How to Stay Cool in Summer
Summer is not time to slack on your skincare routine. UVA/UVB rays are harmful all year long, but are especially damaging during the summer months when our exposure levels are so much higher! That’s why it’s important to focus on sun and heat protection, in addition to maintaining your regular skincare routine (moisture, balance, etc.). There is so much you can do to slow down premature aging regardless of the temperature and humidity. We asked a handful of dermatologists their tips for keeping skin healthy during the summer heat.
Don’t Forget Your Lips
Yes, your lips need sunscreen, too. Since the sun can be extremely drying, keep them soft and smooth by using a rich lip balm with SPF 15 or higher. Don’t forget to reapply it when you’re outside.
Cool Off With A Mist
Stash a bottle of face mist in your cooler so you can mist your face and body when you’re at the beach or on the run. Water will soothe and hydrate your skin on top of cooling you down.
Protect Your Scalp
Long hair does offer some shade from the sun, but the sensitive skin along your hairline can still get burned. Use a sunscreen spray along your part.
Take a Cool Shower
Hot showers after sun exposure further dry skin. Turn down the temperature and you’ll pick up a few added benefits. A cool shower after excess sweating helps to keep skin clear, decreasing acne breakouts.
Wear a Wide-Brim Hat
A baseball cap won’t protect your face from sun coming at an angle. Opt for a hat with a brim for full protection.
Slough Away Dry Skin
One of the most effective ways to exfoliate during the summer is to use a scrub on dry skin before you shower. Pay special attention to knees and elbows. Finish with a rich body cream, butter or oil within three minutes of toweling off.
Load Up On Melon
Cantaloupe is the melon of choice for beautiful summer skin. The sweet fruit is rich in antioxidants and delivers a unique hydration to the skin, resulting in a radiant complexion. Eating delicious watermelon can actually boost your SPF!
Treat Your Legs
The trick to great summer legs is to alter the way light reflects off the skin’s surface. Start by exfoliating. Then apply an organic body butter.
Treat Sun Spots
Melasma—a common skin discoloration consisting of dark spots, which can develop on the forehead, cheeks, and upper lip—is a summertime skin risk. Apply an Age Spot Corrector, nightly.
Fight Acne All Over
Body acne can happen any time of the year, but it’s more common during sweatier months. Wash in the morning with an acne-fighting body wash and keep skin clean throughout the day.
Don’t Scratch Bug Bites
Bug bites can itch and linger for weeks after they become inflamed. If you happen to get stuck with a sting, use an Anti-Itch Body Butter or Creme Cream twice daily until itching resolves.
Go Easy On The Eyes
The summer weather can be especially harsh on the fragile skin around the eyes. Use a vitamin-based eye cream from June through August. Vitamin’s powerful antioxidants help prevent and even reverse wrinkles.
Don’t Forget Your Hands
The thin skin on your hands wrinkles and pigments easily, so be sure to use sunblock daily. Sun Block can shield hands from UVA/UVB rays while fully absorbing into skin for a non-greasy finish.
Feed Your Face
The best tool for an even summer skin tone is probably already in your fridge. Cut a large strawberry in half, take a fork and poke at the flesh to awaken the juices, then swipe it across your face in small circles. Leave it on for two minutes, then rinse off. This will brighten sun and age spots over time.
Eat Your SPF (Really!)
There’s some evidence that oral intake of vitamins C and E together can limit potential for sunburn. A salad with vitamin C-rich citrus, berries, tomato, and vitamin E-rich nuts is an ideal SPF meal.
Reduce bumps caused by summer heat and humidity with an at-home mud mask once a week. These masks can also soothe skin that’s irritated by sun and saltwater or chlorine from the pool.
Fake A Sun-Kissed Glow
By now you have to know how bad sitting out in the sun is for your skin, so fake a glow with a self tanner.
Soothe Razor Bumps
Whether or not you choose to groom your body hair is entirely up to you, but if you do decide to wax or shave your bikini line this summer, beware of razor bumps and ingrown hair. Along with gently exfoliating the area regularly to keep it smooth, treat any red bumps with an ingrown hair cream.
Life is Short. Summer is Hot. Be Beautiful!