I have terribly pale skin, so every summer is a fight against dry, burnt skin and frizzy hair. My body just seems to despise the outdoors, despite my love for them and every season its a battle. This year, I have been reading up, studying, and working on what tips I need to keep my skin and body looking great, even after a baby. After looking, I’m here to give you my favorite tips to keep a beach body to be unashamed of!
Tip #1: Water
Being married to my husband, I know he is always going to be on my case about hydration. If he wasn’t crazy enough about it, his military training taught him just how essential water is. And the benefits are endless: it keeps your skin clearer. It speeds your metabolism. It lubricated joints. It energizes muscles. It boosts your immune system. Water is truly a must to look and feel great. To make sure you drink enough, divide your body weight in half. That is the number of ounces of water you need to drink EVERY DAY. It seems like a lot, but, the effects will be noticeable within a few days.
Tip #2: Skin Protection
Skin protection does not always mean 30 SPF sunscreen. For me, it does, but not necessarily for you. Lower intensity sunscreen is not bad; everybody needs a little vitamin D. But, overexposure can put you in pain for days and leave you skin dry. If you have skin that is more resistant to sun damage, stay at a low SPF, such as 4 or 5. For more delicate complexions, slathering up with 30 SPF will do the trick of warding off that sunburnt lobster color. Read the labels of sunscreens to ensure you are reapplying as recommended!
Tip #3: Exercise
Exercising does more than burn calories. A workout of equivalent difficulty to your skill will leave you feeling energized. And, it helps with pimples. When you sweat, the unnatural oils from in your pores are pushed out. Once you wash your face with a gentle cleanser, those oils are washed away, and all that is left is natural beauty. A light workout 4 to 5 times a week will work wonders. There is no need for expensive routines or equipment, go for a power walk or light jog in the mornings to get some fresh air, then reap the benefits of a great workout.
Tip #4: Exfoliation
As great as exfoliation, it is something to stay weary of in the hot summer months. Exfoliating before sun exposure leave you more prone to burning because the top layer of your skin has been recently exposed, and as a result is more sensitive. If you exfoliate, make sure to bump up your SPF for the day to make sure you won’t burn yourself up.
Tip #5: Skin Cleanser
Although you may normally need a strong cleanser for your face, the summer may be a reason to tone it down. With the outdoor heat and sun, summer is a much harsher environment for your skin. Make sure you aren’t drying it out with deep cleaners that strip your pores of their natural oils. Try a makeup removing cleanser or one for sensitive skin. You may need to use fewer masks or one that is more organic. And lastly, use a good facial moisturizer and normal lotion on your body.
Keeping your skin looking great in the summer can be hard. Make sure to follow these tips to help make it a little bit easier. Remember, everybody is different so some people’s ideal skin care regimen may differ slightly. And also, stress and negative attitudes will affect your overall look and feeling. Make sure to stay positive for that energy boost and glowing smile. Nothing is more beautiful than optimism.