allowing your more radiant, healthier summer skin to shine through. Exfoliating also allows skin cells to regenerate more quickly, which keeps aging at bay. Whenever possible, choose a gentle, more natural exfoliator. Some “fruit acid” exfoliators such as alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid (AHA and BHA) can actually be very harsh and cause significant irritation. Choose products with natural exfoliating grains instead.
Take a Cold Shower
Hot showers after sun exposure further dry skin-turn down the temperature and you’ll pick up a few added benefits. “A cool shower after excess sweating helps keep the skin unoccluded, decreasing acne breakouts,” Dr. Sadick says.
Sip some Red Wine
White wine is refreshing in the summer, but red wine is healing. Resveratol, a naturally occurring phenol found in the skin of red grapes can decrease redness from acute sunburns. It has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect. Cheers!