Hot temperatures in the summer can be brutal on your skin: extra heat and humidity increase sweating, dehydration and oil production. The result can be breakouts, dry skin and other uncomfortable issues, not to mention sun exposure that speeds up signs of aging. To combat these concerns and have healthy, glowing skin this summer, here are some steps to take.
1. Use a Vitamin C Serum
Face serums help exfoliate and brighten your skin while hydrating and fighting common aging signs. Plus, choosing a serum with vitamin C will help protect your skin, boost collagen, and fight sun damage. Use a vitamin C serum after cleansing your face day and night.
2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Hydration is one of the most important tips for healthy, glowing skin in summer. Hydrated skin stays plumper, firmer and brighter as you go through your day.
Moisture can also help prevent breakouts from dry skin during the warm months. So, don’t forget to moisturize after you wash and tone your face!
3. Slather on the Sunscreen
Sun damage is widespread during the summer months. UV rays from the sun are the most common cause of premature aging signs. And, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their life. If you want to maintain healthy, beautiful skin throughout the year, don’t ever forget your sunscreen.
When choosing a sunscreen, look for:
- “Broad-spectrum” protection
- A sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30
- Water-resistant for up to 40 or 80 minutes
Apply sunscreen to all parts of your body not covered by clothing about 15 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or before you swim or sweat.
4. Switch to Self-Tanners
Sun tanning is tempting, and it feels great to sit out in the sun, but it’s not good for your skin.
For the healthiest skin, stick to self-tanners instead. They’ll give you that bronzy glow without the risk. Just be sure to check the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s list of sunless tanners for the healthiest skin-deep options.
5. Eat Nutrient-Rich Fruits and Veggies
Healthy skin starts from the inside out. Make sure you get a daily dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants by eating well. Focus on leafy green vegetables, dark-colored veggies, and nutrient-rich fruits like berries.
6. Try an Eye Mask
Many of us deal with undereye circles or puffy eyes in the summer. Refresh that area with a homemade eye mask! Try making some DIY cucumber pads for a quick at-home remedy.
7. Prioritize Sleep and Rest
Our society still doesn’t put even emphasis on proper sleep. Just like the rest of your body, your skin can’t thrive without good rest. Try to get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night for glowing skin. Here are some tips for getting good sleep.
8. Detox Regularly
Your skin and body can benefit from a “refresh,” especially during busy summer months. Try a purifying mask a few times a week or a 1 Week Flush™ to support your body’s detox processes. Another simple tip is to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
9. Get Your Heart Rate Pumpin'
You know that healthy flush someone gets after a good workout? There’s a reason for that. Exercise helps improve blood circulation and encourage new skin cell growth. Plus, regular exercise can reduce daily stress, another common cause of unhealthy-looking skin.
The Bottom Line
Use these tips to glow from the inside out. You’ll experience physical and mental benefits from treating yourself right and prioritizing healthy practices. Now, go out and enjoy your summer!