How to Create a Summer Skincare Routine
Sponsored by Derma E
Summer is here! Inevitably we tend to spend a bit more time in the sun in the summertime and our skin can suffer as a result. Overexposure to the sun can lead to sunburn, dehydration, redness, flaky skin and more. Luckily, there are multiple ways to protect your skin while also enjoying your time in the sun. Keep reading for key tips to keep you and your skin safe this summer!
Naturally and Effectively Protect Your Skin from the Sun
Using balms and lotions that have natural sun protectants like Shea Butter, as well Non-Nano Mineral Zinc Oxide, and clean SPFs that are reef-safe will help keep your skin protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. In addition to having a good SPF, using facial products that protect your skin is also key to perfecting your skin during the summer.
If you’re worried about the oily greasy feel of sunscreen on your skin that you probably experienced as a child, or the dreaded “white cast” that plagues everyone when applying some sunscreens, you don’t have to worry. There are some amazing sunscreens on the market today, even natural and reef safe ones, that are almost undetectable after application. They leave your skin feeling smooth and silky, not like you got dipped in a jar of petroleum jelly and rolled around in the sand!
The feel of a sunscreen is very personal, but be sure all of these make the list:
- Reef Safe certification
- UVA AND UVB Protection
- SPF 30-50 (research has shown that SPF higher than this provides little to no added benefit)
- Water resistance
Treat and Prevent Long-Term Skin Damage
Unfortunately, the sun can exacerbate existing scars, acne scarring, discoloration and sun damage. By using a sun protectant that works for scars, you can help prevent further damage. Scars creams with SPF, Allantoin and Panthenol help not only to fade scars but also shield the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Sun damage can also highlight wrinkles especially around the eyes. Anti-Wrinkle Eye Creams and treatments with Vitamin A and E work great to reduce visible signs of wrinkles all year!
Don’t worry though, all this is much simpler than it seems, and you don’t need to buy dozens of products to get the results you want. Many skin and eye creams contain all of the ingredients you need, including sunscreen, meaning you can go on with your normal daily routine and go about your day confident that your skin is protected from the aging, darkening and cancer causing issues of sun exposure. Look for the following in your daily skin care products.
- SPF 15 or above
- Conditioning ingredients like vitamin A and vitamin E
- Moisturizing and soothing ingredients like Allantoin and Panthenol
Exfoliate Dead Skin To Improve the Results of Skincare Treatments
Dead surface skin cells can block the natural oils our bodies produce, which can cause breakouts and skin ailments. Dead skin can also prevent moisturizers from getting through to the skin, leaving skin dry and flaky. It’s essential to exfoliate the skin to remove dead surface skin cells, for more healthy-looking skin. Exfoliants with dead sea salts are highly effective at exfoliating dead skin and can help smooth away the look of wrinkles and help to fade away dark spots and acne scars. Another effective method for removing skin is using a dry brush over the body before showering. Dry brushes can help loosen dead skin and increase circulation. You can learn more about natural skin exfoliants here.
Be sure not to over exfoliate though. Your skin needs to be treated gently and especially after sun exposure which may make skin more sensitive. Some dermatologists believe that over aggressive exfoliation can cause micro tears in the skin that only exacerbates issues. If your skin looks red and irritated after you exfoliate then you may need to soften your approach. Dead skin will come off easily when you exfoliate gently.
Stay Hydrated and Hydrate Your Skin
Adding more water to your daily routine is very important in the summertime. We tend to lose a lot of water from sweating during outdoor activities which can cause our bodies and skin to become dehydrated. In addition to needing to physically drink water, skin can also become dehydrated in the hot summer sun. To incorporate more hydration to your skincare, add clean products that are formulated with hydrating vegan Hyaluronic Acid to draw healthy hydration to the skin. Also, avoid products that have sulfates and parabens which can dry out skin.