SUMMER! There is nothing like the warmth of the sun and fresh air to help you relax and clear your mind. Getting outdoors…whether to bask in the sun, picnic at the beach, check out the sights in a new city or exercise…is what I love about the summer months. If you are like me, here are some summer skin care tips to help you put your best skin forward over the coming months.
Summer Skin Care Tips
However, being rather pale, the sun and I don’t always have the best relationship! I burn easily, I get heat rash (yeah!!) and I overheat easily. Summer skin care is super important for us pale girls. These tips will help you to beautify your skin from the inside and out.
Don’t Overdo It!
While spending 8 solid hours at the beach sounds heavenly, it is best to ease your way into the sun. A few hours, especially early in the season may be all you can handle. Don’t overdo it in the sun.
There are a lot of adorable floppy summer hats out there to choose from. There is no excuse for not having one. A large brimmed hat will keep your head cool, protect your face, shoulders and eyes and keep the top of your head from burning. I also always wear a cap when running or hiking in the summer months.
This is a great habit to have year round, but it is even more important in the summer. Staying hydrated is just so important. Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go and keep sipping throughout the day. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. I find that by adding a few slices of lemon or lime to my water I drink a lot more. If you are tired of water, try unsweetened lemon green ice tea.
Use Sunscreen (ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS)!
The most critical aspect of summer skin care is to wear sunscreen. Whether you plan to be in the sun for 15 minutes or 5 hours, it is so important to use sunscreen to protect your skin. Skin cancer is no joke!
I am loving the New Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen Pump. It is so lightweight that you can barely feel it on. It doesn’t leave that greasy feel on you either. Also, it totally smells like summer!
Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation to protect against the sun’s harmful rays, Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration Weightless Sunscreen provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and it is available in SPF 30 (which is what I use).
Cover it Up!
Don’t head to the beach without a cover up. Limiting your direct exposure to the sun is helpful in preventing burns. Personally, I find that a cover up also helps to cool me down. Make sure your cover up actually covers you! Don’t pick one with spaghetti straps because you need to cover your shoulders and chest.
Your summer skin care routine should include eating right. There are so many abundant fruits and vegetables in the summer months. Eating right will help to give your skin a healthy glow. You will be amazed to see how closely healthy skin and healthy eating are linked.
- Applying a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
- Re-applying your sunscreen every two hours and more often if you have been sweating.
- Keep sunscreen in your purse, at work and in your car. You never know when you will need it.
For your face try Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration Face Lotion. It moisturizes with a lightweight feel. Also try some after-sun products to soothe and moisturize skin that has been exposed to the sun.
Scrub it Off!
Exfoliating your skin helps to give you a healthy glow. This homemade pineapple sugar scrub smells amazing, leaves your skin so incredibly soft and gently exfoliates without irritating. The best part is that it is so easy to make and it lasts for a few weeks.
I found my Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration Weightless Sunscreen and some other beach essentials at my local Target store. Look for it in the cosmetics section.