Limiting sun exposure is difficult to do in the summer, especially with all of the activities that accompany the season. Regardless if you are a hiker, a BBQer, a beach goer (or all three), combat sun damage and restore your skin with these simple steps to ensure your best skin this summer.
Protect! This goes without saying, but sunscreen is vital to the skin any time of year, and especially in these months when the sun is the harshest. Even in those moments you don’t think to apply, like when out running errands, be sure to lather on a protective layer
Hydrate! Number one rule: drink water! In these hot summer days, you lose water faster than usual and with water making up over half of your body weight, it’s important to replenish before you become dehydrated.
Cleanse! Exfoliating one to three times a week will help polish your skin and remove dead cells to brighten your complexion. Combine with daily cleansing followed by moisturizing to help maintain your natural summer radiance. For deeper cleansing and added skin hydration, use a mask once a week.
Soothe! Did you know your skin absorbs 60% of what you put on it? Nourish and heal your skin with a natural moisturizer, or with one of our personal favorite after-sun remedies, coconut oil. The ultimate skin soother? Coconut oil mixed with Aloe Vera. You can practically hear your skin sigh upon application.
Exercise! Exercise increases circulation which helps to improve the appearance and health of your skin. Escape the heat to an air conditioned classroom or take your workout outside (wearing sunscreen, of course) and work up a sweat to benefit from one of the many advantages of exercising.
Sleep! Those precious evening hours are when your body repairs and restores itself the most. Take advantage!
And don’t forget to load up on antioxidants!
Go on! Grab your sunscreen, water bottle, and friends and make the most of your summer, safely.