Call it scorching, hot and sizzling, love or hate summer all you want but, the fact is, we’ll all be living it for the next couple of weeks and there’s nothing that can stop the sweat and oil from grazing all over your skin. Fight the stickiness and the infections that can get in the way of clear, sensational skin by knowing how best to treat your skin in the hottest season of the year.
Treat your skin to the best care and there’s no reason why your skin shouldn’t be healthy and glowing. Follow these summer skin tips to get the best skin you’ve ever worn all season:
Protect your skin from getting burned.
Have a sun protection strategy in place and follow it closely for your own good. Your strategy must include sunscreen application with at least an SPF 30 for regular days, and up to SPF50+ for when you will be spending all day out in the sun. Always apply several minutes before heading outdoors and keep reapplying throughout the rest of the day. Set time to get out of the sun and, in general, stay in the shade on midday. Add antioxidants when you can for added protection.
Get more protection for skin around your eyes.
Delicate skin around your eyes need more protection. Your regular sunscreen usually isn’t not well-formulated to sufficiently protect skin around your eyes and is often too harsh on eye skin. Get an eye cream with an SPF 30 or more or, get a suitable sunscreen for your eyes.
To sufficiently protect your skin from the sun, wind and other environmental elements, sunscreen can help you get there but, it will never be enough. Dress up appropriately and cover as much skin as you possibly can while also considering the ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of your clothes. Throw in the sunglasses and put on a hat for added sun protection.
Freshen up with a cleanse and a mist.
Too many people will give you the wrong summer skin tips advice, including to keep cleansing throughout the day. Washing frequently in summer is a myth that you choose to follow only if your goal is to strip off your skin even of good oils that keep it from drying. Cleansing twice daily is key, and just one extra cleanse in the middle of the day should be fine but, only after sweating hard or, coming in out of the sandy sea.
Moisturize all you can.
Gwyneth Paltrow spilled her biggest beauty secret: “I use omega-3 oil. I love light oil on my skin. It's one of my favorite feelings in the world.” As for your moisturizers, keep these lightweight, sheer and oil-free. Don’t forget that skin around your eyes need specialized care most especially when you have mature, aging skin. Keep moisturizing throughout the day by keeping a spray on moisturizer and a spritz for when the surrounding air gets too dry and your skin loses too much moisture.
Keep your skin free from nasty build up and debris by regularly exfoliating. Getting cleansers and leave on essences which contain low concentrations of alpha hydroxy acids and washing your face with a soft washcloth or a dermal brush for a gentle scrub will be helpful. Periodically schedule a deeper, more intense professional exfoliation to force drastic skin turnovers every so often.
Eat right and exercise.
You can’t have good looking skin when you’re feeding your body nasty foods to eat. Get to know your local food and shopping at the local farmers’ market more often. Get more essential vitamins and minerals from fresh fruits and veggies, and raw salads are the most packed with nutrients.
Exercise improves your circulation and gives you that natural glow. Gym time is good but, staying physically active throughout the day is even better.
Cover, contour and blush.
As long as you can keep it light and less layered, you shouldn’t be afraid to use makeup even in summer. Doing just these three steps plus perhaps getting your eyebrows groomed should leave your skin radiant and gorgeous.
Make your health your Number 1 habit and your skin health should naturally follow suit. Don’t surrender your skin to the harsh summer conditions most especially now that you know how you can keep your skin wonderfully amazing even in the heat and thick of summer.