While it’s essential to care for your skin year-round, our skin needs change along with the season. Even if you’re living in a beachside climate, the weather still fluctuates during the cooler months, and your skin needs time to adjust – as well as the right products in your makeup bag to keep it looking its best.
Let’s take a look a few healthy summer skincare tips on how you can take the best care of your skin this spring and summer while enjoying the surf and the sunshine.
Sun Protection Factor, better known by its acronym, SPF, our skin needs year-round. While you may want to up the SPF amount depending on your activities, overall skin health, and time spent outdoors, you must be using an SPF of 30 at minimum.
Another thing that people tend to overlook with their SPF protection is that it needs to be applied several times throughout the day. If you’re spending a day at the beach swimming or sweating, you will lose the protection faster, so be sure to apply every two to three hours on those days.
Additionally, you’ll want to use a different SPF on your delicate facial skin than you’d use on your body, so purchase two separate products for those needs.
Accessories That Protect
As mentioned earlier, your face has much more delicate skin than the rest of your body. Protecting your facial skin with a hat, visor and sunglasses are crucial.
For that reason, every dermatologist recommends protecting your face from the sun with a sun hat or a visor. Thankfully, oversized floppy sun hats are in trend and look good on virtually everyone.
Men look cool in sun hats of all shapes and sizes as well. If you want the comfort and added visibility of a visor instead of a hat, not only are they back in style, they come bedazzled and in different textiles and colors to suit your aesthetic.
Investing In Facials
Facials seem like a splurge to the average person, but they should be done every season change. The importance of facials is that they exfoliate the skin at a deeper level than at-home exfoliation and allow the products that the esthetician uses to penetrate deeper.
While using toners and serums at home is incredibly beneficial to your skin, getting a facial allows these to work even harder, providing faster results and healing to your skin.
So, you want to heal your skin from the harsher and colder winter temps at the beginning of spring and then get another facial at the end of the summer to slough off any problems you accumulated over the season.
Thankfully, many spas offer memberships that make facials more affordable for the average person – investing in your skin is worth it.
Sticking To Routines
Though summertime is all about going out and enjoying the weather with friends and family, you still have to stay on top of all the hard work you’ve put into your skin during the off-season.
We’re all guilty of common skincare mistakes, but make sure you’re taking your makeup off every night before bed and sticking to your skin regimen.
Think about it this way – how many selfies and memories are going to be captured this spring and summer beachside? You want to be camera-ready and having glowing skin is the ticket.
Connect With Your Dermatologist
It’s a good idea to visit a dermatologist during the winter and the summer. While best efforts are made with SPF during the summer months, all that time spent outdoors may cause some skin issues to arise, and you want to make sure that you’re getting any new moles or issues checked out before they become more significant problems.
Dermatologists can also make recommendations on products that will promote your skin’s overall health and appearance. If you don’t have a derm yet, find a local one with an excellent reputation and make an appointment – almost all accept insurance.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and the health of your skin is a strong indicator of your overall health. By making sure you invest in and protect your skin during the spring and summer, you’re not only investing in your physical health but your emotional health as well. After all, nothing gives you self-confidence like a clear and healthy complexion.