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Our skin changes with the seasons, the summer brings different challenges than the winter. In winter we need more hydration, the dry winter air takes its toll on the moisture levels in our skin. In summer we deal with more sweat, increased humidity and hot summer sun. We also deal with more dirt, grime, sunscreen and oil residue in the summer.
Here are some easy natural tips for a summer skin care routine. I will give you a brief list and then go into further detail on each one below:
- drink water
- remember to wash
- use a mist toner
- use a light moisturizer
- be sun safe
- eat cooling fruits and vegetables
1. Numero Uno is Drink Water
I know it is cliche but it is so very important. Your body needs to be hydrated from within to help keep it’s without properly moisturized. Pop, juice and other drinks actually deplete water from your body, so be sure to drink just plain ol’ water (maybe toss a wedge of lemon in there). I carry around a Klean Kanteen (their new sport top is awesome!) filled with water. This makes it easy for me to get my daily water intake.
2. Remember to Wash
By the end of a summer day, your pores are filled with sunscreen, makeup and sweat. This guck needs to get washed away! You need a cleanser that will remove all that buildup, without stripping your face’s natural oils.
Wash your face and neck twice a day, one in the morning and once at night. A light, cooling face wash with peppermint in it is excellent for summer. Check out Thesis Beauty Foaming Face Wash, it is a moisturizing, glycerin-based face wash that foams up nicely, has cooling peppermint oil in it and lasts forever (seriously good price too).
Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells, giving your skin a fresh new glow. In the summer, we may need this pick-me-up mid week, when our face is getting tired of all the stuff settling into its pores.
Exfoliating actually makes your skin more sensitive to the elements and to the sun. If you are someone who takes sun precautions, like wearing a hat and sunscreen, you should be able to keep your exfoliation routine the same as the rest of the year (3 – 4 times a week), but if you plan on getting a tan or spending a lot of time in the sun, you should limit your exfoliation to once or twice a week.
Use a gentle exfoliate (learn more about harsh exfoliates and why you should avoid them) such as Odacite’s Jojoba Bead Exfoliate.
4. Use a Mist Toner
A light mist is a refreshing treat for summer skin, hydrating your face and perking up your complexion. Try using a toner with cucumber, aloe or rosewater.
5. Use a Light Moisturizer
You don’t need a heavy moisturizer in the summer, switching it up for something lighter will keep your skin from feeling bogged down. Make sure you moisturize after swimming in chlorinated pools, as the chlorine is drying. Kypris’ Antioxidant Dew is a great lightweight moisturizer, or check out this facial oil by Odacite specifically made for summer.
Another option is to go for a tinted moisturizer with SPF (we like ILIA Beauty’s Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer). This gives you lightweight moisture, sheer coverage, and SPF protection – a whole lotta bang for your buck!
Remember to take care of your lips. Find a nice lip chap with SPF if you are going to be in the sun for awhile.
6. Be Sun Safe
I am not a fan of using tons of sunscreen every time you step outdoors. I am a believer that the sun is beneficial for us and we need some of it in our lives to feel amazing. I know, I know, sun is the leading cause of wrinkles, and I know, the sun supposedly causes skin cancer, but we still need sun to make Vitamin D. (Read more about whether we really need so much sunscreen).
What do I do? I wear a hat, I avoid the most intense times of the day (11am-4pm), I sit in the shade, I don’t sunbathe, and I allow myself to get a gradual tan. If I think I might burn, I wear a natural sunscreen (I use Aubrey Natural Sun SPF 30). I do use a tinted moisturizer with SPF on my face, because I use chemical exfoliates (benzoyl peroxide for acne.)
7. Eat Cooling Fruits and Vegetables
Summer is all about fresh fruits and veggies, why not take advantage of all the abundance of summer! These fruits and veggies will provide hydration, keep you cool and deliver essential vitamins and minerals into your body.
Cooling fruits include grapes, watermelon, berries, apples, cantaloupe, pears, peaches and star fruit.
Cooling veggies include cucumbers, radishes, mint, peppers and lettuce.
If you follow these simple steps, you skin will thank you. Summer is such a wonderful time of year, go enjoy it, knowing your skin is taken care of.
What do you do for your skin in the summer?
Yours In Beauty,
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