Your skin takes a whole lot of abuse during the summer. To start with there’s the constant transitioning between the hot humid outside air and the frigid air conditioning indoors. Then there are sunscreens, self-tanning lotions, being exposed to chlorinated water and the constant sweating. And perhaps worst of all, the occasional accidental sunburn.
All of it takes a toll on your skin, and the common advice to simply “stay out of the sun” honestly doesn’t help much. That’s why we’ve collected some summer skin care tips that will actually help keep your skin healthy and beautiful all summer long.
Swap out your lotions:
In the cold months you should be using a heavier moisturizer to counter the dry winter air. But in the summer you should switch to something lighter. Look for a lotion with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that can help fight sun damage and keep skin looking young and vibrant. Apply liberally every night before bed, and wake up with skin that looks, and feels, amazing.
Wear less makeup:
When heavy primer and foundation mix with sweat your skin can become irritated. Even worse your pores can clog up leading to summer acne outbreaks. Go minimal with mascara and lipstick, and save the heavier looks for cooler temps.
Regularly replace your razors:
Sweat and residue from sunscreen, sand and lotions will dull your razor blades during the summer faster than at any other time of the year. Avoid razor burn by changing them more often.
Stay as dry as possible:
Few things feel as miserable as itchy, prickly heat rash in the summer. And it can look as bad as it feels. To avoid the ugly, uncomfortable rash you need to fight off the constant moisture that comes with summertime heat.
Use fans and air conditioning to keep cool and dry when you’re indoors. And if you’re really susceptible to heat rash, when you’re out and about be sure to slip into a restroom every once in a while to towel off. Focus on your underarms, between your thighs, and under your breasts.
A sprinkle of corn starch, baking soda or a natural corn-starch based baby powder (avoid talcum powder) can help prevent heat rash and chaffing, too. But ladies always avoid using talcum near the genitals, because it may be linked to ovarian cancer.
A buildup of products and sweat can trap dead skin, leaving you with a dull, unhealthy look. But using a loofah or gentle exfoliating scrub once a week will restore a healthy glow to your skin, and keep it looking its best all summer long.
Use enough sunscreen:
After you get your 15 to 20 minutes in the sun to stock up in vitamin D if you’re going to be staying outdoors with your skin exposed it’s time to apply a mineral-based sunscreen. But be warned, if you’re like most folks you’re likely not using nearly enough.
Most people use just a few squirts of sunscreen at a time. But in order for sunscreen to be completely effective, you need to apply a full ounce, which is enough to fill an entire shot glass. And be sure to reapply every two hours.
Wear the right clothes:
If you’re skipping the sunscreen and choosing to cover up to protect against sun damage instead you need to choose your clothing wisely. Many loose, summer-weight garments won’t protect your skin against the sun’s rays. You can invest in some duds designed specifically to block UVA and UVB rays, or simply choose an outfit that’s made of unbleached cotton with a tighter weave.
While your skin does have different needs during the summer months you don’t have to choose between summer fun and beautiful skin. Take care of your summer skin and enjoy the outdoors, with these easy tips.