5 ways to take care of your skin this Summer

Now that the sun is FINALLY making an appearance it feels amazing on my skin! I’ve run outdoors a few days a week and spending as much time as I can soaking up the sunshine. The first few sunny days we had I completely forgot to protect my skin and noticed my nose was a bit red. This reminded me to take precautions in the sun and so I thought I would share some tips on how I care for my skin during the summer months because it’s imperative to be diligent with a summer skin care routine to prevent premature aging, sunburns, (like the one I just got on my nose the other day) breakouts, clogged pores, and skin cancer.

I regret not taking the time to treat my skin (our body’s most prominent organ) with more caution and care when I was in my twenties!  However, it’s never too late to start taking care of my skin.

Below are some tips on how you can take care of your skin this summer too!

Apply a protective sunblock

First and foremost,  wear a protective sunblock. Sunblock should be worn daily, even in the fall and winter months. However, during the summer it’s critical to wear it daily. Not only should we be wearing it every day, we should also be reapplying often, and covering any areas of skin that are exposed to UVA and UVB rays, including ears, the base of the neck and our hands.  Look for a broad spectrum sunblock that protects against UVA/UVB and has SPF value of 15 or higher. I used to believe that my tinted moisturizer with SPF was enough to apply before exposing my skin to the sun, but spending a lot of time in the sun increases the risk of premature aging and skin cancer, which is why SPF in our makeup or daily moisturizer isn’t enough. I’m using a tinted SPF 50 from Skinceuictals by Project Skin and LOVING IT!

Wear a moisturizer protective lip balm

It’s also important to protect our lips during the summer months. I normally don’t apply anything to my lips during the day, unless I’m wearing lip gloss or lipstick. However, in the summer I apply a protective, moisturizer lip balm with SPF to prevent my lips from the harmful effects of the sun, and wrinkling. It’s hard to envision now, but if I don’t protect my lips now, they will look like shriveled up raisins before I know it. Needless to say, wearing a protective lip balm can prevent our skin from this type of damage.

Wear less makeup to prevent pores from becoming clogged

During the summer months, I tend to wear less makeup on my face. It’s important to let our skin breathe. When it’s hot, humid and sticky outside, this can cause our face to sweat. As a result, our pores become clogged with makeup. I apply a very lightweight tinted moisturizer with SPF after, I’ve applied a thick layer of sunblock on my face.

Exfoliate

I’m terrible at remembering to exfoliate my skin. However, in the summertime I make an effort to exfoliate my face a few times a week, to shed dead skin cells. This is also a great way to eliminate clogged pores and get rid of any peeling that may arise from too much sun exposure.

Wear an after-sun cream and apply a mask a few days a week.

At the end of the day, I apply an after-sun moisturizer to my face and body. This is super beneficial in keeping my skin hydrated after a long day in the sun. This also prevents dryness, flaking, and is very soothing if I end up getting a sunburn. I also love applying the photo-corrective SkinCeuticals mask to my skin at night, especially after a long day in the sun.

I also wear a hat and sunglasses to prevent my skin from further sun damage.  I always put extra sunblock on my nose because it tends to get a ton of freckles in the summer and I try to drink a lot of lemon water. This helps me stay hydrated and it’s also great for my skin!

I’ve been using Skincueticals products compliments of Project Skin and I LOVE them! The Tint SPF 50 is my fave, the vitamin B serum is fantastic for hydration and the phyto corrective masque is super cooling. It makes my skin feel ultra moisturized! (This is not a sponsored post, I just love the products).

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What are your go-to Summer facial products? Does anyone else have a sunburn on their nose like me? Lol!

 

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