8 Summer Skincare Basics to Protect You From Sun Damage
This Summer, Keep Your Skin Healthy With These Great Tips
Now that the cold, wet months of winter are behind us, summer is all about relaxing and having fun in the sun! But did you know too much sun can actually be bad for you? Sure, tanning by the pool can be a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon, but take care to protect yourself against sun damage. After all, exposure to UV rays can affect the health of your skin and cause wrinkles, dryness, age spots, and - of course - sunburns.
To help keep your skin glowing and beautiful during these hot months, taking care to incorporate a skin care routine with high-grade sunscreen can help. Here are some tips to help your skin look hot and stay healthy all summer long!
1. Keep It Clean
A good skin care routine is an important part of every day, but in the summer months, it is especially critical to stay on top of your cleansing your pores of grimes, sweat, and oily build up. We recommend washing your skin twice a day during the summer, particularly if you are prone to acne or breakouts, to help keep your skin matte and moisturized. Cleansing with a gel or foam-based product is best and washing once in the morning can help remove dirt and sweat that builds up while you sleep. Before bed, be sure to remove any makeup and wash your face of the day’s oils and dirt. (We recommend: Skin Medica® Facial Cleanser)
2. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
A gentle exfoliating pad is an excellent tool that should always be in your arsenal of skin care products! It helps to remove dead cells and buff out rough spots on your skin that can cause an uneven appearance across your face. During the summer exfoliating is especially important, as dead skin can clog your pores and hinder any hydration your skin may be trying to receive from moisturizing products. We recommend exfoliating in the morning, before applying make-up or sunscreen. This can also help your make-up last longer, which is an added bonus when you’re out in the hot air! (We recommend: Sephora’s Precision Pore Cleansing Pad)
3. Use Weather Appropriate Skin Care Products
You won’t have to worry about dry, cracked skin like you did during the winter! It’s time to pack away those heavy creams and try products that allow your pores to breathe and deliver much-needed hydration and moisture or areas of your skin that may be exposed to the sun. Similarly, light, airy clothes are ideal during the summer to help reduce sweaty build-up in your pores. (We recommend: HA⁵® Rejuvenating Hydrator by Skin Medica®)
4. Don’t Neglect Your Eyes and Lips
Your summer skin care routine should always include your eyes and lips in addition to just the areas to which you typically apply sunscreen and product. In fact, your lips can be more susceptible to peeling, cracking, or drying out if they are not properly moisturized when out in the sun. This means using a balm with SPF that is light and helps deliver hydrating nutrients without weighing down your lips. Sunglasses can help keep your eyes protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays, as well, and you can find a polarized lens to help you see better!
5. Start With SPF
You should be using some type of sun protectant every day on your skin, particularly on your face, which is typically fully exposed even if the rest of your body is not. A moisturizer with a lower SPF can be used during the winter when there is no sun while using a bit of sunblock on sunny Spring days is the best way to ensure you don’t over saturate your pores, but still keep yourself protected from UV rays. In the summer, however, when the sun is especially trying, using products with a minimum of 30 SPF is recommended by the experts at the American Academy of Dermatology. (We recommend: Skin Medica®’s Essential Defense Mineral Shield)
6. Feeling Dry? Reapply!
If you are starting to feel your skin becoming hot or drying out, consider hitting the shade for a while and reapplying your sunscreen. Invest in a high-quality brand that doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on your skin, so you can add more throughout the day as necessary without feeling gross by 8 pm. A good rule of thumb is to apply sunscreen every two hours for as long as you are out in the sun.
7. Avoid the Hottest Time of Day
Typically, anytime between 12 pm (noon) and 4 pm can be brutal. This is when the sun is at its peak positioning in the sky. Unfortunately, this also happens to be one of the most popular times of day to get lunch, run errands, and hit the pool - so be sure to use extra sunscreen if you must be outdoors! If you can, staying indoors during this time can help reduce extreme sun damage.
8. Hello, H20
This goes without saying, but staying hydrated is absolutely necessary when enjoying a day out in nature. While the crisp mountain air can cool down a hot day, it can also dry out your skin much faster. Drinking water not only helps your body stay healthy and hydrated, but it can ensure your skin stays glowing and radiant. This summer, your best accessory should be a reusable water container!
Shine Bright This Summer With Healthy, Sun-Kissed Skin
At Colorado Beauty RN, we want to help our patients preserve the integrity of their skin and keep it youthful and blemish-free for years to come. That’s why we offer a wide range of medical-grade skin care products and high-end MedSpa services to help refresh and revitalize your skin after exposure to harsh elements or general signs of aging. This summer, confidently live your best life with a curated summer skin care plan that will ensure you battle sun damage while enjoying a cool day by the creek. Contact us today to learn more about the amazing services we offer all summer long!