What’s not to love about summer? The days get longer, the sun gets brighter and the clothes get lighter. Regardless if you’re a beach bunny or prefer colder weather, we must adapt as seasons change. Summer calls for some adjustments to your daily beauty routine. Here’s a list to get you started.
1. Drink Water: We all know that water does a body good year-round. However, as summer temperature rises it’s important to stay hydrated. Drinking water maintains your body temperature, keeping you cool even in the most extreme conditions. Drinking water also helps keep your skin fresh and youthful. Make sure to drink plenty of water, especially if you spend your summers soaking up that beautiful sun.
2.SPF: SPF should be used all year long but it’s especially important to apply sunscreen regularly during summer. SPF protects you from ultraviolet rays – UVA and UVB – which damage your skin. UVB is responsible for sunburn. UVA, on the other hand, has more long-term damaging effects, like wrinkling and premature aging. It’s important to find sunscreen with SPF that protects against both UVA & UVB rays. Remember that SPF is no longer just for the face and body. You can now find lip balms with SPF and even hair products with SPF that protect your hair color from fading or your scalp from burning (yes, that happens).
3. Light Makeup: Let’s face it, as much as we want to think we glisten, we don’t –we sweat! It’s ok, ladies. Sweating is a body’s natural reaction to being exposed to higher temperatures. The same way that you take care of your skin by removing your makeup before working out, similar measures need to be taken during the summer. I’m not suggesting to bare it all but I am suggesting to keep your day makeup light. Opt for a tinted moisturizer, BB or CC cream. The last thing we want is to breakout or clog our pores.
4. Exfoliate: Exfoliating is important year-round but it’s equally important during the summer. If you use self-tanner or bronzer, body wash isn’t going to cut it. Exfoliating helps to slough off dry skin and all of the extra product you’re applying for that summer glow. Exfoliating also helps if the summer weather causes you to have body breakouts (aka backne).
5. Hydrate: We’ve already discussed the importance of hydrating by drinking water but it’s equally important to hydrate your skin and your hair. Sun exposure, chlorine water, salt water –there are many elements brought on by the summer season. It’s important to keep your skin moisturized (make sure it has SPF, of course). It’s also important to keep your hair hydrated by applying a weekly hydrating mask.