What do we love best about summer? It forces us to slow down and embrace the uncomplicated life. Long, lazy days mean shedding tight schedules and putting responsibilities on the back burner while soaking up the sun. Before you don your favorite sunglasses and grab a drink, however, it’s important that you prep your skin to keep it healthy and glowing all summer long. Luckily, our best-ever summer skincare tips are anything but complicated. In fact, you only need three steps to protect your skin and show it some summer love. Let’s not complicate things: here are the easiest ways to get your glow on all season long.
- SPF, SPF, SPF
You know that SPF is the most important ingredient for healthy summer skin. But you might not know that the products you choose and even the way you apply them can have an effect on your skin. Opting for makeup that contains SPF, for example, isn’t going to give you the protection you need. The truth is that for most products, you’d have to apply a minimum of a full teaspoon of foundation to get its full SPF benefits. Since most of us only apply a fraction of that, it’s best to choose a standalone SPF product to fully protect your skin.
Think of SPF as a step in your routine. It’s just as important as primer, foundation, or concealer. By taking the time to apply it separately (after moisturizer but before makeup), you’ll know you’re protecting your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Need to reapply during the day? Try buffing it on with a beauty blender to refresh your coverage without messing up your makeup.
- Fight Free Radicals
The sun isn’t your only enemy when it comes to protecting summer skin: free radicals can also take their toll. Spending more time outside means your skin will come in contact with things like pollution and heat, which can cause oxidative stress. This can result in wrinkles, dark spots, blemishes, and sallow coloring. Your best defense? A vitamin C serum. These are designed to fight back against free radical damage.
VitaCorrect™ Solution contains triple dose antioxidants and can be your best ally in the battle against the visible signs of free radical damage. It visibly reduces dark spots, plus helps fight the emergence of future dark spots. It even addresses the visible signs of photoaging from years in the sun. The best news? It helps noticeably improve dark spots caused by both sun damage and aging.
Combine a vitamin C formula with sun protection and adequate hydration so the summer months don’t do a number on your skin.
- Edit Your Routine
Our final summer skincare tip? Edit your routine. You don’t need to overhaul your entire skincare regimen just for the summer, but it is a good idea to give your products a summer edit. Hotter temperatures mean skipping the heavy creams and makeup for a lighter hand, so look for products that are oil-free and have a lighter consistency. It’s a good idea to edit your skincare, too. A mattifying cleanser and moisturizer can help banish shine, while gel-based products feel lighter on your skin. Skip heavy foundation and opt for a tinted moisturizer and spot concealer. Need to add some color? Sheer cream blushes or liquid tints give you a healthy flush without adding another layer to heat-stressed skin.
Luckily, summer has a way of giving you a gorgeous glow. Embrace it and save the heavy products for cooler weather.