Summertime is the perfect time to relax, whether it be by the pool, at the beach, or in your backyard. The summer sun will be ready to leave you sun-kissed along with promoting Vitamin D production! With that in mind, it’s very important to care for your skin properly during the summer heat. Below are six ways to take care of your skin for anti-aging and prevention. Your skin will thank you later!
1. SUNSCREEN & HAT
When it comes to summer skin care essentials, sunscreen is a must. Sunscreens help prevent sunburn and decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun, when used with other sun protection measures like a hat. Broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA/UVB sun protection is ideal. It is simple to apply, and should be reapplied every few hours when directly in the sun. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 or higher if you’re spending more than a few hours outdoors.
There are two types of sunscreens: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens sit on top of the skin, whereas chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin. Physical sunscreens, such as those containing zinc oxide, are the best protection for your skin. Mineral based tinted sunscreens are phenomenal because they serve as a foundation and leave you with a flawless look!
Antioxidants help to protect the skin and reverse damage caused by the sun. Vitamin C and additional antioxidant ingredients are designed to provide a new level of comprehensive and dynamic defense against free radicals.
Antioxidant serums/lotions enhance vitality and improve skin tone and luminosity. Certain antioxidants help to reduce the appearance of skin redness, which can be caused by the sun.
3. MOISTURIZER WITH TINTED SPF
Applying a moisturizer with a mineral tinted SPF can be a great option! It can be difficult to wear both makeup and sunscreen together. If your skin feels dry then a moisturizing cream will hydrate your skin and make it very smooth, and boost collagen, all while adding an SPF and flawless “make-up look” for protection!
This way, you can lay out at the pool confidently, knowing you’re protected and looking awesome as well. Of course, it’s important to moisturize regularly, but especially when you’ve been hanging out in the sun all day.
Our bodies are 70% water and the skin is over 60% water. We need to keep hydrated to survive, and it only makes sense that our skin needs water too! So drink up to stay hydrated in the sun and heat. You’ll be amazed by the skin improvements good old H2O can provide.
Water slows the aging process, flushes out impurities and toxins, fights oil and acne, and plumps skin cells, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
5. VITAMINS & DIET
Taking your daily vitamins is extremely important for your skin’s health. While the summer sun will help promote Vitamin D production, a healthy diet will help promote naturally radiant skin. Incorporating healthy foods into your diet can help boost collagen, fight wrinkles, and give you a healthier glow.
6. EXFOLIATE YOUR FACE
It’s important to exfoliate routinely, but especially during the summertime to rid dead skin cells and dirt that may accumulate during a beach or pool day. Exfoliating cleans the pores and produces a healthy and fresh appearance.
Facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and exfoliating scrubs are fantastic! These treatments will leave you feeling fresh-faced after a fun filled day in the sun!
Corina, RN, CANS is Board Certified and trained in several types of cosmetic procedures. She is a true artist creating natural looking results!