The hot, humid, sunny days of summer can wreak havoc on our skin. With so much of our skin exposed to the elements, summer is no time to take a vacation from skin care. Follow these tips to keep your skin healthy and radiant all summer long.
Don’t Forget The Sunscreen!
Using sunscreen is essential because it decreases the chances for sunburn and can prevent skin cancer including malignant melanoma. Sunscreen can also help protect your skin from sun damage that leads to wrinkled, leathery looking skin.
Not sure what to use? Choose a sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection that is effective at filtering out a large percentage of UVB and UVA rays. For most people using a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 is fine. If you have fair skin, a history of skin cancer or other conditions that make you more sensitive to sunlight, choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
If you are looking for natural sunscreens, Sunology mineral sunscreen will nourish your skin as it protects with an SPF of 50. This sunscreen uses all natural active ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium oxide along with a soothing, VitaOlefera essential oil complex to provide sun protection that is gentle and effective. You can find Sunology as well as many other sunscreen brands on Amazon.com.
Drink That Water!
When you think about skin care, you may think of topical, external products but you need to nourish your skin from within. The importance of drinking water to keep your body hydrated should not be underestimated. The summer heat and the amount of time you spend outdoors can cause you to get dehydrated fast. Headaches, dizziness, exhaustion, nausea and confusion are all signs of dehydration. In extreme cases of dehydration, life-threatening heat stroke can result.
The standard of 8 cups of water a day may not be enough during summer. The heat, your activities, perspiration and other factors can mean you need to drink more water to keep your body adequately hydrated. Using an insulated water bottle can make staying hydrated easier. These containers don’t just look great, they keep your water cold and easily accessible.
The CamelBak Podium Big Chill bottle is a high performance, insulated water bottle with a 25-ounce capacity The double-walled bottle construction uses closed cell foam technology to keep your water cold twice as long as a standard bottle.
Need more water? The YETI Rambler stainless steel, vacuum bottle with its double wall vacuum insulation will keep 36 ounces of water ice cold. These and many other water bottles can be found at REI.
Protect Your Face
Even if you wear sunscreen don’t underestimate the importance of protecting your face and eyes from the sun. A good hat with a wide brim that keeps the sun off you face and a pair of polarized sunglasses will let you see better and keep you from squinting.
The Croft & Barrow Radial Striped Floppy Hat is a great choice for the woman who wants to look stylish while protecting her face.
Adding the Suncloud Weave Polarized Sunglasses in Tortoise will add more than style. These beautiful interlaced frames have polarized lenses that prevent glare and offer 99% UVA & UVB protection for your eyes.
Hat and shade not your style? Don’t despair, Kohls has an extensive selection of hats and shades to choose from and find your perfect look.
Cleanse and Hydrate
After a full day of summer fun, take a shower with a hydrating cleanser to wash away sunscreen residue, dirt and sweat from your skin. After your shower apply a nourishing moisturizer to soothe and hydrated your skin.
Summer skin care does not have to be a chore. Following these simple tips can help keep your skin healthy and beautiful all summer long.