Summer Skin Savers

The temperature outside is rising as we get further into summer, and that means there is a whole lot of sweating going on! This is bad news for your skin. We all kick our workouts into high gear to get our bodies bikini-ready for summer, but what about our skin? With the hotter temperatures and more time spent outside in the sun, your skin can take a bit of a beating during the summer if you’re not careful. Keeping up with your usual skin regimen is important, but here are a few things you can do to keep your skin feeling extra-fresh all over this summer.

Exfoliate and Repeat
This is a must all year round but a girl can’t neglect her pores when the warmer weather comes knocking. Even just walking to work, your pores are more open due to the humidity in the air that comes with the summer weather. Not to mention, you are sweating more, so those pesky blackheads are more likely to form. Regardless of your skin type, exfoliation will remove dead skin cells and clean pores, resulting in that desired healthy glow. If you exfoliate once a week regularly, up that to two or three times a week during the summer. Regular exfoliation over time will increase your skin’s capacity to absorb moisture, reduce fine lines, and diminish unwanted acne. We suggest St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub; the oils in the apricot will help hydrate your skin and leave you feeling refreshed. Don’t neglect the rest of your body, either. We sweat more everywhere during the summer¦so show the rest of your body some exfoliating love with St. Ives Purifying Exfoliating Body Wash.

SPF Everywhere
Getting some sun on your lunch break may feel like a nice break, but you could be doing more damage than you know. The Sun’s UV rays are stronger during the summer months and that means more chance for sun damage. Even on cloudy days, you are at risk of getting sunburned. So when you are applying your foundation in the morning, make sure it has an SPF of 15 or higher. Slather on a high SPF sunscreen if you are going to be outside for an extended period of time. Don’t forget what your Mama told you when you were younger; reapply that sunscreen every hour or two. You should also invest in a good lip balm or lipstick that will protect your lips from the sun. We so quickly forget our lips are at risk just as much as all other exposed areas. To keep your lips kissable this summer try Sephora’s Sugar Plum Lip Treatment with SPF 15; it’s a winner.

More Moisture Please
As you are sweating more, your body and skin are loosing more moisture than usual. So, drink up! Try to drink plenty of water to keep your body in balance and your skin hydrated. As you sweat it out, you should be putting it right back into your body. You should also moisturize your skin day and night with a natural moisturizer cream. Creams and lotions with petroleum based ingredients will cause your pores to be clogged unnecessarily. So go au natural. We suggest Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Cream. It contains royal jelly, a natural ingredient made up of nectar, pollen, flower parts and minerals. Don’t stop there through. Massage a night cream on your face and neck to increase circulation that will aid in the repair process that your skin goes through while you are sleeping.

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