Springtime is here! It’s the time we start to think about summer vacations to the beach, summer BBQs, and trading out our fuzzy socks and sweats for shorts and flip flops. It’s important to think of our largest organ, the skin, and how to keep it healthy during “the dog days of summer.” Here are some tips on how to keep the skin healthy during your spring and summer time fun:
- Drinking eight 8 oz. glasses of filtered water every day will help maintain healthier skin and help with detoxification.
- Applying a good sunscreen regularly can help with nearly 80% of your skin’s aging.
- Trading out your daily moisturizer for a lighter, non-greasy moisturizer will help negate the sun drying out your skin.
- Using a mask with a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidants can help keep you fight post-swimming dryness. Reminder to avoid a mask with retinol, which can cause a higher risk of sunburn & hyperpigmentation. Tip: Layering with a hydrating mist throughout the day will also help keep the skin dewy.
- Fatty acids work to repair the skin barrier and help prevent damage caused by the sun. These fatty acids are found in avocado oil, jojoba seed oil, and primrose oil, just to name a few.
- Antioxidants are critical for summer skin when it is constantly barraged with free radical damage.
- Sweet almond oil contains vitamin E and helps ease sunburned skin. After you shower, apply body oil to damp skin. The water and oil emulsify and create a barrier to hold moisture without leaving you sticky and greasy.
As always, our skin needs to be exfoliated regularly depending on how active you are throughout the summer. Doing this helps to keep dead skin, dirt, and sweat from clogging our pores. Keeping skin hydrated and exfoliated throughout your summer adventures will leave you with a sunny glow and leaving you looking and feeling great!