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It's summertime and the living is easy, but this also means the season's harsh sun is beaming down on your skin. When the beach beckons and the pool pulls you in, stay smart and protected with all the right practices for a safe time in the sun.
Sunscreen is an obvious choice when at the beach, but when it comes to running errands, it's easy to forget to apply. Have no fear, we've got the 10 best tips to keep your skin radiant no matter where the next few months take you. From exercise regiments to daily diet and exfoliating routines, here are the best ways to achieve healthy, sun-kissed skin!
Click through the gallery for 10 must-have tips for healthy summer skin.
Even those short walks to lunch or running errands can put you at risk of too much sun exposure. Adding a healthy layer of face protecting sunscreen to your morning beauty routine is a critical don’t-skip-it step. Today’s advanced formulas combine powerful protection with an almost weightless feel so your makeup layers on silky smooth. Look for lotions enhanced with antioxidants for an extra skin-health boost.
While we never need an excuse to buy a new lipstick, sun protection for your lips means mandatory shopping! Whatever your color choice (we love everything from nude to red hot!), look for lip care with an SPF of at least 15. And consider lip balm vs. gloss for the summer, as balms tend to hydrate more and stay on longer.
When it comes to your body, Mother Nature knows best! Seasonal summer foods like watermelon, leafy greens, and berries have a higher concentration of water to help you stay hydrated in the heat. In addition to drinking your daily in-take of water, it’s healthy and smart to indulge in fresh, water rich foods. So go ahead and enjoy watermelon – it’s 91% water!
Summer’s best accessory: a sun kissed glow. But it's just not great for your skin, given the dangers of sunbathing. Salon spray tans, administered by a technician with an airbrush-type applicator, are an alternative, but weekly near-naked visits cost time and money. Thankfully you can get a sexy-sun-kissed look in the privacy of your own bathroom with salon-worthy results. The latest self-tanners offer spray mist application so you don’t have to worry about silly streaks or serious dry time. Bronzed and beautiful, your white sleeveless dress is calling your name.
Daily facials not in the cards? A gentle, daily exfoliating routine is your next best bet in the quest for softer, smoother, clearer skin. Exfoliating scrubs or soft face brushes used with gel and cream cleansers lift and wash away dead skin cells and clean out your pores for that awesome 'facial-effect.' And you can look in your mirror-mirror and know who is the fairest of them all.
Thanks to parasol-toting celebs like Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, and Cameron Diaz, pretty parasols keep trying to make a come back. In truth a little sun exposure is beneficial. But when a little becomes too much, your face needs serious skin revival: a triple threat approach. First, wash your face with cool water and a gentle cleanser to soothe skin. Next, apply a dark spot correcting serum to diminish sunspots, then follow up with a deep-acting moisturizer to re-hydrate and help fight wrinkles. Parasol or not, start your day strong by applying sunscreen all over.
Longer days, lighter clothing, and less makeup rule the season. Since going nude is a little, um, casual, opt for an all-in-one face fix. BB creams, aka beauty balms, are the absolute ‘IT Girls’ of skincare that instantly moisturize, even skintone, boost radiance, and illuminate your face with a skin perfecting glow. Still natural, still you (only better!), this all-encompassing beauty potion is the total package.
When life is a day at the beach (or pool), start smart and apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you head outdoors. Ideally, stand in front of your full-length mirror to make sure you don’t miss hard-to reach spots like the middle of your back and the back of your legs. Light, misty-sprays provide excellent coverage without the greasy-sticky feel. Confidently covered and perfectly protected, just grab your sunglasses, hat, magazines, and remember to reapply at least every two hours.
In addition to the obvious physical benefits, your fitness routine is a beauty ritual. Sweat, your body’s natural response to exercise, is a brilliant elixir that regulates your body temperature, releases trace amount of toxins*, and loosens dirt in your pores (that’s why you feel extra clean after your post workout shower!). Sweating also increases your circulation, improving your skin’s appearance with a healthy glow. So for extra beauty-oomph, do sweat the small stuff.
*Discovery Health/Discovery Communications; "Exercise Your Body -- And Your Skin." WebMD.
A sunny summer day is like a beauty challenge! Whether it’s an impromptu picnic in the park, a walk on the beach, or a road trip (sunroof open!), think early morning or late afternoon. According to the Center for Disease Control, the sun’s most harmful rays are between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, so smart precautions like a broad-spectrum high SPF sunscreen, plenty of shade, and lots of water will make for a beautiful adventure.