Summers can be brutal. When the temperature soars, the heat and humidity can make your already active oil glands hyperactive. You eventually end up with excessive oil around the T-zone, itchy rashes, sunburn, and premature signs of aging. This is why you need a proper skin care routine as your first line of defense
1) Always apply sunscreen
Sun protection is crucial to skin health. In fact it’s one of the most surefire ways to prevent premature signs of aging and discoloration. Apply first thing every morning or 20 minutes prior to any outdoor activities. Re-apply every hour to ensure your skin stays protected throughout the day, especially if you’re going to be spending time during the sun’s peak hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Right now, I am loving Obagi Sun Shield™ Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 50. It gives me complete sun protection. This tinted sunscreen shields skin fromUVA/UVB rays and defends against Infrared Radiation rays.
Instead of going by skin tone, this sunscreen is designed to match your natural undertone and enhance your natural complexion. Choose the Warm shade if you have yellowish, golden or olive undertones. Use the Cool shade if you have bluish, red or pink undertones, fair skin that sunburns more easily.
2) Exfoliate regularly.
It’s essential to glowing skin. By removing pore-clogging surface impurities and dulling dead skin cells from the skin. Exfoliation helps diminish discoloration and prevent future breakouts.
Currently in my regimen is Bl’eau Glacial Mask. It gently exfoliates, and soothes redness and irritation and infuses your thirsty skin! Not to mention it contains over 60 minerals!!!
3) Keep hydrated.
Drink water throughout the day. If you’re on the go, bring a water bottle, and container of fresh fruit to prevent dehydration. I love my Dafi Bottle.
4) Tone Your Skin
Toners are a must-have during the summer months. A good toner keeps your skin oil-free and clean. It also reduces the appearance of pores. When applying toner, pay attention to your T-zone as it is the part of your face that secretes the maximum oil during summer.
I am loving Bl’eau Glacial Mineral Toner. It is lightweight and hydrating, which we all need in the summer heat. It also contains Red maple bark extract which helps to prevent wrinkles, and adds a healthy dose of collagen and elastin.
5) Update Your Moisturizer
If you think your skin does not need moisturizer during the summer months, you are wrong. The only difference is that the heavy moisturizers that you used during winter will not work during summer. You need to use a light moisturizer when the weather is warm. Pick a non-greasy and lightweight moisturizer that will help lock in the essential moisture of your skin.
I recommend The Hydrating Glacial Moisturizing Emulsion which contains jojoba oil and shea butter. Pair it with the toner mentioned above.They are the perfect combination to leave my skin with a dewy glow, and a soft touch.
6) Get Enough Exercise
If the summer heat, sweat, and humidity are keeping you off the treadmill, don’t give up. Though staying in and watching a movie while sipping iced tea is a tempting option, exercise is equally important for maintaining healthy skin during summer.
Physical activity improves blood flow, which means your skin cells get more oxygen.
7) Cool Off With A Face Mist
A cool face mist works wonders on a hot and humid summer day. It helps in soothing sunburns and inflammation and makes your skin look fresh and dewy. You can buy a face mist or even make one at home.
8) WEAR A HAT
Whether you choose a floppy beach hat, a baseball cap or any kind it’s important to protect your face from the harsh rays. If you’re going to the beach or even outside, make sure you grab a hat to protect your face.
9) WEAR SUNGLASSES
Wearing a good pair of sunglasses can not only protect your eyes, but can also block the harmful UV rays from causing wrinkles around your eyes.
Getting a good pair of sunglasses that are polarized and 100% UV protected is the best way to go.
Some sunglasses claim the are UV protected, but really aren’t. Make sure you do your homework before purchasing them.
10) AVOID DEEP FRIED FOODS AND SODA
Fried food will only wreck havoc to your skin. When I used to eat fried foods my skin looked terrible. Opt in for eating good wholesome foods.
Cut out soda, it is purely made of sugar and other bad chemicals. Read more about your health and learn how fast food can make you feel lethargic and bloated.