Don’t be left out to bake in the sun this summer! Paying attention to how you care for your skin – on the outside and inside – will help you maintain a youthful appearance and protect you from sun damage this summer and year-round.
6 Simple Summer Skin Care Secrets
Keeping skin clean and makeup free allows your skin to breathe, which is a big part of maintaining a healthy-looking, youthful appearance. Lather and rinse with a natural, botanical-based daily facial cleanser to remove dirt or makeup particles. Choose fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, paraben-free, and non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) cleansers that are safe for sensitive skin, even if you aren’t super sensitive. Bonus: A pH balanced product like Orange Blossom Honey Everyday Facial Cleansing Gel from Naked Bee is enriched with vitamin C, jojoba bead exfoliators, and enzymes from pineapple and papaya hydrates skin while reducing redness and providing antioxidant support.
Summer heat means sweat and clogged pores. Be sure to exfoliate your skin and use clarifying face masks or pore cleaners like Biore’s Cleansing Pore Strips or Pore Unclogging Scrub. These products will help remove dead, dull skin cells and unclog pores from dirt, oil, and blackheads thanks to acne-fighting salicylic acid, allowing for healthier new cells to grow. This also gives your body a way to better soak up any moisturizer you slather on after exfoliating.
After exfoliating skin, it’s important to follow up with proper hydration. Popular options include hydrating face masks, toners, and lightweight moisturizing lotions. You can even make your own DIY hydrating skin mask at home. Also be sure to hydrate your body by drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water.
04. Mineral Sunscreen
Even on cloudy days, you should apply mineral sunscreen (which won’t clog pores) to your delicate face and all over your body. Try emollient formulas on dry skin and fragrance-free, natural products for sensitive skin. Re-apply every two hours, especially if you’re spending time outdoors. Alba Botanica offers a line of trusted natural mineral sunscreens for the whole family that are vegetarian and never tested on animals.
05. Treat Damaged Skin
If you have a sunburn, have brown spots or other discolorations on your skin, it’s time for some skin therapy. Try aloe or After Sun Repair by Dermalogica to cool a fresh sunburn and encourage healing. For scars or stretch marks, or try Mederma Skin Care products.
06. Dietary Supplements
While you care for your skin this summer on the outside, don’t forget to eat a nutritious diet of skin-loving foods like avocado and salmon. And fill any nutritional gaps with multivitamins and supplements of skin-supportive nutrients like biotin (vitamin B7) and collagen.
What are your summer skin care secrets? Share your thoughts in the comments section!
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