5 Ways to Prepare Your Skin for Summer

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY DIANE SMITH

 

Winter has the most damaging effects on the skin. This is especially true for those who have dry and dull skin. The humid cold weather outside and the dry air inside only make the condition worse. However, once the winter is over, we should use the spring to prepare our skin for the hot summer months. With the proper skin-care routine, you’ll have glowing and healthy-looking skin all summer long.

Exfoliate

A healthy skin regimen requires regular skin exfoliation, regardless of the season. This is one of the quickest ways to get smooth, glowing skin. However, you should do it carefully, so you don’t end up with irritated skin. The whole point of exfoliation is to remove dead skin cells, and reveal new glowing skin. Scrubs, polishing cloths and brushes can be the perfect exfoliation treatment, buffing off the dead skin cells. Get scrubs with granular ingredients to achieve deep exfoliation and remove all the build-up dirt from the skin.

Remove hair gently

During the hot summer months, you can finally uncover those beautiful legs and show off some skin. However, you must prepare the skin beforehand, by shaving or waxing. No matter the type of hair removal you choose, it’s important not to expose the skin to the sun at least for 48 hours after the treatment. According to experts, hair follicles are vulnerable after the removal process, and they’re also prone to irritation. This is why skin may be very sensitive after laser removal, waxing and even shaving. However, we always tend to take care of our legs in a much shorter time span, so it’s good to use an oil-free sunscreen to buffer the tender skin after shaving. Leave it on for five minutes and add a bit of talc-free baby powder.

Get rid of acne

Acne can be unflattering, whether it appears on the face or the body. The blazing summer months call for as little clothes as possible, and you should make sure you don’t break out in places that are uncovered during this time of year. If you exfoliate your back, chest or any other part of the body that’s covered in acne, if you don’t pick them and use appropriate ingredients to treat them, acne won’t pose such a big problem. Invest in products with salicylic acid to slough off the dead skin cells and kill the bacteria that cause breakouts.  

Protect the skin from UV rays

Damaging UV rays are their strongest during the summer, so you must protect your skin from them the best you can. UltraCeuticals sunscreens with a protective SPF factor will protect the skin and help you stay safe when exposed to the sun. You should also consider improving your diet to help your skin fight the damage. Tomato is perfect for keeping you safe from sunrays. Considering it’s rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that fights sunburn, redness and swelling, you should eat it every day during the summer to keep the effects of damaging UV rays as low as possible.

Foot care

Wearing boots during the winter can cause a couple of problems to your feet. Alongside dry skin, you can also experience calluses and thicker skin on your heels. Therefore, treat yourself with a nice nourishing pedicure before you put on those gorgeous sandals. If you don’t have time for an appointment, you can always be your own pedicurist. Use a foot file to remove dead skin cells, and moisturize your feet with a rich emollient cream. Wrap the feet up with a plastic wrap and put on a pair of cotton socks. Leave it like that overnight.

When the winter is over, you must prepare your skin for the summer. With these suggestions, your skin will look flawless, stay gentle and you’ll be able to show it off in that short dress, skirt or shorts.

 

1 Comment

  • badger1899 May 12, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Great tips!

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