Summertime Skin Guide

As the weather gets warmer, keep these tips top of mind to keep your skin healthy and happy!

1. SPF
•WEAR SUNSCREEN! This is the most fundamental tip for summer. Experts recommend a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher for all exposed skin -this means hands, feet, and lips as well. When choosing a sunscreen, be careful to look for ingredients and steer away from these 11 chemicals that are toxic and still pending FDA research:

I. Oxybenzone
II. Octinoxate
III. Avobenzone
IV. Homosalate
V. Octocrylene
VI. Cinoxate
VII. Dioxybenzone
VIII. Ensulizole
IX. Meradimate
X. Padimate O
XI. Sulisobenzone

•These 11 ingredients have potential health risks such as endocrine disruption, reproductive issues, and more! Shop for SPF that is chemical-free and made with mineral active ingredients, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, instead.

2. Vitamin C serum
•Vitamin C helps prevent hyperpigmentation, improves the appearance of fine lines, and can help with collagen production. Layer a few drops on your skin between cleansing and moisturizing every day.

3.Exfoliate
•Exfoliants, like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), help to open blocked pores and remove oils that result in acne. Summer is a good time to increase exfoliation, especially if you have oily skin!

4. Avoid over-showering
•Many people shower frequently in the summer between workouts, beach days, and due to plain old summer sweat! Keep shoes short (4-5 minutes), and keep water temperatures from being too hot, which can lead to over-drying your skin.

5. Stay in the shade
•Whenever outside, wear sun-protective clothing, wide brimmed hats, and sunglasses. Be mindful of the intense midday sun and try to sit in the shade whenever possible.

6. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
•Moisturize yourself from the inside by staying hydrated. Since you are sweating more in the summer, you’re also losing more fluids quicker, thus increasing your need for additional water intake. In general, you should be drinking around 64 ounces daily, but this amount could be more depending on your activity levels.

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