Ah, summer. The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and you can finally show your toenail polish to the world. However, now that summer is here, your skin could begin to take a beating from the changes in temperature and increased outdoor time. Here’s how to protect your skin and keep it radiant.
Hydration is key
Without a doubt, the most important part of your daily routine during the summer should be hydration—mainly drinking water. Really, that should be number one all year round, as sometimes the best skincare tips are also the easiest. Typically you should be drinking eight glasses of water a day, or half a gallon. However, with the boost in temperature also comes, for many, an increase in active outdoors time. Biking, kayaking, and even just taking a stroll along the beach necessitates more water than the eight glass minimum. Not only can dehydration lead to serious health issues, but it also leaves your skin looking duller.
When it comes to moisturizing your skin, the summer is a time when you can actually use a lighter moisturizer. This is because with the higher levels of humidity your skin is getting additional hydration from the air—so it’s the perfect time to pull out your hydrating mists and BB creams.
Soothe and Brighten
It’s especially important in the summer to cleanse the skin thoroughly. Though your normal skin care routine may only have you cleansing once a day at night, during the summer we recommend cleansing in the morning as well. Those hot summer nights may be filled with fun, but they also make you sweat more, which can then in turn clog your pores. Gently clear away summer’s side effects without stripping your skin’s moisture with our Deeply Cleansing Milk.
If your body is sensitive to the warm temperatures, summer may be a time where you suffer from inflammation and overheating. If that’s the case, take daily, ten minute cold showers as well as cold compresses at night. These can easily be made with frozen hand towels or ice cubes at home. And if you do get caught out in the sun too long or are prone to sun rashes, classic aloe vera is the perfect way to relieve the discomfort. When shopping for an aloe treatment, however, make sure you read in the ingredient list and don’t purchase one with unnecessary additives.
Finally, everyone wants a natural glow during the summer. With our Radiance Boosting Face Serum, that glow can come from your skin, not your makeup. Apply a few drops to the whole face morning and night after cleansing, and follow up with your light summer moisturizer.