When the days grow longer and temperatures get hotter, it’s time to make the switch from your winter beauty regimen to a more summer-friendly routine. Regardless of your skin type or hair texture, you will still need to make some changes to accommodate the heat and humidity.
These top five summer beauty tips will help keep you looking and feeling gorgeous all summer long.
1. Slather on the SPF
You can never have too much sunscreen. While you should be wearing sunscreen year-round, it is especially critical during the summer months because of the increased intensity of the sun’s UV rays. Sunscreen not only protects you from the discomfort of a sunburn, but it keeps your skin looking young and healthy for years to come.
Look for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection with a rating of at least SPF35 and be sure to reapply every few hours to keep the protection from wearing off.
2. Hydrate Your Skin
You should definitely up your water intake during the summer, but you should also be sure to keep your skin topically hydrated as well. Properly moisturized skin is able to maintain a barrier against things like bacteria and free radicals while dry skin is more prone to breakouts and irritation. This means that skimping on skincare can cause sunburns and chlorine to take an even bigger toll on your looks than normal.
3. Update Your Foundation
Using your winter foundation on sun-kissed summer skin is a quick way to look washed out. Once you’ve been outside long enough to get a little bronze, you should switch to a slightly darker tinted moisturizer so that your face matches the rest of your body. Plus, using a lighter, more breathable formula is a great way to keep your pores from getting clogged.
4. Use a Clarifying Shampoo
Between the sun, sea salt, and pool chlorine, your hair can easily turn into a brittle, dry mess. While blondes and those with color-treated hair need to be especially careful of this, it can happen to even the healthiest hair. Invest in a good, clarifying shampoo and a UV protectant styling product to keep your hair shiny and free from chemical buildup all summer long.
5. Exfoliate Gently
Though your first inclination may be to scrub at rough skin, gentle products will give you better results. Use a soft sugar scrub on hands and feet, dry brush your body gently once a week and invest in a Konjac sponge for your weekly facial. It’s important to slough off dead skin, but scrubbing too harshly will actually damage the healthy, new skin underneath.
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