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No time like the summertime to show off your skin’s natural glow.
We often think of the cold, dry winter as a time to uplevel our skincare. But the warm season is the perfect time to bring out the best in your skin, see the most improvements, and prepare it for any seasonal changes. Keep it cute and keep it safe with these professional summertime skincare practices.
Summertime Skincare is Lightweight
Summer is hot and sweating is uncomfortable. Lightweight skincare is a great way to let your skin breathe. Lightweight skincare can also prevent sweating, clogged pores, and prevent your makeup from breaking down due to heat or humidity.
To apply small amounts of skincare effectively, work the products into the palm of your hands then press the product into the skin.
Alternatively, you can reduce your daytime skincare routine to just SPF and primer. You’re still protecting your skin without layering it with too many hydrophilic skincare products that would attract moisture and work against your efforts to keep it light.
That’s right. SPF all day, baby. Indoors, outdoors, rain, or shine you should be wearing SPF all the time.
As part of your skincare routine, SPF is to be applied after toner, essence, and/or serums, and moisturizer. It is the final step before applying makeup unless you choose to wear primer. Dermatologists recommend an SPF of 50-100 to be worn daily.
Exfoliate & Tone
Bring out that summer glow by gently exfoliating only slightly more than you do the rest of the year. With the excess heat comes sweat, making bacteria, makeup, and products, and environmental pollutants stick to the skin. You might even find yourself layer SPF more often.
Exfoliating is the best way to guarantee all residue is removed at the end of the day or just before applying makeup. It also makes your skincare (since you’ll be applying less product) melt into the skin with ease.
Toners are a great final touch to cleanse the skin, smooth the surface, and shrink pores. The combination of the two helps perfect your skin allowing you to achieve a glamorous look without putting on too much makeup.
Vitamin C Serum
When exposed to the summer sun, your skin needs as much post-beach treatment it can get. Vitamin C is a powerful, cancer-fighting antioxidant. It also inhibits hyperpigmentation or sunspots while restoring radiance.
Vitamin C is a preventative measure that protects skin cells from damaging UV exposure. In doing so, Vitamin C prevents collagen loss, encourages a healthy cellular turnover rate, and prevents premature signs of aging. [Learn how to make your own Vitamin C serum]
Apply Vitamin C serum beneath sunscreen before going outside.
Vitamin E Oil
Our second favorite delicious Vitamin that your skill loves in the summer–Vitamin E!
While most of these summertime skincare practices are done first thing in the morning or before you go out, Vitamin E benefits are at their best as a post-sunshine treatment. In combination with a few others we’ll mention in this list, Vitamin E is essential to summertime skincare and can restore skin that had too much sun exposure, neutralize destructive free radicals, and may be effective at reducing UV damage in the skin.
Vitamin E isn’t just for the face. Apply Vitamin E oil or serum it all over (along with SPF!) for a safer, sun-kissed tan.
Depending on your skin tone and type, you’re bound to burn in the summer sun unless you’re extra careful. Keep in mind, not all sunburns are noticeably red or painful. As a precaution, you can apply Aloe Vera on your face chest, shoulders, and back if you are spending a lot of time outside or exposed to the sun.
Aloe and Vitamin E make a soothing solution that will cool the skin, reduce inflammation, and prevent painful peeling. Aloe can also fight summertime acne, slow signs of aging, and helps lock moisture deep beneath the skin’s surface.
If you do find yourself with a severe sunburn, combine Aloe Vera, olive oil, and oatmeal to create a healing paste. Leave on the skin for an hour and rinse with cool water. Repeat as desired.
Opt for Multipurpose Makeup
SPF can be found in foundations, CC + BB creams, lipsticks, and more. The addition of Vitamins and minerals added to makeup can also help resist environmental factors that are exacerbated by the heat.
Skincare-infused makeup is beneficial all year round but can be especially protective in summer.
Wear Big Sunglasses
It’s no secret that too much sun exposure can be dangerous for your skin. But did you know it’s one of the leading causes of wrinkles and fine lines?
Too much sun is a surefire way to dehydrate the surface layer of skin making it more prone to developing deep lines. The sun also can cause painful burns, flaking, and hyperpigmentation (aka sunspots).
The skin around your eye is extremely thin and particularly vulnerable to wrinkles and sunspots. Give your SPF a hand and throw on those dramatically large sunglasses and a hat for added protection.
Don’t Neglect Your Lips
Your lips are just as vulnerable to sun damage as the rest of your skin.
But most skincare isn’t meant to be applied to your lips making it extra important to wear chapstick with SPF. There are also balms infused with restorative vitamins to reverse sun damage and keep lips from wrinkling and cracking.
Summertime skincare begins from the inside out. Drinking plenty of water is an absolute must to keep skin quench and prevent your body from overheating.
You’d be amazed at how quickly dry, irritable skin can be reversed with 8 cups of H2O a day. If you plan to party this summer, be sure to get even more water in to counter any alcohol and late nights.
Drinking water keeps your skin looking younger, cleaner, more vibrant, and can help prevent sunburns, sunspots, and aging due to UV exposure. Drink up!
What do you do to keep your skin looking flawless in summertime!? Let us know in the comments 🙂