Foolproof Summer Skin Care Tips To Keep You Feeling Safe and Looking Healthy
To prepare for swimsuit season, we all like to take extra measures to look our best. We focus on spending less time in the kitchen, and more in the gym. However, the summer months also signal that it’s time to step up our skin care regimen in order to avoid sun damage. It is important to be cognizant of various measures that will keep the skin looking and feeling healthy and vibrant. Here are the top summer skin care tips to adhere to during this sunny season:
First and foremost, do not skimp on the sunscreen. If it sounds like a no-brainer, think again. You should be wearing at least SPF 25 on your face every day, in addition to your normal moisturizer even if it already contains SPF. If you have trouble with breakouts, look for sunscreen that is oil-free. By wearing sunscreen every day, you will build up your “Stratum Corneum” that will lower your burn potential over time. If you do burn, address redness and swelling right away by taking ibuprofen and applying cool washcloths to the area. Avoid skin products like “cooling gels,” the alcohol in the product can dry out your skin making a burn even more painful. To learn more, watch this segment from The Doctors on the importance of sun protection.
Periodic glycolic or acid peels are great for summer and help keep your skin even and clear, get rid of old dead skin cells and promote the growth of new cells to keep your complexion looking fresh all summer long. Contact us for a consultation to determine a peel that is effective, but gentle.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Sun exposure zaps your skin’s moisture balance. Find skincare products that are right for your skin during the summer time, since the condition of your skin is different in summer than it is the rest of the year.
Less is more. Pare down your routine as much as you can to avoid breakouts. It is just too hot in Arizona to wear pore-clogging foundation plus powder, blush, bronzer and more. Go oil free and alcohol free on as many products are you can, including makeup. Oil clogs your pores causing breakouts and alcohol strips your skin of its essential oils causing excess dryness and sensitivity. This summer make-up article from Good Housekeeping offers great advice on mastering the perfect light, natural look.
Hats, sunglasses and sleeves are not just beach essentials. Get a cute hat and sunglasses you love and wear them often. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your neck and chest area.
Wear a tee shirt when you can – neck and chest skin is thin and just as sensitive as your face skin, if not more so as you age.
Your summer should be one spent relaxing, not worrying about your skin-simply follow these tips to ensure that you are being safe while making the most of this fun time of year.