As I get older, it’s definitely not as easy to take care of my skin, especially during the summer time. With summer and the sun comes heat, humidity, too much sun, and too much time in the pool (all that chlorine!) With all of that comes shaving too often. Dry skin. Itchy skin. Irritated skin. Red skin…and none of that is any fun at all – not to mention it doesn’t look good either. If you’re like me, these beauty tips on how to keep your skin healthy during the summer are the only ones I have to offer. And when you know better you do better, right?
Beauty Tips On How To Keep Your Skin Healthy This Summer
These beauty tips will help you keep your skin in tip top shape (and glowing!) this summer season. These tips aren’t ones that you’ve never heard before but they are good reminders and every one of them is definitely worth following.
Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen
Yes, you’ve heard it a million times before…but that’s because it’s SO important! Choose a sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection (they block both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays) with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. That’s the bare minimum, people. Don’t skimp on the SPF! I love Philosophy’s BB Cream and use it every day during the summertime.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen liberally (at least a one-ounce shot-glass-size amount) before you go outside, and then reapply every two hours and always after swimming. Clouds don’t mean you don’t need protection — apply sunscreen every single day no matter what the weather! Trust me, I got burnt yesterday sitting by the pool when it was overcast because I was too lazy to put it on.
Did You Know…Lips can also get sunburned and are also susceptible to skin cancer. Wear a broad-spectrum sun-protective lip balm with an SPF of at least 15 to keep lips safe under those rays. My favorite is Hawaiian Tropic Lip Balm, which has an SPF of 45!
You’ll find more smart sunscreen tips for you and the kids here.
Exfoliating & Shaving
Sun, sand, sweat, and sunscreen increase the amount of dead skin cells on your face and body. That’s why your skin gets so dry and itchy. Get rid of the yucky skin with an exfoliating scrub or loofah a few times each week. And because you’re smart enough not to tan in the sun (we all self-tan now, right?), an added bonus of exfoliation is that your self-tanner will go on more evenly and prevent streaking.
Since you’re wearing short shorts and sundresses, you’ve got to shave more often, and shaving more often leads to irritated and/or dried out skin. Help deter this by replacing your razor often, and shave only after you’ve been in the shower for a few minutes (when your hairs will be softer). You should also use a moisturizing shaving cream or gel (I use really cheap conditioner which is cheaper than shaving cream.)
Don’t Skip Out On Moisturizer
Just because your skin might feel silky smooth from the extra exfoliating and shaving, don’t forget that moisturizer! Instead of ditching it all together, switch to a lighter, water-based formula (I love all of Bath & Body Works body lotions and scents) or use baby oil gel, and don’t forget to use eye cream!
I won’t even mentionhow important it is to keep your body hydrated, so drinking lots of water is very important. I’ve got lots of recipes that will wake up your boring water, so check ’em out.
What other beauty tips or suggestions do you have to keep your skin healthy while you play in the sun?