It has been a long winter and as winter gets further and further in our rear view mirror, it becomes necessary to go through a bit of a beauty overhaul. Spring is here and summer is on the way – and soon it will be sand, surf, sun, heat and sweat.

The question is: What should we be doing and what should we be avoiding? Below are a few guidelines on how to help your skin be summer ready.

  1. Cleanse and Exfoliate – As dirt, dead skin, and pollutants build up on your skin each day, so do bacteria, pore-clogging oil, and impurities. These can lead to enlarged pores, break outs, uneven skin tone, and dull skin. Daily cleansing and exfoliating in a gentle manner becomes more and more crucial to maintaining clean, vibrant skin. Choose products void of sulfates which are known to strip natural oils from the skin because of their small oil grabbing molecules. Also use products that steer clear of abrasives and acids, which can make you more sun sensitive.
  2. Moisturize – Even if the air around us may feel humid, we need to keep on top of moisturizing. With the increase in temperatures, the skin on our face can become dehydrated as the moisture in your cells travel to other areas of our bodies—especially when we sweat. An average person can lose up to 1.4 liters of water in one hour of heavy sweating. That is a lot of moisture leaving your skin. And, don’t let oily skin fool you, oil does not equal moisture when it comes to healthy skin. Choose products that contain humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid that boost and bind moisture to the surface of the skin which prevents dehydration.
  3. Pamper your body – Your knees, elbows and feet have the tendency to dry out more in the summertime. And the added exposure to the sun robs the skin on our bodies of much needed moisture. Seek out products rich in natural skin-loving oils such as argan and sweet almond. Argan oil contains fatty acids like Omega 3 that help lock-in moisture, even in dry and semi-dry climates. Sweet almond oil forms a protective barrier and helps to soothe skin.
  4. Load up on antioxidants – While the sun’s rays may feel sensational, the effects of sun exposure may not be as agreeable over time. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. And the ravages of the sun and environment take a toll not only on the outside—but also on the inside of our bodies. Continuous assault by free radicals can lead to premature aging and disease. Choose diets and products rich in antioxidant protection such as plant-based Moringa oleifera which is proven to be the most nutritionally dense plant on earth. Fruits high in ellagic acid rate high on the ORAC scale—meaning their ability to scavenge free radicals. These include strawberries, raspberries, walnuts, pecans and cranberries.

Follow these easy tips and enjoy your best summer skin, yet!