We know that summer has arrived (and is still here, and will be here, like, f o r e v e r), but has your skin routine changed to accommodate the length of your summer vacay or the intensity of the hot, Arizona sun?
Wash my face? Check.
Put on face cream? Check.
OK, I'm done, right? NOPE!
While a perfect skin-care routine will work for you year-round, these 5 little tips are important steps you should use as the weather gets warmer.
1. Stay hydrated from the inside out and outside in.
Now, more than ever, it’s important to drink enough water (at least 3 quarts or more) to ensure that the skin functions optimally for physiological benefits like flushing unwanted toxins, enhancing a supple skin texture, and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles
2. Lighten up with serums.
Even though you're sweatier in the summer, your skin still needs to be moisturized. However, since seasonal dryness isn't common in the summertime, you don't need a rich cream as you use in the winter. So a mix of rosehip seed oil paired with hyaluronic acid will provide a light base for your moisturizing cream, and you can use less of it!
3. Properly Wash Your Face.
Since you're sweating more during the summer months due to outdoor activities or simply being more active, try washing your face up into your hairline as well - this area is usually overlooked, which can result in breakouts along the hairline or the outer edges of your face.
4. Don't Forget To Exfoliate.
Dermatologists are often reminding us not to over-exfoliate, but in the summertime, 'tis the season to slough away. That doesn't mean a daily dose of all your favorite acids, but try slowly increasing the amount of days you exfoliate per week.
5. Go For Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables.
Include salads and vegetables like cucumber and lettuce in your food – these help the body stay cool from within. Seasonal fruits like watermelons, musk melons; citrus fruits and juices also help keep the skin healthy.
While we can't always overhaul our everyday routine, it's important to tweak little habits to bring out the best in the way we feel about our skin - to keep it healthy all year round.