It’s no secret that taking care of your skin is essential. But, not everyone knows that our skin needs to change with the seasons. You may have noticed apparent things like your skin becoming drier during the colder months, and you need richer creams on your hands and face. But what about during the summer? While some UV exposure can benefit skin issues like acne, we can’t throw out our routines entirely during the spring and summer months. If you’re looking for ways to keep your skin looking radiant all summer long, keep reading for some easy tips to keep skin in tip-top shape.
Exfoliation is Everything
As winter ends and we step into spring, it’s an excellent idea to do a deep body and facial exfoliation. In doing this, you’re sloughing off all the excess dead skin and sebum that accumulated all season long. When we’re likely much more active during the summer, be it from gardening, taking more walks, playing at the beach, or just outdoors more in general, we are sweating. We are getting dirty. So, it’s essential to exfoliate your skin weekly or twice a week. Make sure that when you’re exfoliating your face, you’re using a product specifically formulated for your delicate facial skin as your body exfoliator is likely too harsh for your face.
Just as important as keeping dead skin exfoliated and gone, hydrating your body is one of the most beneficial things you can do not only for your skin but for your entire body. Beyond drinking your eight cups of recommended water a day, there are other ways to keep yourself hydrated. Did you know even coffee benefits your skin? You can also intake important hydration, not to mention essential vitamins, by consuming the season’s fruits. Watermelon, berries, and the like are all excellent hydration and provide critical antioxidants to keep you looking and feeling your best.
When it comes to keeping your skin healthy, it’s important to remember that what we put onto our skin matters greatly. You want to choose products made up of the cleanest possible ingredients. From an ethical point of view, it’s best to use vegan and cruelty-free products to their manufacturing and testing processes. Not only can you trust what you’re putting on, but you can also feel confident in purchasing a product that cares about the environment and animals. Heavy foundations tend to be uncomfortable with the warmer weather and are more likely to clog pores as you’re sweating and more active. It’s best to go with a tinted moisturizer, and if you still have areas of concern, a light concealer on top should do the job. Most tinted moisturizers also contain ingredients to help heal the skin as well, so it’s a win-win.
The food we consume daily plays a much bigger function than just satisfying hunger. They say you are what you eat, so wouldn’t you rather be healthy, nutritious, and unprocessed? In the summer, especially when you need the energy to look and feel your best, it’s essential to avoid over-processed junk food and opt for healthier options at every turn. You will not only be nourishing your body, but you’ll also feel the immediate health benefits of a healthier lifestyle. Bonus, summertime does us the favor of healthy fruit and produce is in abundance, so it’s easy to skip the junk when you see nature’s beauty for sale all around you. Make it a weekly habit of shopping at your local farmers market for the freshest produce around – not only do you get to meet the maker of your food literally, but you’re also supporting your local economy, which feels great and is so important.
The Sleep Factor
Sleep is another way to glow up quickly, not only during summer but year-round as well. They don’t call it “beauty rest” for no reason! Make it a priority to get at least eight hours of sleep a night, and hey, indulge in a nap now and then; it’s summertime! Sleep can get put on the back burner when life gets hectic, but it’s paramount that you don’t let this happen to you. Not only does sleep make your skin healthy, but it also impacts the overall health of your entire body – mentally, physically, and emotionally.
So there you have it, they sound simple, don’t they? When everything is in bloom, it’s an apparent time of renewal and rebirth, so renew your habits and put your best foot forward to start feeling and looking your best.