Summer is here and with it skin baring fashions. Is your skin ready for the extra exposure or does the condition of your skin send you running for cover? If you are in need of a little summer skin TLC, here are some tips for getting your skin in tip top shape this summer.
Summer Skin Care: Cleanse Your Skin
It is important to cleanse your skin twice a day during the summer: once in the morning and again in the evening before going to bed.
Summer Skin Care: Moisturize Your Skin
Many people don’t realize that summer skin needs to be moisturized just as much, if not more than winter skin. Moisturize your summer skin every day. Always moisturize after you exfoliate your skin. There are hundreds of moisturizers on the market so do your homework and find one that best suits your skin type. Use a moisturizer that contains SPF or one that is tinted to get more bang for your buck and save time in your beauty routine. Don’t forget to hydrate your body too. Drink lots of water all summer long. Adequate water helps your skin to detoxify and glow.
Summer Skin Care: Exfoliate Your Skin
Why do you need to exfoliate? It is important to get rid of the old, dead skin cells that cause drying and flaking and expose newer healthy skin cells. Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis is the best way to accomplish this. Methods to exfoliate your skin are numerous: washcloth, loofah, buff puff, microdermabrasion creams, body scrubs, salt scrubs or other exfoliating cleansers. But be careful. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing when it comes to exfoliating your skin. Exfoliating too often or too harshly can cause damage to your skin. The recommendation is that you exfoliate once a day a few times a week, and never two consecutive days in a row. I like to exfoliate in the shower.
Summer Skin Care: Protect Your Skin
Sunscreen is a must for summer skin. It is vital that you protect your skin from the damaging UVA and UVB rays of the sun. I am notoriously bad at putting sunscreen on myself, though I slather it on my children every few hours. What works best for me is combining my sunscreen with another product I use such as my moisturizer. My all time favorite is Oil of Olay Facial Lotion Oil Free SPF 15. It doesn’t clog my pores and is not greasy. Since I have naturally oily skin, I shy away from most moisturizers because I don’t want my face to feel like an oil slick. Oil of Olay hydrates my skin without added oil. And don’t be afraid to go heavy on the sunscreen. Sunscreen is one of those things where you can never have too much. So don’t be shy, slather it on. Sunscreen takes 15-20 minutes to activate so plan accordingly when going out in the sun. Sunscreen’s SPF protection only lasts two hours so make sure to reapply. Don’t forget your lips need protection too. Use a lip balm with SPF to keep your lips looking good all summer long.
Summer Skin Care: Shield Your Skin
This is my favorite way to prepare your skin for summer. It is also one of the easiest things to do for your skin. Use hats, t-shirts, UV clothing, umbrellas and shelter to shield your skin from the sun. Everyone should wear a hat in the sun, the bigger the better. I wear a big floppy straw hat that my toddlers think is just hilarious. While I may not be fashionable, I am protected from the sun. However, there are many fashionable choices where summer hats are concerned so find one that suits you, but find one. Avoid being out in direct sunlight between 11a.m. and 2 p. m. when the sun’s rays are at their most damaging. Remember, summer skin does not have to be tanned to be beautiful.