The lazy days of summer don’t mean you should be lazy with your skin care regimen. In fact, you should be even more diligent.
In the summer because your skin doesn’t feel as dry, it is tempting to ease up on moisturizing. It is also tempting to indulge in lying in the sun to get the sun-kissed healthy glow of a tan. But neglected your skin during the summer is not a good idea.
Here are six tips for keeping your skin healthy this summer:
- Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen
This recommended tip cannot be emphasized enough.
The sun’s burning rays are remarkably powerful, so you must be vigilant to apply sunscreen on both your face and any other exposed skin everyday. When choosing a face moisturizer, be sure to use one that has an SPF of 30.
Be aware that many sunscreens with SPF from 50 to 100, effectively block just 1-2% more sunburn rays than SPF 30 products. Regardless of which SPF you choose, you should apply 30 minutes before you go outside and reapply often (ideally every 90 – 120 minutes). It’s also beneficial to wear a broad-rimmed hat if you are spending a large amount of time in the sun, for example, at the pool, lake or beach.
- Avoid tanning beds
We now know tanning beds are linked to cancer and are no safer than the actual sun, so think carefully about the risks you expose yourself to when you go to a tanning salon. If you really want some summer skin color, choose a safer option like self-tanning lotions or a spray tan.
When you exfoliate you remove dead skin cells, thus allowing more radiant, healthier skin to shine through. Exfoliating also allows skin cells to regenerate more quickly, which keeps aging at bay. Some exfoliators are gentle enough for everyday use and others are recommended as a 1-2 times per week use. Whenever possible choose an exfoliator with natural ingredients.
- Moisturize your skin
After you exfoliate, the next step is to follow up with a hydrating facial moisturizer (including SPF 30) and body lotion or cream to seal in moisture. If you live in a dry climate, you may want to re-apply lotion throughout the day as needed.
- Treat sun damage
Exposure to UV light can cause damage to your skin. Skin that is sunburned has obviously been damaged. Be aware that just one blistering sunburn doubles your risk of melanoma.
If you have a sunburn, there are botanicals and cooling gels, like aloe vera, that can help to soothe, prevent peeling and reduce painful redness and inflammation.
- Stay hydrated
Last but not least, it is extremely important to stay hydrated in the summer. Higher temperatures and more time outdoors leads to internal dehydration, which can result in headaches and dizzy spells. You should drink at least 64 oz. glasses of water every day to maintain critical moisture balance of not just your skin, but your entire body. Tip: If you drink caffeinated beverages, you must increase the amount of water you drink to compensate for the caffeine.
7. Supplement with Hydrolyzed Collagen
Adding Ideal Collagen to your diet can offer support for your skin in a way nothing else can offer. Ideal Collagen provides the collagen the skin needs to keep it feeling healthier.
With Ideal Collagen, you’re not only getting the hydrolyzed collagen, it’s also made with enzymes to protect the skin and increase the benefits of the hydrolyzed collagen. And it also helps keep the skin moist with hyaluronic acid.
Being diligent in taking care of your skin will not only keep your skin healthy, but also help keep your skin looking younger longer.