Summer is finally here and as the seasons change so should your skin care. Below are skin care rules to follow for your best complexion all summer long.
Revive Your Skin
Winter’s cold, dry air and indoor heating really take a toll on the skin. Revive dry, tired, dull-looking skin with nutrient-rich serums and moisturizers. Look for products that contain Vitamins A, B, C, and E. Vitamin A will repair skin tissue and prevent further dryness. Vitamin B will improve surface blood circulation bringing fresh oxygen and nutrients to the skin, making the skin look alive and fresh. Vitamin C is essential for healing and fights free radicals that damage the skin; Vitamin E will have a soothing effect on the skin, repairing winter damage. Vitamin E is also a powerful antioxidant preventing premature aging.
Care for Your Skin Type
Skin tends to become more oily as the temperature rises, this means normal to dry skin types will likely develop into normal to oily during the summer. Choose a moisturizer with a lighter texture during the summer months; the moisturizer should still contain important ingredients that will moisturize the skin effectively. These ingredients include vitamins, humectants and botanicals. As for cleansing, more oil can lead to more clogged pores and break outs, be sure cleanse the skin properly. At bedtime, remove all make up and lightly cleanse in the morning and after any sport or exercise. A cleanser that is effective and not drying is important? try a facial cleanser with natural ingredients like Rosemary or Chamomile for maximum results.
It is important to exfoliate regularly to avoid clogged pores and keep your complexion looking even. However, intensive peels, dermabrasions and abrasive beauty treatments need be avoided during the summer months. These treatments make skin more susceptible to sun damage, pigmentation and scaring. Avoid invasive treatments and choose an at-home exfoliant to add to your beauty routine a few times a week to keep your skin at its best. Look for a facial scrub with papaya or jojoba beads.
Sun screen should be worn year round, and it is even more important to apply sunscreen diligently during the summer months. The summer sun is more intense and damaging to the skin thus sun protection is necessary to avoid damage to the skin. Look for a sunscreen that is dual-spectrum, meaning it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Zinc and/or Zinc Oxide are powerful sun protectors that naturally reflect the sun’s harmful rays, unlike chemical sunscreens that absorb UV rays to prevent them from damaging the epidermal layer. Always look for skincare products that contain natural zinc. Vivoderm Natural Skincare makes a great zinc facial repairing cream that serves this requirement.
UVA rays are the rays that cause wrinkles and skin aging, while UVB rays produce tans and burns. Applying sunscreen to not only the face but body is important. Sunscreen should be applied daily and even multiple times during the day depending on your summer activities. Sun protections no lower than SPF 30 should be applied to the face and body.
Shield Your Eyes
The skin around the eyes is the most delicate and tender and should always have extra protection. Sunglasses that block sunrays are a great investment in the protection of your eyes. Squinting as a result of sun glare can cause crows feet or fine lines while the intense summer rays can cause pigmentation to the delicate skin.
Skin protects your body from the environment, keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The above are simple steps to protect your skin from the harsh summer environment and the damage the skin can obtain while basking in the sun. Following these simple rules will keep your skin healthy and looking great all summer long.