I don’t even know when we got to the end of July! As usual, we wait for summer all year long, and when it’s finally here, it lasts for just mere moments.
That’s why we should make the most of our summers: eat tasty foods, lounge by the pool, stay out as much as we can, travel, and have fun!
What we should also do in the summer is take care of ourselves, whether by eating light, doing more exercise, or by taking good care of our skin.
In our first Summer Vibes Series article, we talked about what to eat when it’s hot outside, and what to totally avoid. We talked about staying hydrated and pretty much everything that has to do with having a hot girl summer.
Now it’s time to tackle our skincare routine with some summer skincare tips that will leave you glowing and looking fresh and healthy
How can you take care of your skin during summer?
The two main things you can do is take care of your skin from the inside and from the outside.
There are as many summer tips for skin as there are people in this world, but there are some tips that should really be in your Skincare Bible.
Let’s see what you can do to give your skin a little love this summer:
Be gentle with your skin
During summertime, our skin is exposed to harsh sun rays and other contaminants so it needs us to treat it with extra kindness and love.
Opt for a gentle cleanser that will take away make-up and impurities, without affecting your skin’s delicate PH balance.
Gentle cleansers can help minimize the stripping of natural oils from the skin. That means your skin will stay healthy and glowing, without the risk of drying out or cracking.
Exfoliate once a week
If you’re a skincare geek (like me!), you already know that it’s recommended to exfoliate your skin (both face and body) once a week, all year round.
While it’s okay to skip this rule in the winter, you should really make sure to exfoliate regularly during summertime.
After all, you wouldn’t want your skin to look dull or extra oily when you’re out on the town, wearing your best outfit and smile.
I’ll let you in on a little secret: coffee makes an excellent natural exfoliator. You can prepare it at home using coffee grounds and coconut oil, or you can buy it already made. It leaves the skin as soft as a baby’s butt!
Make “moisturize” your word of the day
I don’t think I need to state the obvious, but here goes nothing:
Your summer skincare routine should include plenty of moisturizer!
Your skin needs as much hydration as possible in the hot months. Opt for a selection of nice light moisturizers, refreshing toner sprays, or some revitalizing night masks.
Nothing will make your skin more happy than a thought-out summer routine (using natural skincare products that smell as good as they feel.)
Minimal make-up? Yes, please!
Now is the perfect time to switch out your heavy make-up routine for a lighter, minimalistic look.
Change your normal foundation to a smooth BB cream with SPF included, and put away the concealer for the time being. Allow your skin to breathe.
Some great skincare tips for acne prone skin includes looking for noncomedogenic products only. They won’t clog your pores, nor will they make your skin erupt in unflattering pimples.
Keep it simple with just a bit of BB cream, mascara, and your favorite shade of lipgloss.
Give your skin some vitamin C
Your skin loves vitamin c!
This powerful antioxidant adds another layer of protection against harsh UV rays, and it also helps prevent and treat unwanted pigmentation caused by sun exposure.
Invest in a good vitamin c serum, and make sure to apply it everyday after cleansing. It can be used both in your morning and evening routine, but for best results, make sure to do it every morning!
Make sunscreen your best friend
I’d say this is the number one summer skincare tip ever: use SPF religiously! Not only for long days at the beach, it should be a daily habit!
This is non-negotiable and non-debatable! If you love your skin and know what’s good for you, you won’t ever leave the house without a good layer of SPF on your skin. Doctors recommend choosing a sunscreen product with at least SPF30. I personally recommend using SPF50 if you want to look youthful well into adulthood.
Applying SPF both on your face, and the exposed parts of your body should be the last step of your summer skincare routine.
An appropriate amount is half a teaspoon for your face and neck, and a full teaspoon for each limb.
But guess what? You’re not done yet. You should also make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours or so, when you’re outside for longer periods of time.
It may sound like a drag, but trust me, make SPF your bestie, and you’ll glow like a 20 year old when you’re in your 40s.
What does your skin need in the summer?
Now that we’ve established how your skincare routine should look this time of the year, let’s see what else you can do to make yourself glow brighter than the sun.
Thirsty doesn’t look good on anyone
I know you know how important hydration is for your well-being.
Well, it’s equally important for your skin, especially in summer.
Drink as much water as you can, if not the recommended daily intake. Plus, watch your electrolytes and healthy intake of fats, too.
Electrolytes also keep the body hydrated, while healthy fats like avocado support the skin barrier.
Keep your showers short
During summer, it’s normal to take more showers than usual since all that sweat makes our skin feel clammy and uncomfortable.
However, overshowering can do more harm than good.
It’s better to keep your summer showers under the 4-5 minute mark.
Showering too much, or in water that is way too hot, can cause dry skin and even eczema.
Stay in shade, don’t throw shade
Ideally, you should always wear sunscreen, wide brim hats, and sunglasses when you’re out and about.
If you go to the beach, don’t expose yourself completely to the sun.
Tanned skin is hot, but sunburn is not!
Protect your skin by staying in the shade as much as you can, under a large umbrella.
What to eat for glowing skin?
Treating your skin to a beauty queen routine is just one part of the job. The other part is to mind what you eat.
After all, healthy skin also comes from within.
Let’s check out some of the delicious foods for glowing skin:
- Avocados. They are rich in healthy fats that will maintain your skin’s barrier. Your skin will stay moisturized and firm for a longer time.
- Dark chocolate. Rejoice! You can indulge in a tasty treat from time to time, as cocoa powder is rich in beneficial antioxidants. They hydrate and smoothen the skin, making it less prone to sunburn.
- Walnuts. They contain vitamin e, vitamin c, zinc and selenium, all of which promote healthy skin.
- Salmon. It's an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acids that help your skin look supple and radiant. More so, it can reduce inflammation, redness, and pimples.
- Watermelon. This fruit is a blessing for your skin’s health. It can help you achieve that glow in the summertime.
- Pomegranate. It has many health benefits, especially when it comes to giving you glowing, clear, and healthy skin.
Is retinol safe to use in summer?
If you’re a big fan of retinol, I feel you, sister!
It’s widely known as a powerful serum that tackles aging, reducing the appearance of fine lines, enlarged pores, and pigmentation.
You might have heard that it’s not a good idea to use retinol during the summer months. While that is a myth, it has a certain level of truth to it.
Retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so many women avoid using it in summer.
You don’t have to be so drastic though! Just be a little bit more careful, and always pair your serum with sunscreen.
Use this super serum at night only, before going to bed, and counteract it with lots of sunscreen during the day (which you should be doing anyway, wink wink!).
Can you tan if you use retinol?
If you plan on going to the beach the next day, skip the retinol from your skincare night routine.
Retinol acts as a powerful exfoliator, making your skin more delicate while using it, which is why exposure to UVA and UVB rays is not a great idea.
Make sure to stay in the shade and apply and reapply a generous amount of SPF, just like you would any other day when you’re tanning at the beach.
If you’re planning to use a self tanner, be aware that it doesn’t mix well with retinol. If you apply the serum on top of a tan, your tan won’t last long and will vanish rather quickly..
Home remedies for superb skin
Maybe you like trying out the latest skincare trends and you don’t mind spending half of your paycheck on skincare products (I admit I do that sometimes).
But having great skin actually doesn’t have to cost you a kidney!
There are some great home remedies you can prepare that will leave your skin glowing as if you’ve used some fancy cream.
Let’s check out what you can concoct in your own kitchen:
For that bright, glowing look
Are you dreaming of porcelain skin, even in summer? This neat remedy helps you keep your skin natural and healthy.
Mix a teaspoon of milk with two spoons of oatmeal. Add in a tablespoon of tomato juice, a bit of orange juice, and some poppy seeds. Blend it all together until the mixture becomes thick.
You’ve just made an inexpensive anti-tanning scrub! You can apply it on your face and neck and leave it on until it dries. Scrub it off gently while rinsing.
Did you forget to put enough sunscreen on (tsk, tsk!)?
We’ve got some quick home remedies for you!
Apply buttermilk directly to the skin. It will relieve the burning sensation from the sunburn, and it will also lighten your skin.
Another great sunburn remedy is to apply fresh aloe vera gel on the areas that need it. It will soothe the skin and heal sunburns rapidly.
Watermelon sugar high
Did you know that watermelon juice is an amazing skin toner?
It cools the skin down, leaving it soft and refreshed.
What more could you want?
You can easily mix together fruits like bananas, papayas, apples, or oranges and apply them to your face. Keep the fruity face mask on for about half an hour.
While bananas make your skin firm, papayas clear the dead skin cells, and apples tone it nicely.
Ready to feel and look like a million bucks?
Follow our simple summer skincare tips and you’ll steal the show everywhere you go with your radiant, healthy skin.