Summer is one of the most awaited seasons. It brings warm weather, sunny days and more outdoor activity and therefore more environmental exposure. The following skin care tips will help you get ready for summer so that you look your best and take care of your skin at the same time.
Dry, dead skin cells can build up on your skin, making it look dull. Therefore, exfoliating your skin at least 2 times a week is a very important step when it comes to achieving smooth, healthy-looking skin. Not only will it give you a nice glow but also promotes healthy cell regeneration that makes your skin look more refreshed. As a bonus, products like moisturizers or other specialized treatments will go on more smoothly and be better able to penetrate your skin after exfoliation.
You should also exfoliate your hands, arms, feet and legs to get yourself ready for shorts, sandals, and short-sleeved tops. Don’t forget your lips! Exfoliate gently, then hydrate.
There are multiple methods for exfoliation, including sugar or salt scrubs, dry brushes, exfoliating gloves, or cleansers with exfoliating ingredients, such as Polish + Resurface Detox Exfoliant. Different skin types respond differently to the various exfoliation methods, so it’s important to figure out what works best for you and your skin. Whatever method you choose, be sure to hydrate and protect your newly exfoliated skin.
Higher temperatures and more time outdoors leads to internal dehydration therefore your next step in getting skin ready for summer is to adjust your hydration routine. Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your moisture levels up. Having an extra glass or two of water will help you stay hydrated and look flawless.
Summer sun can dry your skin, making it look dull and increasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Keep your skin smooth and moisturized with Nourish + Protect Antioxidant Moisturizer twice daily.
The summer elements can be particularly harsh on the fragile skin around your eyes. We suggest, Depuff + Illuminate Eye Firming Complex, to smooth, lift and hydrate as well as alleviate puffiness and under eye darkness for a smoother, brighter look.
Long, hot showers and baths tend to be drying. Instead, switch to lukewarm water. To leave your skin looking and feeling smooth, finish your bath or shower with a cool rinse. Try this same technique on your hair! You might also consider using a natural soap and /or shampoo enriched with natural oils such as avocado oil, olive oil or coconut oil.
Eating well is one of the ultimate forms of selfcare, so make sure to eat a plant-based diet of nutrient-dense foods that contain antioxidant compounds, which help reduce the damaging effects of sunshine. Stock your refrigerator with lots of fruits and vegetables to help hydrate your skin.
Keep your skin looking great with the antioxidants you feed your body! Increase your intake of dark, leafy greens, brightly colored vegetables and hydrating citrus fruits for a skin-nourishing boost of vitamins A, C, and E which act as antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. Other great high-antioxidant foods include green tea and dark chocolate!
Hats, sunglasses, UV protective clothing and shade are your best protection, but when these are not appropriate or available, choose a safe sunscreen and reapply regularly. Try your best to avoid direct sun exposure and keep in mind that your skin is prone to sun damage even when it isn’t being directly exposed to sunlight such as while driving or even on an overcast day, for example.
Though a little vitamin D can be good for your skin and even better for your mood, it’s important to limit your exposure to the sun because overexposure can bring out the worst in our skin. One of the best ways to prepare your skin for the sun is to engage in numerous short exposures with adequate sun protection, as mentioned above. Too much sun exposure increases your risk of sunburn, which could lead to skin cancer.
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