It’s finally officially Summer! That time of year when we want to wear minimal makeup and have our skin look amazing bare naked!
Unless you have flawless skin to begin with, we have a few suggestions to help your skin look amazing this summer!
- Keep your skin properly exfoliated so it has a smooth texture. Stay focused on enzyme exfoliation. Do not use acids, such as salicylic and/or glycolic during the summer months, as it makes your skin thinner and more susceptible to sun damage.
- Keep your skin hydrated. People think that they don’t need to moisturize as much in the summer months and that is not true. The heat and especially the sun UV rays will easily dehydrate your skin. Make sure you use a moisturizer, but make it lighter to keep your skin hydrated.
- Sunblock/Sunscreen is of upmost importance! Even if you want to have some color on your face, you still need SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV radiation. Remember, unless you are using straight zinc oxide (like the consistency found in baby diaper rash products like Desitin), an SPF is a screen. UV radiation can still penetrate. If you are sitting in direct sunlight, you will need to re-apply every 2 hours to keep your skin protection. Sweat and the heat of the sun will break down the product and leave you unprotected, so you need to reapply!
- If you have oily / breakout prone skin, don’t use the sun as a way to clear your skin! You may see a temporary improvement from the disinfection from the radiation, but as soon as you take the sun away (in 1 to 2 days) the underlying inflammation created by sun exposure will cause your skin to break out worse! Continue to wear a water based SPF moisturizer that is a lighter lotion.
- Wear Anti-oxidants under your SPF. SPF’s deflect or absorb the UV radiation, but remember they are a Screen! Some UV radiation will be able to penetrate. By having a layer of anti-oxidants under your SPF you will be infusing your skin with a layer of protective anti-oxidants to negate free radical damage created by exposure to the sun. Without a layer of anti-oxidants, some UV rays will penetrate and cause underlying damage to the skin that may not necessarily show up until it’s too late to reverse the damage.
- If you do get a sunburn, do these things immediately: Anti-oxidants will neutralize the free radical damage caused by the sun exposure.
- First: bring down the temperature of the skin. If you allow the skin to stay hot, the burn will continue to damage underlying tissue. By applying cold compresses to the skin- 20 minutes on – 20 minutes off, you will be able to calm the skin and stop the burning.
- Second: apply a soothing/calming topical product that contains moisture. Burns will severely dehydrate the skin and it prohibits healing if there is not enough moisture in the skin. The best is to take a calming/soothing moisturizer and place it in the refrigerator and then apply to the burned skin. Continue to re-apply especially for the first few hours or until the heat of the skin is gone.
- Remember to also protect the skin on your chest or declotte with an SPF as well. If you are wearing low cut shirts/dresses, you want to make sure your declotte skin is just as smooth and beautiful as your facial skin.
- After any sun exposure, it is always a good idea to get a professional facial skin treatment to help heal the effects of the sun on your skin. By helping to heal inflammation, smooth the texture and plump and hydrate your face and declotte, your skin can look beautiful, smooth and radiant!