As we kick off the unofficial start of summer this weekend, let’s get a jump start on ways to keep your skin healthy and glowing all summer long. Summer can be a challenge for your skin but if you follow these 6 simple steps you can lose the summertime skin blues.
It seems so easy, and yet most of us do not drink enough water. When you are not drinking enough water, it can make your skin look dull and cause pores, fine lines and wrinkles to be more obvious. Water not only helps to plump up your skin but helps create the ideal environment for elastin and collagen to work their magic. Water also helps to decrease the amount of oil on your skin and that can mean less breakouts. There are some great water bottles on the market to help you with drinking enough water throughout the day. I like the 20 ounce, Camelbak Eddy Water Bottle available at Target. It is vacuum insulated, keeping my water cold, fresh and delicious. The bite valve makes it easy to flip and drink with one hand.
Hydrating your skin from within by drinking water is not enough. It is imperative to use a quality moisturizer, preferably one with SPF protection on your skin. Choose one that is made for your skin type for the best results and apply daily.
Protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Wear sunglasses, a hat and use sunscreen when you are out in the sun. You can find many sunscreens especially formulated for your face that work well, especially if you have sensitive skin. If you are at the beach or pool, make sure to choose a waterproof or water-resistant sunscreen and reapply after drying off. Don’t forget your lips, there are great lip balms with SPF that make it easy to protect delicate lip skin from sun damage.
Helping your skin look its best has a lot to do with removing dirt, debris, dead skin cells and other pore blockers which also improves absorption of moisturizers. You don’t want to exfoliate your skin so often that you are causing irritation or redness.Exfoliating your skin once or twice a week is what you should aim for. I find an exfoliating glove that you can use in the shower, works well for me. The textured glove is designed to easily exfoliate impurities and dead skin cells and unclog pores while cleaning and massaging your skin. You can find these gloves at major retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond.
If you swim in a chlorinated pool, remember to rinse off afterward. Chlorine can be very irritating and cause skin dryness and other adverse skin reactions. Protect your eyes and surrounding skin with a quality pair of swim goggles.
Don’t forget to take your vitamins. Even though you are getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D from the sun, you still need to balance with other nutrients and minerals to nourish and revitalize your skin and body. Be sure to take a good quality multivitamin daily.