Just when you thought the harsh, skin-parching effects of winter were behind us, here comes summer. Like winter skincare, summer skincare offers its own set of challenges. Summer skincare is not only about keeping skin looking its best, it’s also about maintaining skin health. From hydration to exfoliation and beyond, here are five tips to keep your skin in tip-top shape this summer:
- Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen – Sure, my last post focused on the importance of protecting summer skin from the sun. It’s a top skin health tip that bears repeating. As part of daily skincare, protect exposed skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. For more details about sunscreen, visit the Skin Cancer Foundation. For information about sunscreen safety testing, check out the Environmental Working Group Best Sunscreens.
- Cleanse – Summer skin requires a cleanser thorough enough to remove sunscreen and excess oils without stripping skin. Check out the Actifirm skincare line of cleansers. All offer thorough yet gentle cleansing for your skincare regimen.
- Exfoliate – Summer heat, chlorine, and dry air-conditioned spaces can take a toll on summer skin. Exfoliation is key to fresh, glowing face with optimal skin health. Actifirm Z-Peel is an ideal choice for summer skin. The Z-Peel exfoliates only dead skin cells, so no living skin is damaged. Compared to other peels, the Z-Peel causes minimal photosensitivity (5% or less), so you can enjoy time outdoors immediately after treatment. (Don’t forget the sunscreen!)
- Hydrate – Skin may seem oilier in the summer, but for the same reasons you need to exfoliate, you need to moisturize summer skin. Consider using a less heavy moisturizer for summer skin that hydrates without causing breakouts. Actimoist Booster is an ideal choice for summer skincare because it hydrates dry spots without over-hydrating areas like the t-zone.
- Drink Water – A skin moisturizer isn’t the only way to hydrate. When you hydrate from the inside with plenty of water, your skin health will show it. A good rule of thumb for hydration is to get a minimum of 8 8-ounce glasses of water each day, or more if exercising or spending time outdoors in summer heat.
Summer is no time to skimp on skincare, and a few simple measures will assure skin health all season long. Next up, we’ll look at summer makeup trends for 2014.exfoliate, hydrate, skin health, Skincare, Summer skin