It is easy to forget about your beauty routine when the weather heats up. Warmer, more humid days give you a break from dry, itchy winter skin, and the blush of a sun-kissed complexion makes you look healthier. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect your skin-care regime. Follow these steps to keep your skin looking naturally beautiful all summer long.
Stay hydrated. Your body tends to lose a lot of moisture in the summer, so replenish regularly with lots and lots of water and liquids. It will help you skin stay soft and moisturized as well. Just be sure to sip smart, save money and the planet all at the same time with a refillable water bottle. Disposable water bottles are tough to recycle and clog up landfills. Skip them altogether with a reusable bottle that has a built-in filter, so you can have delicious drinking water with you everywhere, and save all that plastic!
Protect your skin from the sun. If you can, try and stay indoors between 11am and 3pm. That’s when the sun’s rays are the strongest and can have the most adverse effect on your skin. Also, don’t forget to apply safe, non-toxic sunscreen 30 minutes before you step out – even on cloudy days. The worst sunburns often happen on overcast days when people think they can stay out for hours without sun protection. Reapply often if you’re outside (ideally every 90 minutes), and always after swimming.
Moisturize. Skin needs may change in summer and it’s tempting to skip moisturizing because your skin may not feel as dry. Don’t. The right moisturizer promotes healthy skin with consistent use. Serums like Seventh Generation’s Boosts come in customized formulas designed to work with specific skin needs. Take our quiz to find out which is best for your summer skin needs. If you do happen to get a sunburn, act fast to mitigate the negative effects by moisturizing liberally and often. This will keep the burned skin well hydrated, and it will help to soothe the discomfort.
Eat Healthy. The bounty of fresh produce available in the summer makes it a treat to eat healthy. And where your skin is concerned, you are what you eat. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables, wild salmon and other foods rich in omega 3s.
Read Labels. Many women report that their skin becomes more sensitive in the summer. All the more reason to check personal-care product labels for known allergens and skin toxicants. Keep in mind that terms like "pure," "healthy," "organic" and "hypo-allergenic" have no legal standards when used on personal-care products so ignore the claims on the front of the package. Flip the product over and read the ingredient label. You can also check out the ingredients in your favorite products on Skin Deep, a free database created by Environmental Working Group that analyzes nearly 50,000 personal-care products with the best available science sources, ranking each product from 0 (least toxic) to 10 (get rid of it and find a safer brand!).
Get your ZZZZs. Have lots of summer fun, but don’t skimp on sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to increased levels of stress hormones, which may slow the production of collagen in the skin. When our skin stops producing collagen, it begins to lose elasticity and starts looking tired and worn. So along with all the tips above, aim for7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
Enjoy the summer! What’s your favorite summer beauty tip?
Photo: Mike Monaghan