Summer Skin Care Tips

Summer is here which means it's time to show some skin! Although you may love to bask in the sun, this may be very harmful.  As you prepare, get ready to face the sun's rays with these helpful summer skin care tips:

Exfoliate for clearer, smoother skin: Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers. After you exfoliate, follow with a hydrating body cream to seal in moisture, and always shield freshly exfoliated skin with an SPF.

Keep your skin hydrated: Up your regimen’s level of hydration with intensive masques, one to two times a week. Toners are a refreshing moisturizer prep, working to even out skin.  Masques, one to two times a week. Toners are a refreshing moisturizer prep, working to even out your skin.

Make water your BFF: Higher temperatures and more time outdoors leads to internal dehydration, which can result in headaches and dizzy spells!  Eight 8-ounce glasses of plain, filtered water every day, helps maintain critical moisture balance of the body and skin. Note: If you drink caffeinated beverages, you must triple the amount of water you drink!

When in doubt, apply (and reapply) sunscreen:  It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen: you must apply enough, and apply frequently.  A teaspoon for the face. For your body, about as much as would fill a shot glass. Re-apply every two hours. Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can.

Soothe over-exposed skin: So you forgot the sunscreen, didn’t apply enough, or got caught in a sunny spell? Super-soothing botanicals and cooling gels can help prevent peeling and reduce redness and inflammation.  Apply these cooling balms generously to over-exposed skin to help with any discomfort.