Summer is a time for you to be even more diligent with your skin care regimen as it can take a toll on your skin, with the heat, pollution, dryness or humidity, your skin needs more protection and attention.

 

I have 5 easy peasy tips for you to follow.

1. SUNSCREEN

Is a must to wear year-round even on cloudy days. So, if you’re just about to get yours out, then make sure it’s new and hasn’t been sitting on the shelf for a year and look for safe non-toxic sunscreen. Check that it has UVA and UVB protection and use anything from 30+ plus SPF and always apply it at least 30 minutes before stepping outside. Try to stay indoors during 10 am and 4 pm as that’s when the sun’s rays are harshest. If that’s not possible find a great hat and protective clothing. Regardless of the SPF, you choose you should always reapply at least every 60-90 minutes and always after swimming, don’t forget your ears.

 

                                               Never underestimate the power of the sun!

 

2.  HYDRATE

Water is vital for the skin, so remember to drink plenty throughout the day because once you realize you are thirsty you’re already dehydrated. Keeping hydrated has a huge impact on your health and when dehydrated, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and wrinkling. So, keep a bottle handy that you can sip throughout the day to stay hydrated and aim for about 8 x 8 ounces of fresh water every day, try starting your day with a nice big glass.

 

3.  EAT RIGHT

Eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants such as leafy green vegetables, blueberries, cantaloupe, melons, salmon, and eggs as these all help to nourish and repair any damage. Many fruits and vegetables also supply ample amounts of water to help keep you and your skin hydrated, in addition to having lots of vitamins and minerals. Strawberries contain 92% water plus antioxidants, also pineapples, oranges, and raspberries are great, not forgetting good old cucumber that is extremely high in water content and also contains vitamin C and caffeic acid which help to soothe any skin irritations. Lettuce, celery, spinach, green peppers, the list is long as there so are many wonderful fruits and vegetables that can help with your skin. Try putting them in a blender to make cool summer smoothies.

 

4.  EXFOLIATE

It is important to exfoliate your face at least 2×3 times a week otherwise, old skin cells will just sit on the surface making your skin look dry and dull. So, by exfoliating regularly you are removing those dry dead cells and allowing a more radiant skin to shine through. Choose a gentle natural exfoliator as you don’t want anything that is too harsh that could irritate your skin. Exfoliating improves the texture of your skin and prevents congestion.

                                 Remember to exfoliate your whole body as well as your face.

                                               Here is a quick at home body scrub recipe:

                                                         (Never use salt on your face)

                                                          1/2 cup of coarse sea salt

                                               1/4 cup of lavender essential oil or your favorite oil

                                                     1/4 cup of olive oil (or any oil you prefer)

                                         Gently, rub all over your body in a light circular motion.

                                                                          Rinse off!.

                                                                Voila!    Soft radiant skin

 

5.  WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

Protecting your skin is not just about applying products. Look at what type of clothing is covering you? Wear hats with wide brims and have SPF protection, there are many stores and websites where you can purchase special sun protective clothing. However, if you do not have any then stick to loose fitting, tightly woven clothing which can significantly cut the risk of sunburn and sun damage.

 

                                                                         BONUS

PROTECT YOUR LIPS

Yes, they are prone to sunburn, so make sure your lips are covered using moisturized protective lip balms with at least an SPF of 20 or higher.

 

 

Diane Morgan works with women who are overwhelmed and torn by the aging process and have a hard time finding themselves and their place in life during and beyond midlife. She is the creator of a powerful transformational program Awaken Your Beauty Inside Out: Fall In Love With The Skin You’re In. This phenomenal program capitalizes on her 20 plus years of experience in the beauty industry and her expertise as a certified Master Empowerment Coach for women.