Sunshine, sand, and boat trips. There’s nothing quite like a South Carolina summer. However, as we enter into the summer months, our skin protection is as important as ever. While the bronzed goddess look is a staple for the beach and pool, the tanning process is actually physical evidence of skin damage. Learn how to keep your skin protected from UVA and UVB rays while spending time outdoors, and how to take care of it once you return inside.
Hydrate! In the summer heat our sweat glands are working over time, especially in the humid Charleston weather. It is easy to get distracted with activities at hand and not realize just how much water is leaving our body. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids to rehydrate skin cells and flush out toxins from the rest of the body.
SPF your skin. Whether you are heading to the beach with friends or taking your kids to soccer practice, sunscreen is KEY. We often only utilize this skin protectant when we predict our outdoor time to be several hours long. However, sunscreen should be applied daily, no matter the extent of your outdoor activities. Try to use an SPF 30 or higher on the face to increase protection from rays.
Use eye creams and lip protection. The under-eye area of the face is one of the most delicate areas of our body. Sun exposure to this skin will gradually cause thinning, creases, and wrinkles. Use an appropriate cream or balm (with SPF!) for your skin type to hydrate this area and protect it from sun exposure. Make sure to pat this cream on gently, using the ring fingers. The skin on your lips is just as fragile. Use a lip scrub at least twice a week to slough away dead skin, and follow up with a lip cream or chapstick with SPF in it to prevent drying and cracking. Plump lips are prettier!
Never neglect the neck. One of the most important pieces of beauty advice from my mother: Never neglect the neck. The neck is one of the first areas of the body to reveal signs of aging, and oftentimes ladies do not realize this until the damage is done. Continue your moisturizer, sunscreen, and makeup down to the neck region during application and make sure it receives the proper attention it deserves. You will thank me later.
Defend your skin with antioxidants. Antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and green tea can assist your skin in reversing sun damage. Utilize serums and creams that list these block boosters in the ingredients section. Or have yourself a glass of iced green tea for lunch!
Exfoliate. Though your skin might not feel dry underneath the sweat (I mean, glisten), exfoliation is needed in the summer just as much as in the winter. Depending on your skin type, exfoliate either 1-2 times a week if you have dry skin and 2-3 times a week if your skin is oily. Shed dead skin buildup from dehydration and heat exposure and rejuvenate your complexion for that summer glow!
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* Information gathered from Mario Badescu and Dermatalogica