Summer Skin Care Tips

Summer Skin Care Tips

Summer Skin Care TipsSummer weather means showing more skin, hotter temperatures and plenty of days spent in the sun. You know that a regular skin care routine includes cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating. However, during the summer you need to add a few additional steps to your skin care regimen. Your skin is the largest organ your body has and you should treat it with care. Of course sunscreen is always necessary, but there is more to your summer skin regimen than your SPF.

Exfoliate

Regular exfoliation is important to your skin. When you exfoliate, you remove dead skin cells and debris that lead to clogged pores. If you have sensitive, aging or dry skin, you may think that you should skip the exfoliating process. True, you probably should avoid harsh scrubs as your method of exfoliation, but it is still an important step towards healthy skin. Chemical exfoliants using AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids) are gentle exfoliants that you apply onto your skin and follow with your sunscreen and moisturizer. Make this step a little easier with a multi-tasking products that do both. For a super easy DIY body exfoliator, mix sugar and coconut oil and rub in circular motions all over your body. If you’d prefer to forgo the mixing of your own exfoliator, there are plenty of excellent options on the market to choose from.

Hydrate

Your skin and body require adequate hydration and most people are not getting enough water each day. Doctors recommend that you drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. If you drink caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, you should plan on tripling the amount of water that you drink. And while flavored waters and teas are tasty, it is important to drink eight glasses of plain, filtered water. Make sure that you are never far from hydration by keeping a water bottle with a built-in filter at your side.

Sun Protection

Sunscreen is an important part of everyday skin care, though most people tend to skip it most of the year. The sun’s UVA and UVB rays do more than just give a nasty burn; they significantly speed up the aging process. Additionally, those who catch rays without protection and experience burns are more likely to develop skin cancer than others. To avoid all of these skin issues, apply an SPF to your face and body every single day. Experts recommend that you use approximately a teaspoon amount of sunscreen to your face and enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass for your body. Apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply every two hours. Although many sunscreens claim to be sweat-proof or waterproof, experts suggest that you reapply sunscreen any time that you emerge from water. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your hands, feet and lips.

Proper skin care helps keep signs of aging away, reduces blemishes, and protects your skin from the elements. With more skin showing, it is important to remember that your face is not the only skin needing care. Stay hydrated, get rid of dead skin and debris and always, always apply sunscreen so that you can enjoy the sun safely.

Brian Stumbaugh is a recent college graduate residing in San Diego, CA. Brian recently joined the Colorescience team as a Marketing Assistant. He enjoys writing, surfing, and is a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan.