1) Drink plenty of water. I know that this is obvious, but it is something that I often don't do nearly enough of-- particularly during the warm months. So this is a big reminder to me, but my guess is that there are many of you that probably are like me and forget to drink enough of it.
2) Be diligent in your use of a high SPF sunscreen (at least an SPF 30- though I use an SPF 40 most of the time). The key is to remember to reapply sunscreen frequently. I often find myself applying my sunscreen in the morning and then forgetting to do so again throughout the day. That first and only application offers us a false sense of sun protection, but it does not last from morning until night. I have forced myself to carry sunscreen with me to reapply it, but of course this means that I need to reapply some foundation, tinted moisturizer, blush, or whatever I am wearing on my face that day. While this isn't terribly convenient it is necessary, and definitely worth the trouble. It should be applied to all exposed areas, and remember that the harmful rays also penetrate your clothing. Vulnerable areas like the ears, back of the neck, the drivers side of your face and body, the back of the hands, and feet are most often neglected.
3) Wear a wide brim hat. I try to do this when I am sitting outside reading- even though I do so under an umbrella.
4) Exfoliate Skin once a week to remove dead skin and to ensure that your skincare is penetrating deeply enough. Of course this should be avoided if you have sunburned skin, but if your skin isn't traumatized by the elements and can handle a gentle exfoliation then this will go a long way to allowing your products to penetrate more deeply. If you see any weird looking moles that have been changing shape and size- then avoid this step and go to your doctor to have it looked at. I can't underscore the importance of this enough- it is very easy for them to identify precancerous and cancerous lesions that you want to deal with immediately. I have had numerous suspicious looking things removed that could eventually become skin cancer.
5) Consider adding in an anti-aging face serum to help fight free radicals. Even if you are young and aren't seeing fine lines pop up yet, the benefits of anti-aging serums do wonders for scavenging free radicals.
6) Add a nourishing face oil into your rotation. They penetrate the skin more deeply and moisturize the skin. They also give the skin a beautiful healthy glow. They can also be used in lieu of heavier skin creams when you want something lighter and faster absorbing. Fear not, they are made for all types of skin from oily to dry and everything in between.
7) Consider adding Hyaluronic-based lotions or gels into your product rotation because it helps to raise the moisture level of the skin.
8) If you have a beloved medium to full coverage foundation that is a perfect match for you, but is too heavy for the season, then blend a small amount with your favorite facial lotion or cream, and you will have the perfect tinted moisturizer. Add a touch of primer and sunscreen, and then you have a BB Cream. When I do this I use the back of my hand to mix it- it's a fast and convenient method. I also love to add a pump of Burberry Glow Luminous Fluid Base (which by the way is back in stock at Nordstrom online!) for a gorgeous luminous glow.
9) Use a good moisture mask at least once a week, or as needed. I discovered The Organic Pharmacy Collagen Boost Mask (review forthcoming) that is my new secret weapon for glowing summer skin. According to The Organic Pharmacy, "More an instant boost than a mask, this Aloe and Seaweed gel is packed full of potent antioxidants to instantly lift, tighten and brighten the complexion. Use at least twice a week or daily during summer months." I have been using this potent antioxidant daily and am thrilled by the results.
10) Don't forget about your lips!! Your pretty pout needs more moisture and protection during the summer. Apply a moisturizing lip balm with an SPF underneath your lip gloss or lipstick to keep them protected. Reapplication throughout the day is the key to remaining protected.
11) Don't forget your hair! Not only can the sun wreak havoc on your tresses, but the scalp is subject to sunburn as well. Use a deep conditioner on a weekly basis to keep your hair in good shape, and consider a good spray on SPF that is formulated for the hair.
12) A good pair of sunglasses won't just protect your eyes, but will also protect the vulnerable under eye area. Repeated sun exposure offers an express invitation for a whole flock of crow's feet to take up permanent residence on your face-- so un-invite them!
What are your favorite tips to get your skin through the summer months?
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