3 Way to Get Gorgeous Summer Skin
It’s no secret that with summer heat comes humidity and extended exposure to sweat, chlorine and harmful rays. With summer in full swing, we know many plan to spend their weekends soaking up the sun or lounging by the pool. Today, we’re sharing three ways to revamp your skincare routine for the summer.
1) Wear Sunscreen
Although sunscreen is a must all year long, it is particularly important during the summer months. According to Blue Mercury, “dangerous light rays bounce off reflective surfaces like water and sand heightening the effects of the sun’s rays.” If you plan to spend time this summer by the pool or beachside, apply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately following activities involving swimming or sweating. The reality is, more than 90% of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. Learn more about how one sunburn can make a difference here.
Sun exposure is also responsible for most of the visible signs of aging; including wrinkles, pigmentation, and reduced skin elasticity. A clinical study in Japan found that women with lower levels of sun exposure look 8-16 years younger than those with higher levels of sun exposure. Thankfully, there are so many great sunscreen products out there that are weightless, non-comedogenic, and oil-free.
Our Team Recommends: Juvenil SPF 50+ Sheer Physical Sunscreen & La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin SPF 60
2) Switch Up Your Moisturizer
As the seasons change, so do the needs of your skin. Because the warm weather kicks your oil-producing glands into high gear, it’s time to trade in your winter moisturizer for a lighter moisturizer for summer. According to Marie Claire, “the thick, rich creams you’ve been relying on all winter may need to take a backseat for your summer lightweight moisturizer to come though and sweep your skin off its feet.” This all goes to say that a heavy moisturizer may work in the cooler winter months, but it will leave your skin feeling sticky and sweaty in the summer. We recommend doubling up your sun protection this summer by using a lightweight moisturizer with SPF. Check out this post for the 12 Best Moisturizers with SPF.
3) Load up on Antioxidants
Antioxidants are naturally occurring substances found in berries, Vitamin C, nuts, cherries, and a variety of dark-colored foods. They are key in fighting inflammation, which can cause various ailments in the body, including skin damage. A source of inflammation that directly affects the skin is the sun induced formation of cellular free radical oxygen molecules.
When the radical oxygen molecule comes in contact with the affected skin cells, and electron is extracted from the normal oxygen molecule and this leads to damage of collagen and elastic skin fibers which lead to saggy skin and wrinkles. However, as you age the production of collagen slows. Making sure to get an adequate amount of Vitamin C and antioxidants in your diet will help protect and repair your skin.
Interested in learning more ways to achieve gorgeous skin this summer? Request an appointment today online, or call (540) 953-2210.