Did you know that fresh produce and proteins packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals are substantial to your external beauty? Also hydration of the skin by drinking AT LEAST 64oz. of H2O a day is essential to your beauty as well.
These are just 2 of the 10 awesome ways to get your skin glowing and radiant for the summer! The bonus is that these two work double-duty because they benefit your inside as well as your outer appearance.
10 Tips for Beautiful Summer Skin
These 10 tips can help you avoid the beauty issues that we face when warm weather settles in.
Summer is a wonderful time of year, but the sun and heat can take a toll on your skin, hair, and body. That doesn’t mean you should stay indoors — with a little care and a few precautions, you can enjoy summer to its fullest.
1. Take your Vitamins!
Your skin tends to be the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body. So if you feed your skin from the inside out you can’t help but benefit from vitamins.
Vitamin A: It’s vital to the health of your skin and your eyes. Plus, if you suffer from acne, retinoids are derivatives from Vitamin A- it penetrates the skin easily and has been found to treat facial wrinkles and fine lines.
Vitamins C and E: Daily doses protect the body and these vitamins’ antioxidant properties are important for healthy skin. Vitamin E also treat and prevents hyper-pigmentation and redness.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: They have anti-acne and mood regulating properties. A cream like Lumene Vitamin C+ Age Defying Arctic Cloudberry Radiant Day Cream ($20, cvs.com) has vitamins A, C, E and Omega-3 Fatty Acids that helps your skin fight the first signs of aging while providing hydration to give your skin a lovely glow.
Zinc: It protects against UV radiation. Try something like Solar Sense Clear Zinc SPF 70 ($17. 85, target.com). The cream can also be used a sunscreen. When taken as a vitamin, Zinc can decrease the relative risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
2. Slather on Sunscreen
Many dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. The Skin Cancer Foundation points out that tests demonstrated SPF 30 products block out only 4 percent more rays — 97 percent compared to 93 percent for SPF 15. So know that you’re getting more protection with SPF 30, but not double the amount of SPF 15. In the past, broad-spectrum SPF sunscreens made skin look whitish because of the opaque nature of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which physically block UV rays, but with more refined, micronized formulations, you can get their sun protection benefits without the ghostly appearance.
More sunscreen smarts to follow include:
Check the sunscreen’s ingredients list; it should contain agents that block both UVA and UVB rays.
Apply sunscreen regularly, as it will wear off with prolonged swimming or sweating.
Even if it’s cloudy, ultraviolet rays can still reach your skin, so wear sunscreen even on sunless days.
Many makeup and skin care products contain an SPF agent, but don’t be fooled: Look for the SPF number and use extra sunscreen if it’s below 15.
3. Give ’Em Lip Service
Use a lip sunscreen with SPF agent even if you’re putting lipstick on, too.
4. Remember Hair Care
The beating sun will hit your hair hard, but there are a number of sprays containing SPF that you can put on after you wash your hair. This is a must if your tresses has been chemically treated.
Another tip: Don’t overwash your hair as this can remove the oils that naturally protect it.
5. Exfoliate Head to Toe
Expensive scrubs and salts feel wonderful, but if you’re on a budget, you can do just as good a job using an exfoliation mitt or glove and your regular body wash. Gentle exfoliation is essential if you’ve had any area waxed, particularly in the bikini area, as it can help prevent ingrown hairs.
6. Moisturize and Nourish With Oils
Elbows, feet, and ankles can get very dry, so try avocado oil to keep them healthy and smooth. Avocado oil not only moisturizes, but also has nourishing properties as it contains vitamin E.
7. Be Kind to Your Face
Chemical peels, creams, scrubs, and other products containing glycollic acids and retinoids should not be used if you spend a lot of time in the sun: These treatments can make your skin more sun sensitive and cause more damage to your skin. If you must use them, wear a hat and sunscreen to protect your face. Follow this advice as well if you’re taking certain antibiotics, such as tetracycline, which also make you more prone to sunburn.
8. Try Mineral Makeup
Because mineral makeup has a light powder base, it won’t sweat off as easily as regular foundation. Some mineral bases even contain a built-in SPF. And you don’t have to spend a fortune: Check out what’s in the aisles at your local pharmacy or supermarket. There are many inexpensive brands there that are as good as the more pricey products sold in department stores.
9. You Are What You Eat
Your skin needs lots of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy, so check out your local farmer’s market for the freshest fare in summer fruits and vegetables. Foods rich in antioxidants and protein, such as fresh produce, fish, and eggs, can stimulate collagen growth, which keeps the skin elastic and helps prevent wrinkles.
10. Drink Plenty of Water
The beating sun can dry your skin and make you sweat more, so keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If you’re active, you need to drink at least 8 glasses during the day. Be careful though: You can actually drink too much and that can be dangerous.
Make it a Great Glowing-Skin Day!