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The Best Skin Tips For Summer

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June 13, 2017 Reviewed by Holly Dawsey 0 Comments

Summer is a wonderful time of year — lazing on the beach, lazing by the pool, lazing in general.  But, as we all know, the scorching heat can take a toll our skin. Sunburn, dehydration, dark spots, that slick-ick that sends your makeup running down your neck — these are all common side effects of the great outdoors. Get ready to face the sun with these easy-breezy tips that will help you better protect your skin and look your best this season and beyond.  

Shield your skin
By now you know the importance of sunscreen. You’ve been slathering it on all year, right? …Right? Regardless, now is the time to step up your SPF game. One quick coat in the morning isn’t going to cut it. Look for a broad-spectrum block, meaning it protects against UVA and UVB rays. For your face, massage on a teaspoon of sunscreen after your moisturizer has dried. Then, apply a generous amount to your body before you put on clothes to ensure you don’t miss any spots. Allow at least 15 minutes for it to sink in to your skin. We like MD Solar Sciences Mineral Moisture Defense SPF 50 ($39 in the shop), which double as a body lotion. Finally, reapply throughout the day. Don’t wait until your skin is burning — every couple of hours is recommended by dermatologists.  

Amp up on antioxidants
Marta recently pointed to a study by the American Academy of Dermatology that noted that sunscreens are providing ‘passive’ protection by absorbing or reflecting harmful UV rays from the skin. However, by adding antioxidants, they could offer a second, ‘active’ level of protection. That’s because antioxidants neutralize the UVA-induced free radicals (aka the culprits of skin aging) that sunscreen alone does not. Look for a an antioxidant-rich day cream, such as Ao Skincare Fortify ($89.95 in the shop), or layer on a serum like Your Best Face Antioxidants Concentrate ($65 in the shop) to boost your coverage.

Repair exposed skin
A recent study from Yale University found that damage to skin cells, which was once thought to stop after dark, continues for hours after spending time in the sun. “Researchers discovered that the UV light activated two enzymes that combined to ‘excite’ an electron in melanin. The energy generated from this process — known as chemiexcitation — was transferred to DNA in the dark, creating the same DNA damage that sunlight caused in daytime.” Enhance your skin’s natural repair with a nourishing night treatment. Ao Skincare Restore Serum($119.95 in the shop) includes spin trap, a potent antioxidant that intercepts free radicals before they can cause damage and is most effective at absorbing and neutralizing solar radiation.

Choose a lighter formula
Rich creams paired with sweat and the high humidity in summer months can contribute to shine and breakouts. Try a lightweight gel-cream that attracts and locks in moisture with hyaluronic acid. Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Moisture Cushion Oil-Free Moisturizer ($56 in the shop) uses a “water-break” formula, meaning the creamier texture turns into a water-like gel as it is massaged into skin. It absorbs quickly and provides comfortably hydrated skin that never gets greasy.

Think beyond sunscreen
The UV index is highest between 10 am and 4 pm, meaning your skin is at most risk for burns. When spending time outdoors between these hours, seek shade and wear protective clothing on top of sunscreen. Look for lightweight tunics with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 50+, like my favorite from Coolibar. According the Skin Cancer Foundation, a garment rated UPF 50 permits only 1/50th (roughly 2 percent) UV transmission. Also opt for a hat with a wide brim to protect your face and neck from sun shining in at all angles.

Keep dark spots at bay
No matter how diligent you were in the winter, sun spots typically return and make their peak appearance during summer months. To inhibit the formation of melanin, apply a skin lightening cream or serum daily. The new Your Best Face Brightening Concentrate ($32 in the shop) uses an advanced form of kojic acid called kojic dipalmitate. It is said to be easily absorbed by the skin and more efficacious than kojic acid in inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase present, so as to prevent the melanin formation.

Forget foundation
During the summer months not only can you get away minimal makeup, but natural-looking skin in the intolerant sun is actually ideal. Skip foundation and opt for a glow-enhancing BB cream instead. ClarityRx It’s Becoming Concealing Moisturizer ($52 in the shop) releases encapsulated pigment which adapt to your own skin color to provide natural coverage with a radiant finish.

Protect your peepers
The sun’s rays are harsh and drying on the thin skin around the eyes, which lacks oil glands like the rest of our face. Protect the delicate area by wearing sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV protection to filter both UVA and UVB rays. You can further protect yourself with wraparound frames that offer more coverage to areas that are prone to wrinkling. Morning and evening, smooth on an eye cream that both nourishes and repairs. Try Skin 2 Skin Revitalizing Eye Gel ($49) with a high concentration of arnica extract and aloe vera juice to hydrate and soothe, plus peptides and vitamin C to stimulate collagen.

Slough off dead skin  
Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin cells and prevents congestion that can cause clogged pores and body blemishes. One of the most effective ways to exfoliate your body is to gently massage a scrub over dry skin using gentle, circular motions before you shower at night. Try Stemulation Micro Derm Scrub ($34 in the shop). Follow up with body lotion and don’t forget to apply sunscreen the morning after to protect the freshly revealed skin.   

Love your legs
It’s shorts and sundress season, so show your legs some extra TLC. The trick to great summer legs is to ensure light reflects off the skin's surface; this will make them appear smoother, more radiant and will even camouflage the look of cellulite. Exfoliation followed by body lotion will help. But to really treat aging and dimpled legs, look for an advanced body cream. Stemulation Relance Body Lotion ($98 in the shop) is one of the only lotions to use human stem cells in order to improve crepey skin and increase firmness and tone.



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