With the warm summer sun just around the corner, it’s time to prepare by digging out your shorts, sundresses…and sunscreen! Get your skin ready to face the sun’s rays with our top 10 skincare must-do’s to help you start your summer feeling radiant and refreshed.
Step 1: Prepping Your Skin
Before summer even begins, take some time to prepare your skin for the months of sun exposure ahead by:
Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris that causes your skin to be congested. By gently exfoliating, you will be improving the skin’s hydration and one step closer to clearer, smoother skin. Always exfoliate prior to applying any toner, moisturizer and SPF.
Pro Tip: Your face isn’t the only thing to exfoliate – don’t forget the rest of your body followed by a hydrating body cream to help seal in moisture.
The sun can take a lot out of your skin, so stepping up your hydration game will help to boost the layers of skin underneath a moisturizer. Take your skin’s hydration a step further with intensive masques a couple of times a week to refresh and revitalize your skin.
Simply drinking water is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your skin (and entire body!) hydrated. Drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day will help your skin maintain critical moisture balance of the body and skin. Always remember to bring plenty of H2O wherever you go, especially when you’re out in the sun because dehydration can lead to headaches and dizzy spells too.
Make applying sunscreen in the morning part of your daily routine, and don’t forget to re-apply every two hours in order to keep your skin completely protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays. A tan summer glow is great, but wrinkles are forever and the best way to protect your skin from sun damage is to keep it protected and out of the sun.
Leading into the Summer – What to Change About Your Routine
Be proactive about preventing sun damage, breakouts, uneven skin, redness and the dreaded sunburn by:
- Prevent Breakouts by switching to an oil-free sunscreen that still contains a high SPF for your entire body.
- Simplify Your Beauty Routine by using a fast absorbing body moisturizer with a built-in SPF.
- Up The Sunscreen Ante on days where you’re going to be in full sun for the entire day by using a heavy-duty sunscreen that’s both water and sweat resistant.
During the Summer – Treat Your Skin with Respect
Your wardrobe should not be the only thing that changes in the summer. Your skincare routine should change as well. If your skin is excessively oily, acne-prone or extra sun-sensitive making a few changes to your skincare regimen can help you maintain a great complexion year round.
- Use a toner to hydrate and soothe trouble spots like your t-zone
- Look for a daily moisturizer that contains an SPF
- Trade out your heavy night cream for a lightweight serum
- Use a CC cream instead of a heavy foundation
- If you’re experiencing sun-sensitivity, skip the exfoliating
Need A Boost?
If you find yourself looking in the mirror at dulling, dead skin, an in-office treatment can be the perfect way to help even out any discoloration, draw out excess oils and give you the confidence to spend your summer foundation free with smaller pores. Laser Aesthetic Center loves to keep our patients looking and feeling their absolute best all summer long. Schedule a consultation today to start your summer with a glow.