The summer months are finally here! All those vacations you’ve been waiting to take all year are just around the corner, and you’re likely going to be spending extra time out in the sun these days. It’s now more important than ever that you give your skin a little extra TLC and make sure you take steps each day to protect it! Here are some ways to give your skin some love and keep it glowing all throughout the summer months!
Pile on the sunscreen
With all the extra sun exposure comes freckles, tans, and sunburns, all of which are signs of sun damage. To keep yourself protected, be sure to put sunscreen all over your face and body first thing in the morning, and reapply every hour if you are going to be in the sun. We recommend using anything SPF 50 or higher.
Use a gel-based cleanser and moisturizer
In the summer months, people tend to sweat more often and produce more oil than normal. Switching to a gel-based cleanser will help clean your skin without stripping it too much. The gel-based moisturizer will ensure that your skin stays hydrated without clogging it up or weighing it down. We recommend the Neutrogena Hydro Boost line for both of these products.
Drink plenty of water
Being out in the heat more often can lead to dehydration, and that is a quick trip to dull skin. Make sure to drink 2-3 liters of water per day, and increase this to 3-4 liters if you are engaging in high-intensity exercise or are outside for long periods of time during the day. You will have more energy to get through all of your fun activities, and your skin will thank you!
Add extra fruits and veggies into your diet
Adding fruits and vegetables into your diet is another way to sneak in some extra water throughout the day, and it also helps increase the amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants going into your body. Ensuring that you are getting the right nutrients each day will help make you look more alive, give you more energy, lessen the appearance of dark circles (often caused by nutrient deficiencies, like an Iron deficiency), help clear your skin, and improve the elasticity of your skin. All of these things combined will have you feeling and looking your best!
No matter how much sunscreen you apply, you are still likely to suffer from at least a little bit of sun damage in the summer months. This sun damage can dry out skin, causing it to feel and appear flaky. To aid your skin’s healing process, add in some gentle exfoliation. Adding a gentle scrub will do the trick, or simply using a washcloth is fine as well. Anything to help slough off the dead skin cells that are sitting on the surface will help reveal the newer, softer skin below it. You can also add in a chemical exfoliant, like an AHA or BHA. We recommend the Tatcha Rice Polish, which is a gentle scrub, or The Ordinary 30% AHA + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, which is a chemical exfoliant. Be sure to only exfoliate 2-3 times per week so you do not overdo it, and always make sure you follow up with your moisturizer right after!
Add Vitamin C serum into your skincare routine
The summer months bring sunspots along with them. To help combat sunspots and lessen the darkening of freckles, we suggest adding a Vitamin C serum into your skincare routine. This will help keep your skin tone even and lighten any dark spots that may start to come in during the summer. We recommend the Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum.
Lay off the makeup
Your skin will go through a lot this summer. Between sunscreen, ocean water, chlorine, sand, and more, it will have to endure many stressors. Adding makeup into the mix is only going to make things worse. Let your skin breathe this summer, and watch as the sun works its magic! The combination of not wearing makeup and being in extra sunshine will help dry out acne more quickly and allow your skin to heal.
The summer is a busy time for everyone! You have pool parties, play dates, beach trips, hikes, etc., and you feel like you are constantly running around. Be sure to still take time for yourself and get plenty of sleep. Being sleep deprived is one of the easiest ways to ensure your skin looks dull. This means that getting plenty of sleep is one of the easiest ways to ensure your skin glows! Make sure to clock in your 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and wake up feeling and looking refreshed and ready to tackle another day of adventure and summer fun!