The sun isn’t just good for you—it’s good for your skin, too! The ultraviolet radiation from the sun, if you’re exposed to it in moderation, stimulates the production of melanin and helps to clear away dead skin cells that are stuck on your skin’s surface. With this in mind, it might seem counterintuitive to wear sunscreen when you go outside since it blocks the UV rays that will help your skin look radiant and glowing.
A lot of people think moisturizing is only for dry skin, but moisturizing also helps reduce aging signs. Look for a daily moisturizer with SPF in it; it will help protect you from sun damage while also keeping your skin looking younger and more vibrant. Don’t forget about sunscreen: It’s summertime, which means that you should be spending lots of time outside—which also means that you should be using a sunscreen every day. If possible, try using an oil-free moisturizer with SPF in it so that your face doesn’t look too shiny when applying makeup or going out on a hot day. The best way to moisturize your skin is by using skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid (HA). HA holds up to 1000 times its weight in water, which makes it a great ingredient for hydrating and plumping up your skin.
2) Drink Water
As we sweat in the summer heat, our body loses water. Drinking water keeps our skin feeling hydrated and healthy. While drinking eight glasses of water each day is a good goal, it’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re outside all day. So if you don’t feel like your body is getting enough water, try hydrating your body with fresh juice or smoothies throughout the day. If you have sensitive skin, then be sure to drink filtered water instead of tap water. Tap water can contain chemicals that can make your skin break out.
Water is one of the best ways to clear acne. When water enters into contact with your skin cells, they swell up and puff up. Bacteria trapped within these swollen cells become trapped under layers of dead cell skins, causing them to dry up and eventually fall off on their own. Studies show that people who drank eight glasses of water each day had significantly less acne than those who didn’t drink any water at all!
3) Eat Healthy Foods
Eating a healthy and balanced diet is essential in keeping your skin looking amazing. Eating a diet rich in vitamin C, zinc, antioxidants, and omega-3s can help reduce breakouts and repair damage caused by pollution and other elements. Make sure you’re getting these nutrients through fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, eggs, and nuts. If you’re having trouble getting enough of these nutrients in your diet, make it easier on yourself by taking them as supplements.
4) Wear Sunscreen
Don’t Forget Sunscreen: It’s hard to believe that summer is almost here again! The sun may be warming up, but don’t forget about protecting your skin from its harmful rays. Don’t Go Overboard with Sunscreen: While sunscreen is necessary for sun protection, using too much of it can cause more harm than good. Be Aware of How Much Sun You Get: We all know that exposure to sunlight causes us to get tan, but too much sun can cause premature aging, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. It’s best to avoid direct sunlight during peak hours (10 am – 4 pm) when UV rays are strongest. A thick layer of sunscreen that covers every inch of your body will block natural vitamin D production in your skin, which means you’ll need to be exposed to more sunlight just to get enough D. Protecting your face is especially important because most damage happens there. Using a moisturizer with SPF or wearing a hat during midday hours are great ways to protect your face without covering it completely with sunscreen.
5) Get Sufficient Sleep
A lack of sleep triggers premature aging and dulls skin, but that’s just one side effect. Lack of sleep also significantly impacts your metabolism, as it affects hormonal balance—but you already knew that. We all have a pretty good sense of how sleep impacts our weight-loss efforts and muscle gain. Be prepared, get enough rest! To keep your skin healthy and looking amazing in summer: Don’t skip out on sleep. Sleep is important for every aspect of health and well-being, including energy levels, mood stability, stress management, and immune function. You can easily see why we should prioritize sleep! It helps maintain stable blood sugar levels by balancing cortisol production. And who doesn’t want a clear complexion?
BONUS: Reduce the use of products on your skin
Don’t Use Too Many Products: Using too many products on your face can be just as bad for your skin as not using any at all. While there are tons of great products out there that are great for keeping your skin hydrated and protected from sunburn, many products also contain harsh chemicals that strip away moisture from your face and cause irritation or worse.