Summer is a time when our skin can really take a beating, especially if you live in an area lots of sun and heat. Do you have any pitfalls when it comes to your summer skincare? We have a great list of 13 skin care tips for summer to help you keep a healthy glow.
11 Skin Care Tips for Summer
Don’t skimp on sunscreen
Did you know that dermatologists recommend using a shot glass of sunscreen each time you apply? And, you should reapply sunscreen every 90 minutes to 2 hours. Sooner if you have been in the water. I learned the hard way after needing skin cancer removed from my face. Use sunscreen daily, year-round too.
Use a New Moisturizer
Depending on the season, our skin will often need a different moisturizer. I the summer, you may need a water-based moisturizer rather than an oil-based one. Skip anything alcohol-based like toners, and pay extra attention to your skin by using a light night cream daily.
Don’t Forget Your Lips
Don’t neglect your lips. Be sure to apply a moisturizing lip balm with sunscreen. This will help heal dry, cracked lips and protect them from getting chapped. I always have a lip balm in my pocket, purse, and in my car.
Avoid Hot Baths
This is a hard one for me. I love a hot bath to warm up when I’m chilly. While a hot bath may feel amazing, it actually draws the natural oils out of your skin. It’s better to use warm water and take showers instead of baths. The quicker you can make them, the better. (especially for the environment). Moisturize right after as well.
Reapply Moisturizers After Washing
Always reapply your moisturizers after washing your hands, body or face. My hands get really dry so I keep an extra moisturizer in my car or purse for touch-ups as well.
Exfoliate Once a Week
Exfoliating your skin helps get rid of the dry layer that will build up over time. Try to use a moisturizing exfoliator if possible. Remember not to over-exfoliate, which can irritate your skin.
Use Mild Soap
Harsh soaps like the antibacterial options can really dry out your skin. Try to use a soap with built-in moisturizers or those containing glycerine. Avoid covering your entire body with soap. Instead, use soap on the areas that tend to get smelly. Your shampoo will contribute to washing the rest of your body. Opt for those that are gentle and fragrance-free.
Eat Right and Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is key for healthy skin all year round. Doctors recommend 6-8 glasses a day. You might consider supplements containing Omega-3 fatty acids as well. (always ask your healthcare provider before taking any supplements).
Wear non-irritating clothing
Skin can get irritated easily when the weather is hot. Moisture-wicking fabrics and loose clothing will keep your skin happier. If your clothes get wet, change out of them quickly as they can also irritate your skin.
See a Specialist
Seek the advice of a dermatologist f you are unsure how to best take care of your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. They can give you the best advice according to your individual needs.
Don’t forget to pamper yourself. You might go for a massage or a moisturizing facial. Ask for some gift cards. These are my favorite gifts to give and receive.
Have another skin care tip for summer? Share in a comment.