Sunshine and fresh air make us fall in love with summer every year. It’s a time to explore the outdoors and enjoy fashions like tank tops, flip-flops and sun dresses. How can you get beautiful summer-ready skin while keeping it protected from the sun’s hot rays?
Get healthy, radiant skin that you’ll be proud to show off with these skin care tips and tricks for warm weather months:
Toss your old sunscreen
Long days playing in the sun are a part of what makes summer such a special season. Be sure you protect your skin. Sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time, so it’s best to toss the remnants from last year and get fresh bottles. Look for options that are water-resistant, broad-spectrum and SPF 30 or higher. Apply 30 minutes before heading outside so sunscreen can be properly absorbed and reapply regularly to ensure constant protection.
Cleanse and moisturize
Cleansing daily not only helps to ensure skin looks fresh, but a clean base also allows sunscreen to be absorbed more easily and makeup to be applied more evenly. If your skin feels tight and dry after showering with soap, do not mistake that feeling for clean! That tight, dry feeling means soap has stripped your skin of essential nutrients.
Don’t skip the exfoliation, especially in the summer. Exfoliation helps to boost skin’s glow. It removes the top layer of dead skin cells and helps your skin to more evenly absorb moisturizers and sunscreens.
Hydration is essential inside and out. In the summer when you are more active and temperatures are warm, it is easy to become dehydrated. Ensure you are drinking plenty of water as well as hydrating your skin.
Nourish skin from the inside
Summer’s bounty of flavorful produce isn’t just a tasty way to reinvent meal time, it’s also an opportunity to choose foods full of nutrients that are good for your skin. Colorful fruits are bursting with antioxidants that may help to protect your skin cells from external damage from the sun, smoke or even stress. Try berries like blueberries and raspberries, as well as dark-skinned grapes.