Summer Skincare Essentials
The sun is shining and temperatures are on the rise! While it may be time to break out the swimsuits, it’s also time to slather on sunblock. With increased sun exposure, the need for good skincare practices skyrockets in the summertime.
No time to waste! The sooner we implement a solid skincare routine, the better. Let’s break down the essentials for healthy, glowing summer skin.
Before skincare for cosmetic or aesthetic reasons, skincare for skin health is our very first priority. Prevention is easier than treatment after all, and skin is the body’s largest organ – which means it’s crucial to keep it well cared for!
SPF (Sun Protection Factor)
Sunblock is an all-ages skincare product. While it should be applied year-round, it’s especially vital during seasons with maximum sun exposure. That’s why, in addition to sunblock, we recommend throwing on a baseball cap or floppy sun hat whenever you’re out in the sun, as well as seeking solace in the shade if/when possible.
Unprotected skin is at increased risk for:
- Skin cancer
- Dark spots
- Premature aging of the skin
Clearly, one of these risks has more drastic health repercussions than the others. Daily sunscreen usage can help cut the risk of skin cancer in half.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Whether you stick with SPF 30 or spring for SPF 100, it’s still necessary to apply sunscreen at least a half an hour before going outside and continue to reapply every two hours (or right after sweating or swimming).
Tip: Don’t forget to pick a lip balm with SPF!
A great face wash is also needed no matter the time of year, but it’s especially important to get one that is able to remove the makeup, pollution, sunscreen, and dirt that accumulates on your skin throughout the day. Leaving debris on the skin can result in clogged pores and blemishes.
Going straight to bed can be tempting after a long day outside, but it’s worth taking a few extra minutes to give your skin the proper cleanse it deserves. Future you won’t regret it!
Step up your skincare routine with serums. Vitamin C is an excellent add-on for protection. Paired with sunscreen, it works to boost protection against the sun and aging factors.
Vitamin C’s effects on skin include:
- Providing antioxidant defense: Free radicals expedite the premature aging of skin. Vitamin C, an antioxidant, can support defense against the damaging free radicals produced by UV ray exposure.
- Promoting collagen production: Collagen is needed to thicken the dermal layer, discourage wrinkles/fine lines, and support hydrated, firm skin. For these reasons, amping up the body’s production aids in maintaining a youthful appearance.
- Encouraging an even complexion: Vitamin C helps inhibit melanin production, which can help reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation to encourage a radiant appearance and even skin tone.
- Supporting skin repair: Aiding cell turnover and regeneration, vitamin C helps heal skin that has been damaged by the sun or collagen loss.
Apply vitamin C after cleansing the skin with either a cleanser or toner and before applying moisturizer and sunscreen!
Although we hope this isn’t needed, sunburns do happen (much to everyone’s chagrin). To relieve the discomfort, apply some soothing aloe vera gel to the affected area(s). Be sure to get a pure aloe vera gel for full effect, and keep it chilled.
If the burn is severe and seems like sun poisoning, seek assistance from a medical professional.
All About the Glow
Now that our line of skin health defense is established, we can move on to products that’ll help promote a stunning glow!
Let’s start off with our favorite, free skincare product: Water! We will wax poetic about the benefits of hydration all day long. However, we’ll quickly review why water is key to happy, glowing skin.
Water is needed to:
- Support skin elasticity
- Keep skin hydrated and smooth
- Flush out toxins
- Maintain the pH of skin
- Reduce puffiness
We firmly believe that prioritizing internal health and providing our bodies with essential nutrients results in positive internal and external results!
Speaking of external, a solid moisturizer remains an essential, as well. Even those prone to oily skin require sufficient moisture. It might not make sense at first, but depriving the skin of moisture actually results in increased oil production as the skin attempts to compensate.
Our skin is constantly shedding dead cells, and an exfoliant can encourage that process. But please put down the St. Ives Apricot Scrub. Do not press go on such aggressive physical exfoliants that do more harm than good to the skin.
Rather, consider a gentler physical exfoliant or even a chemical one. Regular exfoliation helps get rid of dead skin cells and encourage an even skin tone, helping you achieve that bright, youthful glow.
While we wouldn’t consider this a skincare product as much as a cosmetic one, we definitely recommend finding a self-tanner that works for you—as opposed to exposing your skin to harsh UV rays for extended periods of time to achieve that coveted tan.
New to self-tanning? Exfoliate beforehand to prevent any streakiness. This Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Body Butter is our current favorite! Feel free to find your own, but, as with any skincare product, pay close attention to the ingredients.
Stick to It
Skincare is all about long-term commitment and consistency. We need to be intentional about our routines now to promote optimal skin health later. This means:
- Reapplying sunblock every 2 hours – even when indoors!
- Continuing regular skincare use for a minimum of 4-8 weeks (depending on product) before deciding whether a product is a good fit for you.
- Eating a balanced diet to provide skin with necessary nutrients.
- Cleansing your skin thoroughly after exercise, to remove cosmetics, and before bed.
- Staying moisturized from head to toe!
With some product ideas to help you create a routine and essential skincare tips to keep in your pocket, you’re more than ready to tackle this sunshine-soaked season. If you’re looking for more detailed information, especially about products for specific skin types, consider having a discussion about your skin with your dermatologist or taking advantage of free online resources. Just remember to take generalized recommendations with a grain of salt, because your skin and its care needs are unique to you!
Stay safe, hydrated, and glowing this summer!