Here in Los Angeles it’s been heating up big time, but it’s summertime all over the country—and that means lots of dry skin as those UVA and UVB rays sink into our skin. This can mean itching, flaking, rashes, breakouts, and overall dullness. While these rays are never good for us, during the summer we’re particularly vulnerable because of those long beach and park days. So what’s the best method for summer skin care?
Focusing on protection from the heat and sun is extremely important, along with following the tips that pull from time-earned wisdom, as well as newer strategies that are catching on after proving to work well.
Embrace Wide-Brimmed Hats
Shade your face right. A smaller hat brim, such as a baseball cap or a fisherman’s hat, don’t cover much ground. Channel your inner Brigitte Bardot and grab a wide-brimmed summer hat to protect your delicate facial skin from those harsh UVA and UVB rays.
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Cool Down Your Showers
When you take a hot shower after a day in the sun, you’re drying your skin out even more. So instead of a hot shower, cool it down a bit. We’re not talking freezing—just a refreshing coolness. This will help prevent breakouts. It’s also smart to keep your showers short, as “overwatering” yourself will also make your skin dryer.
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Scrub Before The Shower
On the subject of showers, it’s also a great idea to use a scrub on dry skin before stepping into one. An expert summertime exfoliating tip is to scrub, shower, and finish with a rich body cream or oil within three minutes of patting your wet skin dry.
Amp Up Your Antioxidants
Antioxidants are very important summer skin care element during the summertime. Try topical antioxidants such as green tea oil, sea kelp extract, grape seed oil, ferulic acid, carrot seed oil, green tea extract, or vitamin C along with sunscreen in order to keep your skin protected and radiant. Layer a few drops on your skin between cleansing and moisturizing.
Remember Your Lips
Did you know that your lips can get dried out and burned, too? The best way to keep them comfortable and looking their best is to use a great lip balm with SPF 15 or higher, and remember to re-apply as needed. Whoever you’re kissing will thank you!
Use Mist Spray
One of the truly unsung heroes of summer skin care is a good spray mist. Keep a bottle handy in your bag, and take it everywhere you go during those summer days. A quick mist spritz on your body and face will do wonders. Not only is it refreshing, it cuts down on sweat too, which prevents breakouts. Try to find a mist that has antioxidants and nutrients. This will soothe and hydrate your skin as well as keeping you cool.
We all know this, but drinking water during the summer is incredibly important. It cleanses you from the inside out and will help prevent all kinds of skin problems, as well as keeping you from dizziness and headaches. Eight 8-ounce glasses of plain, filtered water every day will help you maintain critical moisture balance and will also help with detoxification.
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Try A Dual-Purpose Moisturizer
A great summer skin care tip is to try a combination moisturizer and sunscreen. A a lightweight moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher should be just about right. And it’s also wise to stay away from thick moisturizers, as they can actually lead to clogged pores and acne—especially if you already have oily skin that is prone to breakouts.
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Don’t Get Clogged
It’s especially important during the summer to wear makeup that’s not going to clog up your skin. How do you know what makeup will do this? Anything labeled “non-comedogenic” means that product was made without pore-clogging ingredients. So check your beauty products and try to use the non-comedogenic items during the hot summer months.
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Sunscreen Is King
The most classic and important summer skin care tip comes last: wear sunscreen. You need to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher on all exposed skin. This includes hands, feet, ears, and lips. Re-apply every couple of hours (we recommend setting a phone alarm to help you remember), and be sure to pack enough sunscreen wherever you go.
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We hope that these summer skin care tips will help keep your skin healthy during the summer. Too often, instead of tanned, smooth, glowing summer skin, we get dryness, sunburn, and flaking—but that can be fixed! Follow the summer skin care tips above, and you should be on your way to great summer skin.