Summer is fast approaching and it is only natural that you will want to look your best in the warm weather. To help achieve glowing healthy skin, here are some recommendations on the best skin care essentials which will not only protect your skin again UV rays but also ensure you look your best on the beach this summer!
1.UVA and UVB Blocking Sunscreen
When it comes to summer skincare products, it’s all about those three little letters: SPF. In order to combat the formation of fine lines, wrinkles and damaged skin cells that are caused by UV rays, it’s strongly recommended that you invest in sunscreen with a high SPF rating that provides broad spectrum protection against both UVB and UVA rays. If you reapply this sunscreen every two hours, then you can enjoy a day in the sun without suffering long term skin cell damage.
2. Lightweight Moisturizers
During the summer months, many women forego their regular moisturizing routine because they do not want to use thick, heavy lotions. However, your skin still needs to be sufficiently hydrated during these hot summer months. Therefore, if you’d like to combat dry skin without feeling weighed down by your skincare products, they why not invest in a lightweight moisturizer during the summer months? By purchasing gel-based lotions or products specifically marketed as ‘lightweight’ or ‘oil-free’ you can keep your skin sufficiently hydrated and moisturized without compromising on comfort! I love Shiseido Pureness Moisturizing Gel Cream for the face.
3. Lycopene Infused Night Creams
Over the years, scientific studies have shown that nutrients such as zinc and Vitamins C and E have substantial UV protectant properties. However, now there is another nutrient to add to the list: lycopene! In fact, many skincare experts advocate how lycopene acts as a free radical scavenger which significantly protects your skin against the damage caused by prolonged sun exposure. Although you can increase your lycopene intake by eating fresh and cooked tomatoes, it is also advised that you invest in topical lycopene night creams. Using these skincare treatments on a daily basis during the summer months can increase the rate at which your body adsorbs lycopene, thereby equipping you with the nutrients needed to successfully combat skin cell damage.
4. Balancing, Oil-free Toners
If you suffer from oily, eczema, rosacea or acne-prone skin then you will be all too familiar with the toll that sunscreen and sweating can have on your complexion! Fortunately, you can combat clogged pores, prevent irritation and restore order to your complexion by using a toner on a daily basis. When used during warm weather, a ‘balancing’ or ‘oil-free’ toner treatment will regulate the pH balance of your skin and leave it feeling refreshed and silky smooth.
5. Vitamin E Infused Exfoliants
Looking for a way to fast-track your tan? Then exfoliating is the answer to your problems! Using an exfoliating mask or scrub that has been made from natural, organic products and infused with Vitamin E oil will help remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Repeating this process on a bi-weekly basis will facilitate a deeper tan and sumptuously soft skin all summer long.
What do you do to prep your skin for summer? Any skincare essentials you care to share? Let me know in the comments!