Summer is finally here and you are all gearing up for some outdoorsy fun. As you prepare to be the sun goddess/ sun god, here are five skin care commandments that you must follow:
Quit baking: No, we are not taking about the delish cookies or cakes! Summer can be tempting for getting that yummy tan. But you must keep in mind that too much sun will do you more harm than any good. Sun exposure can not only damage collagen and give you sun spots (call them age spots if you will), but also escalate premature aging and increase the risk of skin cancer. If you must sun bathe, then try to do so in the earlier part of the day when the sun’s rays are not too strong and most positively avoid the 10.00AM to 4.00 PM slot.
Drink, drink, drink: And we mean water! It can be tempting to reach out for a cold beer or some aerated beverage on a hot summer day. Make that a habit and you’ll be looking at lifeless and dull skin because of the excess sugar present in these beverages. To keep your skin looking youthful and healthy drink at least 8 glasses of water and include fresh fruit and vegetable juices to your diet. Stick to red wine instead of white since red wine contains Resveratol, a naturally occurring phenol found in the skin of red grapes. Resveratol is anti inflammatory and is loaded with anti oxidants. It also helps in decreasing redness caused by sun burns. Say Cheers!
Change your moisturizer: You might be in love with your moisturizer but chances are that it’s not going to do its job right during summer. A regular moisturizer can be too oily for summer so invest in water or gel based moisturizers that give your skin the hydration it needs without that patchy, shiny, oily look.
Use a face mist: Your skin will need more hydration if you are going to be outdoors for a long time. Give your skin the moisture kick it needs by keeping a face mist handy. Face mists such as green tea mists or rose water mists are loaded with anti oxidants to give your skin the fresh faced glow along with cooling it down and strengthening it.
Lippy love: Don’t forget to love you pout this summer. The sun’s rays are especially drying on the lips delicate tissue. Use a rich textured lip balm that contains SPF 15 and make sure that you reapply it frequently when outdoors.
Now for your bonus tip! Make sure that your diet is healthy, you are well slept and get plenty of exercise to stay skin happy. And whatever you do, do not step out of your house without applying a broad spectrum, high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin and be skin savvy!
Sport gorgeous skin this summer!