Prepping Your Skin for Summer
Summer is finally here! You made it through the snow, the rain, and the cold. With the heat coming, you need to be ready to take good care of your skin. The sunshine is wonderful but definitely brings its own array of skin problems from UV rays, humidity, and extra oil and sweat, which can increase oil and clog pores.
Washing your face and using good products to protect it is talked about often. Is it important? Absolutely. However, skin care goes much further than just your face. Caring for the skin all over your body is not only mandatory but can boost your confidence in showing a little more skin this summer. Here are some of our best tips to help get that summer glow you want.
Cleaning your skin is especially important in the warmer months. Take care to clean your face twice a day and keep the rest of your skin clean as well. In the summer, the heat can lead to the production of excess sweat and oils that can build up on your face and body.
Each night, make the effort to go to bed with a clean, moisturized face. Taking the time to clean your face each night will help reduce fine lines and keep your skin looking fresh. When you wake up in the morning, wash your face again to remove the oils that may have built up in the night.
With the added oils on your skin during the summer, a good exfoliating scrub is a must. Exfoliating your skin will help remove dead, dry skin and help moisture stay within your skin when you do moisturize. Make-up actually stays in place much better on a clean, exfoliated face too so that's an extra bonus. Exfoliating both your face and body will give your skin a healthy, moisturized glow perfect for shorts and swimsuit weather.
Summertime means preparing your legs for shorts and swimsuits, which means you've got to tackle that hair that's been hiding all winter. Razors alone can cause irritation to the skin and even rash. Using a shave cream is helpful to leave your legs feeling smooth and moisturized.
Hydrate and Nourish
Drinking enough water during the summer will not only help you stay hydrated on the inside, but it really helps with your skin health as well. Try and drink twice your body weight in ounces of pure, plain water each day to keep your skin looking and feeling great. If you have a hard time getting enough water in, try infusing it with your favorite fruit or other natural flavors like cucumber or mint.
Nutrition is also important. Your skin is your body's largest organ which means that what you put inside your body to fuel it has a big impact on the health of your skin. Make sure to eat plenty of juicy fruits and vegetables. Blueberries, strawberries, kale, spinach, and a variety of peppers are some of the most beneficial foods for nourishing your skin. Take care of your body and use the best available nutrients to fuel it.
Along with drinking enough water, your skin is going to need some help staying moisturized. Make sure to use a good moisturizer to give your skin the hydration it needs and also to rehydrate your skin after it's been in the heat and sun. Moisturizer can also help to firm the skin and give it a more toned look. Along with the rest of your body, make sure that each time you wash your face, apply a moisturizer to help keep your skin healthy and prevent aging.
Find a sunscreen that will be your new best friend for the hot months to come. You'll want one for your face that is applied daily under your makeup and another for your body for when you're out in the summer sun. Sunscreen protects you from UV damage that leads to cancer, but it is also so important for the anti-aging benefits it provides. Keeping your skin protected from the sun will reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots.
Wearing a hat to shade your face, sunglasses, and trying to stay out of the direct sunlight are some other things to think about when going out in the sun. Finding a shady place to enjoy the warmth is always a good option to block those UV rays from making contact with your skin as well.
Every now and then, we all have occasions where we forget the sunscreen, we don't apply enough, or we miss spots. The damage may be done, but you don't have to suffer. Aftersun creams are a great way to take care of your sunburned skin. These can moisturize and rejuvenate the skin after UV exposure. Apply them generously before bed and throughout the day to help soothe and heal the skin.
Anytime your skin has direct exposure to the sun, there are some negative effects. Even though having a suntan always seems to be in fashion, the dark spots and wrinkles that are a result of sun exposure are not. Use products from LaLa Daisy that can help repair your skin, like a mask and creams to undo the damage that may have been previously done.