1) Avoid overexposure to the sun. A couple of years ago I was overexposed to the sun while out running errands on one of the hottest days of the year in Los Angeles, and the effects were frightening and potentially devastating. I was outside for long stretches of time (I was exposed to the baking sun and hot asphalt), and the weather was so extreme that I ended up with a case of serious dehydration– it was unlike anything that I had ever experienced, and thankfully I didn't end up with heat stroke. Be mindful of the heat and your exposure time, and the very young, the elderly, people with mitigating health issues and pets should also be carefully monitored since the effects of overexposure to the sun can be particularly devastating to them.
2) Drink plenty of water. I know that this is painfully obvious, but it is something that I often don't do nearly enough of– particularly when I am on the go during the warmer months. Carrying around a good quality water bottle definitely helps remind you to drink water, and for me I either carry my 25 oz. S'well Water Bottle (Reviewed HERE), Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle (Reviewed HERE) or my 16 oz. bkr Water Bottle (Reviewed HERE).
3) Be diligent in your use of a high SPF sunscreen (at least an SPF 30- though I use between an SPF 30-SPF 50 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. My all-time favorite sunscreen for my face, neck and décolleté is: TATCHA SILKEN Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 (Reviewed HERE).
5) 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 suspicious 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.
6) 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 antioxidant-rich anti-aging serums do wonders for their ability to scavenge free radicals.
7) 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.
8) Consider adding Hyaluronic-based lotions or gels into your product rotation because it helps to raise, and maintain, the moisture level of the skin.
9) 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 would still highly recommend using a separate sunscreen to make sure that you have sufficient coverage. Again, you need to reapply sunscreen throughout the day (approximately every 60-80 minutes).
10) Use a good moisture mask at least once a week, or as needed.
11) Don't forget about your lips! 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.
12) Don't forget your hair! Not only can the sun wreak havoc on hair, but the scalp is also 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.
13) A good pair of sunglasses won't just protect your eyes, but will also protect the vulnerable under eye area. Repeated sun exposure will cause sun damage to that vulnerable area and subject your skin to skin cancer and premature aging.
What are your favorite tips to get your skin through the summer months?
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These are excellent skincare tips! When i was in Rio a long time ago, i was foolish and spent too much time in the sun without protection. The results were awful. I try to be very careful now. The only thing i can’t do is wear a hat when i jog coz it’s just too hot. But i am trying!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Allison! Oh do I ever understand. The effects can be quite dangerous! Wearing a hat is a great idea!Delete
Your first tip is so important! In my 20s, I waited outside on a hot summer day (it was a U2 concert and we were trying to get close to the stage) and I ate very little and drank very little. I got sunburnt and right before the opening act, I passed out and fell to the floor! Heat and sun are no joke and I’ve never been so careless since that incident!ReplyDelete
You were very lucky, Judy! You could have ended up with heat stroke. It really is no joke, and what happened to me was so scary! I'm glad that you were okay!Delete
I see so many ways that I've changed in reading this. I didn't follow these suggestions when I was younger but I do now and I'm grateful for a more youthful visage now. Sunscreen is so vital and so is skin hydration.ReplyDelete
Ah yes, when we were younger– such rules never would have occurred to most of us! Sunscreen is vital, indeed!Delete
All great tips!ReplyDelete
Awesome idea to mix moisturizer in with foundation to thin it out for summer, never thought of that to be able to utilize my perfect match shades!ReplyDelete
It is the easiest thing to do, and it lets you use your favorite formulas and shades!Delete
You have the best skincare tips! Thank you! I need to remember to use oils more often.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Courtney! I appreciate that– coming from you! Soothing and calming oils would be perfect for you!Delete