In the summer, you spend more time outside in the sun and in the water — and your skin has different needs as a result. This blog will show you the top seven ways to keep your skin as refreshed and youthful as ever, season after season and year after year:
1. COVER UP
- Clothing: Wear long, loose clothing in lightweight, light-colored natural fabrics. Allow your skin to breathe while being covered up and repelling those rays.
- Hats: Toss on a lightweight hat with a wide brim to shield your face from the sun.
- Sunglasses: Eye shades are a must when outside. Not only do sunglasses protect your eyes, they also keep you from squinting — which helps keep those tiny wrinkles at bay.
2. USE SUNSCREEN
- Apply early: So it can properly soak into your skin, apply sunscreen at least 15-30 minutes before heading outside. And remember, even cloudy days require sunscreen.
- SPF content: When heading outside during the summer months when sun is stronger, use a higher SPF content sunscreen such as UVA/UVB-blocking SPF 30, preferably with zinc oxide.
- Swimming: If you’ll be taking a dip in the water, reapply sunscreen every hour or so, even if the sunscreen states it is waterproof.
3. EASE SUNBURN
- Aloe vera: Got redness from your time in the sun? Rub on some aloe to diminish effects of sunburn.
- Water: Cool down those capillaries on your face with a washcloth soaked in ice water and reduce redness.
- Milk: Apply a washcloth soaked in milk and ice to your face to reduce inflammation — and curb any damage.
- OTC help: Aspirin or ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation and hydrocortisone cream can help with pain (be sure to consult your doctor before using any medications).
- Olive oil: If you’ve got really dry skin, slather on a little olive oil. It’s a great alternative to oil-based moisturizers.
- Rose water: Put some rose petals into boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain the petals, chill the water and then add some vitamin E capsules, a spoonful of olive oil and a tablespoon of honey to a tablespoon of the rose water. Dab on with cotton balls.
- Cucumber: After you use cucumbers to reduce puffy eyes, juice up the rest of the cucumber and dab it on your face to moisturize. Plus, the cucumber helps cool the skin.
- Oats: Make your own oatmeal scrub (with milk and honey) to slough away dry skin.
- Yogurt: Add a few tablespoons of gram flour to some yogurt and you’ve got an easy homemade scrub. Add a pinch of turmeric and a few drops of rose water (see above) for more benefits!
- Cleanse: Be sure to cleanse your face in the morning and at night and in between if you’ve been applying lots of sunscreen. Even in summer, our basic Tips for Glowing Winter Skin still apply.
- Water: Drink more water than usual to stay hydrated because your skin needs to replenish itself and keep cool, too (And don’t forget to read about 7 Ways Drinking Water Helps You Look and Feel Younger!).
- Facial mists: Spritz some water, rose water or store-bought facial mist to help your skin absorb some water and stay refreshed, especially when you’re losing nutrients when you’re sweating.
- Yogurt: Grab a cucumber and blend it up with some yogurt for a face mask that replenishes your skin. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with cool water.
7. GET GLOWING SKIN
- Tomato: Surprisingly, tomatoes can help to lighten uneven tan areas and dark spots to help even out your skin tone — without drying it out. It’s even good for sensitive skin!
- Buttermilk: Dab a cotton ball in some buttermilk and apply all over your face, then allow it to dry before washing off with cool water. You’ll notice a smoother look for your skin tone. Or, take a buttermilk bath for all-over glow.
- Lemon: If you don’t have sensitive skin, lemon (mixed with a little yogurt, gram flour and honey for a face mask) can help get rid of uneven tanning in the summer months.
- Papaya: For a great homemade facial mask, mash together half a papaya, a bit of honey and an egg white and put on your face for 15 minutes for glowing skin.
- RED & ORANGE FOODS: You don’t have to always wear what you eat; Sometimes you can just eat it! Red and orange foods contain lycopene and beta carotene — which help repair sun damage and add protection to your skin from the inside out.
Even with all you do to take care of your skin, you may not look as youthful as you’d like. Lifestyle Lift can help! Check out our 5 Reasons to Consider Lifestyle Lift and call us at (877) 343-1524 for a FREE consultation to see how we can turn back the hands of time.
NOTE: If you are suffering from acne or have any allergies to any of these items, DO NOT use without consulting with your doctor. As always, not every scenario is right for every person, so use your own common sense before trying any at-home remedy — and call your doctor if you have any concerns.