5 Summer Skincare Basics to Protect You From Sun Damage
Summer is all about relaxing and having fun in the sun! But too much sun can be harmful to you. We get it; who doesn't want that sunkissed glow from sitting by the pool, but you can still do that and protect your skin from the sun's damaging UV rays. Exposure to UV rays can affect your skin's health and cause damage such as sunburns, wrinkles, dryness, and age spots.
Keep your skin healthy and glowing during these hot months by taking the proper safety precautions and incorporate a skincare routine with high-grade sunscreen. Here are some tools to help your skin look healthy during the summer months.
Keep Your Skin Clean
Cleansing your pores of sweat, grimes, and oily build-up in the summer months is essential. If your prone to acne and blemishes, we recommend washing your skin twice daily to help keep your skin moisturized and mattified. In the morning and before bed are the best times for cleansing to be sure to wash a day's worth of makeup and oil build-up. Cleansing with a gel or foam-based cleanser is best and can help remove dirt and sweat that builds up while you sleep. (We recommend: Phytomer Oligopur Purifying Cleansing Gel)
Exfoliating helps remove dead cells and scrubs away the rough spots on your skin that are causing an uneven appearance on your face. Why is this important to guard your skin from UV damage? Dead skin can clog your pores which can block any hydration your skin may receive from moisturizing products. The best time to exfoliate your skin is before you apply makeup or sunscreen, which will also help your makeup last longer during hot summers. (We recommend: Image Skincare Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder)
Your Face Isn't the Only Thing That Needs Protecting
You should always include your eyes and lips in your summer skin ritual. Exposure to the sun can cause peeling, drying, and even cracking to your lips if not moisturized. Using a lip balm with SPF will help protect your lips and deliver hydrating nutrients. In addition, keep your favorite sunglasses near you at all times. Sunglasses help keep your eyes protected from the damaging rays of the sun. (We Recommend: Eminence Organics Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF 15)
SPF, SPF, SPF
Yes, we are stating the obvious, SPF. Apply sunscreen every day on your skin, especially on your face. When the sun is especially trying in the summer, using products with a minimum of 30 SPF is recommended. (We recommend: Eminence Organic Skin Care Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 40 )
If your skin begins heating up or drying out, reapply your sunscreen. Be sure to invest in an effective brand that doesn't feel greasy on your skin, and this will ensure that you are comfortable adding more throughout the day. If you will be exposed to the sun, the key is to apply sunscreen every two hours. (We Recommend: Image Skincare Prevention+ Daily Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30)
Avoid the Hottest Time of Day
When the sun is at its peak, usually between noon and 4 pm, avoid it. Realistically, those are traditionally the busiest times of the day, and avoiding the sun isn't always easy, so whether you're picking up lunch, doing lawn work, or simply just relaxing by the pool, be sure to use your sunscreen.