Summer Skin Care Tips
Hot and humid weather, as well as chlorinated or salt water, all take their toll on our skin during summer. Here are some helpful summer skin care tips for keeping your skin safe and beautiful all season long.
DON'T NEGLECT YOUR SKIN
Most aging to the skin occurs in the summertime. Your best defenses against skin aging from sun exposure is consistent application of sun protection, facials and a regular skin care routine.
WEAR SUNSCREEN TO CUT BACK ON SUN DAMAGE
Recent skin research from UCLA determined that 78% of all the sun damage is from incidental exposure. This may occur from simply walking from your office or home to your car or driving. To avoid unnecessary sun exposure, wear a moisturizer with sun block ingredients, in addition to wearing a sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater. Whether you wear SPF 15 or SPF 30 doesn’t really matter. How often you reapply your sunscreen is more important. There’s little difference between the protection of SPF 15 and SPF 30 – only about 4%, and it’s even less in the higher numbers. So remember, the key is to reapply your sunscreen at least every two hours. Slather it on!
USE COLD YOGURT TO SOOTHE A SUNBURN
Layering lotion on sunburned skin traps heat, keeping the skin red longer. Skin needs to breathe to let out heat. Cold plain yogurt acts as an anti-inflammatory and heat remover. Apply, let dry for 15 minutes, and rinse. Repeat every hour.
USE HAND CREAM THAT CONTAINS SUNSCREEN
The majority of aging on hands (sun spots and wrinkles) is attributable to driving with your hands on the steering wheel. Use a hand cream with an SPF of at least #15 each day.
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN, KEEP YOUR PRODUCTS IN THE REFRIGERATOR
If you have redness or rosacea-like symptoms, constant summer heat may keep your skin red and irritated. Refrigerate your products so that when you use them, the cold reduces the dilation of the capillaries and reduces visible redness.
ANTIOXIDANTS, TOPICALLY AND INTERNALLY
One of the main sources of damaging free radicals is through sunlight. Research indicates that antioxidants in topical skin care products and taken internally through fruit and vegetable sources like spinach, tomatoes, berries and sweet potatoes, can provide your skin and body with the defense it needs to fight off damaging free radicals which increase aging.
DON'T RELY ONLY ON YOUR SUNSCREEN
Reapply every one or two hours if you are out in the sun, because your sunscreen will wear off, sweat off and wash off. Be sure to wear a hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing as well for added protection to guard your skin against sun damage. Avoid the sun if you want to look young! Any exposure to sun may cause damage to your skin. And don’t exclude tanning beds, as they are even worse.
BLOT, BLOT, BLOT
Summer months produce extra oils on your skin, which is unavoidable. Keep the shine under control with oil blotting paper. If you find yourself in a pinch, try using the paper for toilet seat covers in public restrooms, which are similar to expensive oil blotting papers. Tear off a piece and press firmly on the skin. Voila!
GET YOUR ZZZZS
Most Americans, especially women, are sleep deprived; causing you to be grouchy, drowsy, and forgetful, and it will also wreak havoc on your skin. An extra hour each night will make a huge difference.
WASH MAKEUP BRUSHES OFTEN AND SUN DRY
With the summer months bringing oilier skin, your makeup brushes may carry bacteria and oil in the bristles, resulting in breakouts and clogged pores. Use a tablespoon of gentle cleanser in a glass of warm water to clean your brushes by swishing them until there’s lather. Rinse, detangle with a clean comb and dry out in the sun in an upright glass. The sun will destroy bacteria and dry your brushes faster.
The #1 cause of lines and wrinkles is sun exposure. If you want to look young, avoid the sun. It's really that simple. A little sun damage = a little damage. A lot of sun = a lot of damage.
SUNSCREEN INGREDIENTS IN PRODUCTS
When deciding on products to give you extra sun protection here are some ingredients to look for: avocado oil, coconut oil, emu oil, grapeseed oil and extract, honey, jojoba oil, red raspberry seed oil, rice bran oil, shea butter, tamanu oil, vitamin C, and zinc oxide.
6/6/2011 11:44:00 pm
these are very effective for summer, i wonder though do you have any suggestions for other type of seasons?
6/23/2011 04:23:09 am
You and your products are an absolute inspiration to me, Stephanie. Much success!
6/23/2011 09:32:44 am
Adding to the list of natural products with some sunscreen capabilities... Seabuckthorn Berry Oil... I can't for the life of me find the research citation any more (had it at one time) but Russian research showed it has powerful anti UVA and B powers. I like the CO2 extract a LOT more than the cold pressed oil out of China.
6/23/2011 10:00:51 am
Thanks, Marge. Yes, sea buckthorn berry oil has amazing properties! Always a pleasure to hear from you.
6/23/2011 10:09:27 am
ooooh, I hadn't thought of daily sunscreen for my hands, I need to get on that, I can already see changes in the skin on my hands!!! Thanks!
6/23/2011 02:14:18 pm
Very informative and things that I didn't know. I had better read more. You always have interesting things to say Stephanie. Thanks. Kathy "Kate" Samas-Allen
6/23/2011 11:09:24 pm
Thanks for sharing these great tips!!
6/23/2011 11:13:32 pm
Thanks for sharing. Wonderful tips we all can use
6/23/2011 11:45:51 pm
Thank you for all your great products as well as the wonderful tips :)
6/24/2011 12:45:53 am
Wish I'd have known about the yogurt when the boys had their sunburns recently. I had the aloe plant, though I'm thinking the yogurt would have been much more soothing
6/24/2011 12:51:54 am
I always neglect my hands! You make a great point...sunscreen on the hands! Also, love the list of ingredients to look for in a sunscreen. Great article!
6/25/2011 03:30:56 am
These are great recommendations! But, a recent study found that sunscreens containing Oxybenzone and other toxic chemicals actually cause melanoma, so be sure to use an all-natural sunscreen devoid of harmful chemicals.
That's true, Pamela. I don't recommend any products using toxic chemicals.
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Welcome! I'm Stephanie (Jo to close friends), founder of EdenSong. Aside from my university studies, I have a natural passion for all things organic. I enjoy living and learning about natural ways, all things health related, cooking, gardening with herbs and flowers, photography, DIYing, yoga, bicycling, ballet, traveling and being with family and friends. A quirk of mine is my near obsession of Asian culture, particularly Korean history and its language. Would you like to know more? Find out about us.
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