Although women spent thousands of dollars every year on cosmetics, all that cover-up goes to waste if you’re not taking good care of your own skin. “Beauty” is an industry worth 170 billion dollars a year, if you can believe it—and the average woman will spend more than fifteen thousand dollars on makeup in her lifetime.
That’s not to say that cosmetics are bad for us, but as we head into summer it’s time to think about how well you’re taking care of the skin underneath. Paying attention to the health of your skin will have you looking younger, fresher, and more attractive than any amount of makeup can make up for.
You don’t want to be playing catch-up and cover-up with your skin health, so how can you keep your skin young and fresh? Here are six top tips for your skin this summer.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!
If you have to pick one thing to pay attention to for summer skin, it’s keeping yourself protected from the damaging UV rays of the sun.
Not only does sun exposure drastically increase your risk of skin cancer, it also destroys the “elastic” tissue that keeps your skin firm and fresh.
Look for moisturizers or foundations with sunscreen (SPF) included, and you won’t even have to add an extra step to your morning routine. And don’t forget that all your skin needs coverage. Don’t stop at your jawline when you apply sunscreen or SPF moisturizer; your neck and chest and limbs need the same protection.
Summer air has a tendency to be hotter and drier than spring and fall, and your skin cells need extra moisture. If you think about the difference between a grape and a raisin that’s a pretty good visual for your skin cells. If they don’t have enough water content to stay fresh and plump, they shrivel just like a grape becoming a raisin.
You don’t even need expensive or fancy-formula moisturizers; you just need enough moisture. Be liberal with your lotion, applying after your shower and even throughout the day.
Exfoliating, or scrubbing off dead skin cells, is an important component of skin care, but some women overdo it.
Whatever product you use for a facial scrub, you should probably not exfoliate more than a couple times a week. You do want to slough off the accumulating layer of dead skin cells, but you don’t want to damage the underlying layer of healthy cells.
Love Your Lips
Lip tissue is even more delicate than the rest of your facial skin, and it needs special attention. Don’t neglect your lips when you’re moisturizing your face.
Find a lipstick, gloss, or lip balm that will keep your lips moist through the day, and consider using Vaseline before you go to bed.
Enjoy Summer Fruits
Cantaloupe and other summer fruits are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients that your skin uses to stay healthy.
Cool yourself down with some chilled fresh fruits and know that you’re doing your skin a favor in the process!
Use Insect repellant
Bug bites are unsightly as well as uncomfortable, and there’s the additional risk of blood-borne diseases being transmitted by mosquito bite.
If you use a product like Avon’s Skin So Soft, which doubles as a moisturizer and bug repellant, you don’t even need to add an extra step to your maintenance routine.