Finally, summer! There’s nothing better than coming out of hibernation and feeling the warm sun kiss your skin and hear birds chirping in the air. Summer is a time for friends, pools, beaches, and barbeques.
But it’s also a time for the sun to flaunt its true powers, which can result in a pretty serious sunburn. To enjoy your summer and keep your summertime glow intact, follow these nine skin protection tips and some of my personal favorite products below!
When the sun’s out in full force, it can draw the moisture right out of your body through sweat, causing you to become dehydrated. On hot summer days, make sure you carry a reusable water bottle around at all times to stay hydrated throughout the day. This way, you’ll stay refreshed and won’t get dizzy or overheated.
Sunscreen is your best friend, especially during the months between June and September. When the sun’s close to the earth, you’re more prone to falling victim to sunburn.
Wherever you go, always carry liquid, spray, or powder sunscreens in your bag and reapply every few hours. And don’t worry, you can still catch a tan while fighting off those harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Don’t forget about your eyes this summer. Many avid beachgoers and outdoorsy hikers fail to realize their eyes can get sunburnt, too. Investing in a high-quality pair of polarized, UV protection sunglasses will ensure your eyesight stays crystal clear all year long.
Check Your Skin
Checking your skin should become an everyday habit. As you scan your body every morning or night, take a look at moles, freckles, and birthmarks to see if they’ve changed in appearance or size, and look for any new skin changes, too.
This proactive habit allows you to look for potential areas of skin cancer. If you notice any abnormalities, go to a doctor immediately and schedule regular skin checks as well.
Aside from sunscreen, you can also protect your skin by staying covered. Nothing screams summer louder than a flowy sunhat that is chic, yet still protects your face from harmful UV rays.
It’s also important to pack your beach umbrella to keep you shaded and to wear long sleeves and flowy pants, especially during the hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Did you accidentally fall asleep by the pool and woke up looking like a lobster? If so, grab the aloe vera stat. Soothing and cooling lotions will prevent your skin from peeling and blistering, reducing the pain and helping restore your skin to its healthy state.
Clean Your Skin Morning and Night
A daily skincare regimen is important to keep all year round. Hot summer rays cause you to sweat, which can clog pores and lead to acne. The first thing you should do when you wake up is to rinse your face with face or acne wash and to apply moisturizer.
Take note, as acne creams can make your skin more sensitive to light, so make sure you apply sunscreen as well.
Then, as it’s time for bed, use a gentle facial cleanser to remove makeup and built-up sebum. Additionally, exfoliate a few times a week to remove dead skin cells to keep your face feeling fresh.
Don’t Forget to Moisturize
The sun may make our world look beautiful, but its strong powers can drain the life out of almost anything. From plants to rivers, the heat of the sun will cause water to evaporate into thin air, and the same thing can happen to your skin. Whether you have dry or oily skin, moisturizer should be a regular cosmetic purchase to keep your skin hydrated and smooth.
The only thing you need this summer is a nice tan. With that said, pack your makeup bag and store it in the closet with your winter coats and scarves. Now’s the time to embrace your natural beauty. Makeup can clog pores and lead to breakouts, so keep it to a minimum and enjoy flaunting your natural look.
A Summer to Remember
Don’t let a nasty sunburn ruin your ultimate summer vacation. Following these skin protection tips will help you create picture-perfect memories that aren’t tarnished by skin damage, peeling, and discomfort.
Next time you pack your beach bag, throw in your sunscreen, umbrella, hat, and sunglasses and you’ll be ready to go!
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement.
We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re not talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
I have accepted that it is impossible to please everyone. I struggled for years to fit in with what I thought were the cool kids, but in the end, I was unhappy because I felt I could never be my true self.
Today, I now accept that to be my true self, as an individual, means that not everyone will like me and that I can’t please everyone. But I now understand that being myself brings to me the most fulfilling relationships
Appreciation is everything. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
I have learned to appreciate my family more, flaws and all. When I was young, my parents had a very busy life and struggled to just make ends meet in our family. As a result, I became resentful that they never spent enough time with my siblings and me.
Now I appreciate them more because they worked so hard for our family, and I am grateful now that I can have a stronger relationship with them as an adult and have a truly fulfilling relationship with them.
Share with us one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.
The most rewarding thing I have ever done was when I decided to study abroad in Barcelona for a semester. I really felt like I broke out of my shell.
Being in an unfamiliar place where you can’t speak the language is difficult, but I gained so much confidence in myself that I can achieve my dreams in life. I still have a passion for travel. I would love to become a travel writer one day and circle the globe!