The summer is upon us! Unfortunately, sunny days can take a toll on your skin, leaving it dry, dull, and in need of some extra care. Here are six tips to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy without missing out on all the summer fun:
1. Clothing Matters
Shielding your skin from the sun will help prevent the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, and other UV-related damage. Wear a hat to protect your face, and light, breathable fabrics that allow your skin to breathe and keep you cool.
2. Eating Well
A healthy, balanced diet can do wonders for your skin. To nourish skin and repair damage during the hotter months, eat foods rich in antioxidants – this means more fruits and veggies, such as melons, blueberries, and leafy greens!
3. Drink Up
Hotter temperatures and more outdoor activity can quickly deplete your body’s hydration. Drinking enough water benefits your body’s overall health, which in turn leads to healthy skin. The summer is also the perfect time to get into the habit of juicing. The extra fruits and veggies will give your skin the cooling hydration it needs to maintain a radiant complexion.
Dead, dry skin cells build up on the surface of your skin, especially when the temperatures are high and moisture in the air is lacking. By exfoliating once or twice weekly, you are getting rid of dull, dry looking skin and letting your smooth, glowing, healthy skin shine.
Keeping your skin moisturized is crucial during summer. Not only does moisture improve the appearance of your skin, it protects it from free radicals and repairs past sun damage.
6. Protect Your Skin
Lather up exposed skin with sun screen or oils containing SPF (even on cloudy days)! UV radiation leads to extremely damaging effects on your skin, from premature aging to skin cancer. Apply 30 minutes before sun exposure, and at 90 minute intervals throughout the day.