As we move towards summer, drastic changes in temperature, humidity and sun exposure can take a toll on your skin.
Enjoy you fun in the sun and keep your skin beautiful with our five easy summer skincare tips!
Safeguard Your Skin From Harmful UV Rays
Over time, the sun's ultraviolet rays can cause wrinkles and reduced elasticity. You should always wear sunscreen when you’re outside, but especially in the spring and summer when the sun's rays are the strongest.
If you're planning on being out in the sun for longer than 15 minutes, use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15. Apply a generous amount 20-30 minutes before you head outside.
Try NuGlow’s Daytime Therapy with SPF 15 to save a step by moisturizing and protecting your skin at the same time!
Sunscreen does wear off, so make sure you reapply it about every two hours. Also make sure you reapply after swimming or any activity that makes you sweat.
Protect & Hydrate Your Skin from Within
Our skin loses a lot of moisture on hot summer days, so it needs to constantly be replenished. Without water, your skin could become dry and flaky, eventually leading to wrinkles.
Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water. Experts recommend you drink at least a half ounce of water for every pound you weigh. In simpler terms, take your weight and divide it by two. That’s how much water (in ounces) you need to drink to stay hydrated.
Don’t like plain water? Try infusing your water with citrus or other fruit to make it taste better!
You also should steer clear of foods or beverages that tend to dehydrate you. Avoid drinking alcohol, and eating salty foods when you’re out having fun in the sun.
Instead, choose foods that have a high-water content and contain lycopene, a bright red pigment that helps prevent UV damage in the skin. Lycopene is absorbed better in cooked tomatoes, especially tomato paste, but you can also find it in watermelon and grapefruit.
Moisturize Your Skin
Even though it's summer your skin can still become dry, dull and sensitive, especially when you’re exposed to environmental factors like air conditioning. Drastic climate changes rob your skin of the moisture it needs to stay healthy and vibrant. It can also make your wrinkles and fine lines more pronounced. So, it’s important to keep skin properly hydrated with a summer- appropriate moisturizer.
Ditch the heavy, body butter variations that you were using this winter. Instead, let your skin breath and use a lightweight, fast-absorbing lotion that seals in moisture.
Not sure which to apply first? Apply your chemical, broad spectrum sunscreen on clean skin. Then carefully layer all your other skin care products and makeup, allowing each to absorb fully before applying the next. However, if you’re using a physical block sunscreen, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, apply it last because physical block sunscreens sit on top of the skin and form a barrier that protects against UV rays.
Keep It Clean
In the summer months, you skin is exposed to harsh conditions, including sun, chlorine and salt water. Not to mention SPF, sweat, oil and dirt that can clog pores and lead to breakouts.
To keep skin clean and clear, shower as soon as you can after a day spent at the beach or partaking in your favorite summer activity. Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser and hydrate with a serum or moisturizer to keep skin healthy and fresh.
Take Advantage of Functional Fashion
Wear cotton or lighter fabrics that help tackle the head and avoid wearing tight clothing and fabrics that don’t breathe.
Tight clothes can cause irritation and prolonged exposure to wet swimsuits or clothing can lead to rashes and even infections. So, remove them as soon as possible and keep your skin dry.
You also may want to consider special clothing that protects the skin from the sun's UV rays.
In addition, keep sensitive features of your face out of direct sunlight by wearing a stylish tightly woven, wide-brimmed hat.
You also should accessorize with your favorite sunglasses to protect the delicate skin around your eyes.
Warmer weather can wreak havoc on your skin and sun damage is one of the biggest culprits in causing our skin to age prematurely. Stick to the basics by following these simple suggestions and you can put your best skin forward this summer without sacrificing your fun in the sun!