Switch your makeup
Heavier liquid foundation might work great for your skin in the cooler months, but if you’re battling shine mixed with sweat, opting for a powder or mineral makeup this summer might help combat your overly-glowing skin. Keep some oil-absorbing sheets handy in your purse, too, to blot the shine away.
Chow down on antioxidants
Crisp, juicy berries are not only a refreshing and healthy summer snack, they’re also good for your skin. Antioxidants provide the skin and body defenses to fight off harmful free radicals. Look for skin care products with antioxidants to get the potent vitamins your skin needs. You will repair skin damage, which will lead to visibly younger-looking skin. Antioxidant-rich foods have a protective effect on the skin which may help prevent premature aging and promote healthy cells. Cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries are the top among fruits, while beans, artichokes, and Russet potatoes rank highest among vegetables. Pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts are also great sources in the nut family.
Always Wear Sunscreen
Sunscreen should be applied year-round. Wear SPF 30 or higher for the best-possible protection. Reapply as needed when taking part in outdoor summer activities. Keep in mind that sunscreens have expiration dates. Be sure to throw away any expired products. The cost of a new sunscreen is well worth the peace of mind that you are protected. Protection from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. UVA and UVB rays can cause Sunburn, Brown spots (sun spots), Faster skin aging and Increased skin cancer risk. Obagi has you covered! The best SPF can be found here: http://obagi.com/patients/product-line/sun-shield/overview
Don’t be a statistic
Yeah, yeah, you know excessive sun is bad for you, but for a lot of us the message still isn’t getting through. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types, and more than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. Even if you don’t develop cancer, you’ll likely prematurely age your skin and have to deal with a spotty and uneven face. Sunscreen isn’t the only way to protect yourself; consider light layers, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and staying out of the sun during peak strength hours (10 AM to 4 PM). For more information about skincare and protection, check out Hylunia’s blog on Preventing Sun Damage, Aging and Protecting your Summer Skin!
Getting enough water is even more important in the summer with extra sweating, activity, and sun exposure. Stay consistently hydrated throughout the day for healthy skin, hair….healthy everything, really. Be sure to hydrate your skin externally as well, especially if you get burned (what did we say about sunscreen!?) or have been spending time in chlorinated pools. You may think you can’t use any oil-containing products during the summer, but a little oil maintains skin’s natural levels; drying it out too much will actually cause skin to overproduce oil. Try a high-quality virgin coconut oil–smells deliciously like summer already. We’ve also got some fabulous Hylunia and Obagi Hydrating products, check them out!
Let yourself chill out
If your work schedule is just as crazy during the summer or you have kids to chase after, relaxing may not come as easy for you as the typical student on break. Make sure to take time to de-stress and breathe, especially if you have skin issues. “Stress can do a number on your skin and can result in acne lesions that are more inflamed and persistent,” says dermatologist Rania Agha, M.D. Stress can also “cause brittle nails and ridging of the nails, lead to hair loss, worsen or cause hives, and induce excessive perspiration.”
Book a skin treatment!
Consider pampering yourself with a facial, maybe some microdermabrasion, a chemical peel, some good old exfoliation; whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find a beauty and wellness professional here that can help you reveal your best skin this summer.