5 Tips on How to Protect Your Skin this Summer

Do you ever feel as if your skin changes entirely during the summer? Between the sun exposure, humidity, and sweat there can be a lot of factors that make your skin go berserk. We are here with 5 easy tips on how to protect your skin and keep it dewy and glowing (not sweating) all summer long!

Use a moisturizer or makeup with SPF

One of the easiest ways to protect your skin from the sun on a daily basis is to incorporate a moisturizer or makeup that includes SPF. Fun fact: SPF stands for sun protection factor. The trick here is picking effective products and using them regularly. Dermatologists weigh in that you don’t need to wear a makeup and a moisturizer with SPF, but whichever you choose should have no less than SPF 30 to give your skin the protection it needs.

(Source: http://www.allure.com/story/spf-and-beauty-product-myths)

Don’t forget about your lips and scalp!

The skin on your lips is thinner and more sensitive than the surrounding skin on your face so you can’t forget to protect them too! The best way to do this is to keep a SPF infused lip balm with you to apply every few hours. If your lips get dry and cracked in the summer, use a natural lip scrub such as brown sugar with a little honey to exfoliate, followed by a moisturizer to lock in the luscious.

A second commonly forgotten area of skin is the scalp. At the part line or areas with thinner hair, the skin beneath can be more exposed and less protected than the rest of your body. The most effective way to protect the scalp is to throw on a hat. If hat hair just won’t fly for you, there are specially made spray sunscreens that you can use that don’t include ingredients like zinc which make sunscreen white.

Drink water

You have likely heard that drinking a lot of water is good for the skin. This is true and the reason is that the skin is made up of cells and those cells are made up of water. So while you sweat during the hot summer, it is crucial to replace that lost water by drinking enough to stay hydrated. Dehydrated skin can be tight, dry, and flaky making it especially susceptible to clogged pores.

Clean your makeup brushes, sheets, and phone more often

We all know that it is crucial to wash our face at the end of the day to remove the built up sweat, dirt and bacteria from our skin, but there are a lot of items we use frequently that we do not clean enough.

Your makeup brushes, sheets (especially the pillowcase), and your cell phone are probably three of the most common items that touch your face daily. Yet, most of us don’t wash or sanitize them nearly enough.

Dermatologists recommend washing makeup brushes at least once a month with warm water and gentle soap.

Sheet washing has some variation in recommended wash frequency, but in the summer months, when you may sweat more and may wear less clothing to bed, you should wash your sheets at least every one to two weeks. A pillow case should be changed more frequently, at least once a week. Your face and hair are constantly in contact with it, leaving skin cells, dirt, and oil as you sleep and subsequently causing blackheads on the skin if not washed enough.

The last item, your cell phone, is a major source of unnecessary oil and bacteria that can come into contact with your face. Your phone accumulates a lot of bacteria from constantly being in your hand so when your phone is pressed directly to your skin the bacteria and sweat that accumulates as you chat can seep into your pores. The best way to cut down on acne from your phone is to wipe it down once a day with a microfiber cloth and use a small amount of bacteria killing spray on a wipe once a week.

Cover up while in the sun

This one seems obvious, but the easiest way to protect your skin is to cover it! Whether that is with your clothing, hat, sunglasses, or seeking shade whenever you can. In the sweltering summer it can be hard to cover up. A light breezy shawl over a tank top can go a long way in helping decrease sun exposure and a hat can be just as much of a fashion statement as it can be a sun protector.

This summer, be proactive and smart about your skin care and sun exposure. Remembering to use products that include SPF, covering exposed areas, and keeping your skin clean could be the difference between a summer of burnt and dry or clear and glowing skin!

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