Skin Care Summer Essentials

 

Summer is right around the corner and there are some essentials that you need in order to keep your skin glowing and healthy.

1. First thing’s first…..sunscreen!  My friend recently got married and I gave her and her husband 4 cans of spray on sun screen for their honeymoon in St. Lucia.  Yes, it’s that serious.  Her husband was grateful because his skin started peeling on their last vacation.

Sunscreen should be applied any time you’re going to be exposed to the sun.  People tend to forget when on vacation; just remember to pack it in your bag.  You’ll be thankful later.  Not using sunscreen can cause your skin to burn and peel as well as suffer from long term issues like sun spots (hyper pigmentation) or wrinkles.  Don’t forget behind your ears, chest, back and neck.  People tend to forget about those areas.

2. Don’t forget about lip care.

I like Jack Black’s lip balm.  It’s super affordable and keeps your lips moisturized long term.  It has SPF 15.

3. I don’t wear makeup to the beach, but if you do I suggest wearing a bb cream or tinted moisturizer with an spf.  These products are lighter than a foundation and the sunscreen will protect your face from the sun.  You can also add some bronzer to your chest, shoulders, and arms to create a sexy glowing look at the beach.

4. A face mist can be a life saver on a hot day at the beach.  There are several brands that make facial mists.  I like MAC’s Fix Plus.  I like to put it in the refrigerator before going to the beach, then I throw it in the cooler with my drinks to make sure it stays cool once I get there.  A few mists on your face will keep you cool and your skin hydrated.

5. Make sure you have plenty of water!  Not drinking enough can cause so many issues besides dehydrated skin.  I carry a meal water bottle with me everywhere in the summer.  I fill it up every time I see a water fountain.

Stay tuned for the next post on what not to do when going to the beach!

Skin Care Summer Essentials: Prepping Your Skin for the Beach

While enjoying that time at the beach there are things that you shouldn’t do prior to your beach trip in order to protect yourself.

If you suffer from hyperpigmentation from post acne scarring to age spots make sure you prep your skin with that in mind.  Either use a Vitamin C product (which protects from environmental factors and helps lighten dark marks) or if your dark spots need to be treated you should be using a product with hydroquinone, which will help lighten, and eventually get rid of the spots.


There are also things you shouldn’t do before going to the beach:

  1. Don’t exfoliate within 2-3 days before going to the beach.  If you exfoliate and happen to get sand on your body and/or face it can leave your skin irritated and feeling raw.  That includes physical (i.e. a scrub) and chemical exfoliators (i.e. retinol).
  2. Don’t have any invasive treatments done.  Microdermabrasion, certain facials that exfoliate, and chemical peels are just a few of the things that should also be avoided.  The sun can cause reverse damage, undo the benefits and even cause more issues.  If you are going to have one of these done wait for at least a week after you’ve left the beach.
  3. Treat damaged skin.  If you have skin that is broken, irritated, red, or extra dry treat that skin before going to the beach to avoid more irritation.  The sand will exfoliate your skin; if you go there with irritated skin it will just over exfoliate.
  4. Avoid dehydration by increasing your water intake.  Sometimes we end up being at the beach all day.  Make sure you have enough water in advance and take water with you to the beach.

Most importantly have fun while at the beach.  This list may sound like a lot but it’s not.  You and your skin will appreciate the preparation.

Stay tuned for the next post that explains what you should do while at the beach!