But the same things that make summer so much fun can be really trying for the skin. Exposure to sun rays is one of the leading causes of aging and fine lines. Sagging skin is due to loss of collagen and elastin, and UV exposure is known to speed up the process. Spending time in the ocean and pool exposes the skin to harsh salts and chemicals, which can make it harder to naturally repair and heal. Plus, summer heat depletes the skin of moisture and nutrients, so the skin becomes dehydrated making it more prone to wrinkles, redness, and irritation.
The good news is that you can get out in the sun, while keeping your skin healthy and safe. All it takes is knowledge and pre-planning so you can enjoy the summer without hesitating!
Here are 7 tips to prep and protect your skin this summer:
1. Cover up
Don’t forget to take a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and a light cotton shirt to protect your most vulnerable skin – the face, eye area, neck, shoulders and back. If you want to work on your tan, do it in short doses, and make sure to take a break indoors frequently.
2. Use sunscreen
Did you know that sun rays can damage your skin indirectly? Yes, UV rays can reflect off the sand, sea or pavement and cause premature aging, even in the shade. That’s why it is so important to use broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 whenever you are outdoors. If you are spending time in the direct sun, use a higher SPF and reapply frequently.
3. Pay attention to legs, arms, and feet
It is easy to focus on the face and shoulders where sunburn is expected. But all your skin needs protection! Especially at the beach or pool, when you are not covered in regular clothing, make sure to apply and reapply sunscreen to your legs, arms, hands, and feet. Don’t forget the soles of your feet when tanning on your tummy!
4. Hair gets stressed in the summer too
Sea water and chlorine tend to strip the hair of vital moisture and nourishment. Sand and sunscreen can make their way to the hairline and scalp, causing irritation. Bottom line: it’s important to take special care of the hair in summertime. Always wash with a gentle cleansing shampoo after swimming and use a hair mask regularly to replenish lost hydration.
5. Drink plenty of water
The first rule of summer is to stay hydrated! This not only keeps the body healthy but also provides the skin with essential hydration, which is lost more quickly in the heat and sun. Remember, if you feel thirsty, you are already somewhat dehydrated, so drink small amounts frequently throughout the day. Add some fresh mint or lemon for a delicious summer-y ‘kick’.
6. Care for your skin every day
Even when you are not outdoors, surfing or sunbathing, it’s important to take special care of your skin. The more nourished and healthier your skin, the better it will cope with the stress of the hot summer. Cleanse and moisturize morning and night with products suited to your skin type and use a face mask once or twice weekly for extra intensive nourishment and hydration.
7. After care is so important
At the end of a hot summer’s day, make sure to cleanse away any salt, sand, sunscreen residue and other impurities with a gentle cleansing formula. Then apply After Sun Lotion specially formulated to soothe and replenish the skin after sun exposure. The sooner you start your after-care routine, the quicker your skin will recover.
A Happy Summer for your Skin
Summer days are long, and your skin deserves a break! Make sure to give your skin the extra attention and care it needs to handle the sun, sea, and summer heat in the most safe, healthy and beautiful way.