Summer is just around the corner, and that means so are sweltering hot days, oppressive humidity, and thousands of sweat droplets sliding down your face like tears from heaven yeah, I went there.
If you’re like me, you might be wondering how exactly to keep your skin healthy and fit throughout this time of year. Here are ten tips to Take care of your skin in summer healthy and fit this summer.
What is a Healthy diet?
A healthy diet is a diet that helps you to be healthy, according to Alex Maclean, R.D., of Alexander Tudor Holistic Health & Fitness in NYC. It’s more than just cutting out junk food although that should be a priority it’s about eating nutrient-rich foods so your body can perform at its best.
Skin’s main job is to keep water in, so it’s important not only to drink enough water but also regularly moisturize with a hydrating lotion. Try an after-sun gel that contains aloe or chamomile; these ingredients will help soothe your skin while replenishing moisture.
Wear sunscreen The sun’s UV rays can damage your skin, whether you’re lounging on a beach or walking around town.
Eat more Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, which help your body fight off free radicals. Free radicals cause damage to your DNA, which contributes to accelerated aging. By taking in more fruits and vegetables, you can slow down aging.
Make sure you eat five servings per day: one serving is 1 cup of raw fruit or vegetable; 1⁄4 cup of dried fruit; or 1⁄2 cup of cooked or canned fruit or veggies. Take a look at our summer-inspired recipes for some ideas!
Get enough Vitamin C
Getting enough vitamin C is important for maintaining healthy skin. You can find vitamin C in a lot of fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, dairy products, and meat. But if you don’t consume enough from your diet, consider taking supplements. Studies show that people who take 500 milligrams or more of vitamin C a day may have healthier skin than those who get less.
The trick is getting enough without eating so many foods containing high levels of vitamin C that you exceed your daily caloric needs and gain weight instead.
Be Sun Smart
Be sun smart by protecting your skin with a well-formulated sunscreen that offers UVA and UVB protection. Most people don’t realize it, but UVA rays are actually more common than UVB, so be sure to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Look for one with SPF 30 or higher that is labeled broad spectrum in order to protect yourself from harmful rays.
Sunscreen should also have an active ingredient of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as these ingredients will reflect both UVA and UVB rays away from your skin. As far as application goes, make sure you apply generously (1 oz) 20 minutes before going outside so that you get full coverage, and wait at least 20 minutes after applying before going back out into direct sunlight.
Moisturize after Bathing
Excessive bathing can strip skin of its natural oils and make it dry out. Instead, wait at least 20 minutes after showering before applying any lotion or moisturizer.
Also, look for ingredients like glycerin (which attracts moisture), cocoa butter (which can reduce irritation), olive oil (to help repair damaged skin), peppermint oil (to soothe itching), or shea butter (for smooth skin).
Use sunscreen on a daily basis
Sure, there are plenty of other ways to care for your skin in summer, but sunscreen should be your first line of defense against wrinkles and premature aging. Wear sunscreen every day. Why? Because Sunscreen is one of the easiest ways to prevent skin cancer, not just from sunburns but also long-term.
Choose a broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher; it’ll protect against both UVA and UVB rays. And don’t forget about protecting your lips! Lips have no natural SPF so you’ll need a separate lip balm with an SPF rating, too.
Wash your face Morning and Night
There’s no doubt about it when you have acne, or even if you don’t, washing your face is important. But, often when people wash their faces they spend way too much time doing it, using a little too much product, or using products that are too harsh for their skin.
The result is Soap buildup, overworked pores, and lots of blackheads. We recommend cleansing in circular motions for just 30 seconds in the morning (using lukewarm water) and evening (using cool water).
Your skin will feel great and clean! Wash your face morning and night There’s no doubt about it when you have acne, or even if you don’t, washing your face is important.
Avoid Heavy Makeup
Heavy foundation, powder, and eye makeup can clog your pores in the summer heat. To keep your skin healthy, invest in a few light moisturizers (less is more when it comes to summer skincare) or use coconut oil instead of heavy face creams.
If you wear colored mascara during warmer months, try waterproof varieties that don’t run as easily when it’s hot out. But if you do get raccoon eyes due to smudged mascara or eye shadow or anything else for that matter it’s okay! Smudge away.
Swimming pools and beach days are what summer is all about after all! Just make sure you clean up well before going out into public nobody wants (or needs) their face dripping down their shirt collar.
Shower after swimming
When you exercise in a chlorinated pool or a salty ocean, your skin can become chapped, itchy, and irritated. Shower immediately after getting out of any body of water to protect your skin.
If you have sensitive skin try taking an oatmeal bath right after swimming oatmeal is known for its soothing properties. Oats also make your skin soft, so using an oatmeal scrub in the shower isn’t a bad idea either.