Just like that, summer is here + the sun is heating things up. To help you achieve a healthy glow all summer long, it’s important to properly prepare for sun exposure + to appropriately treat it afterward. So, grab a cool glass of water + read along for 6 easy steps to get your summer glow going.
1. Get Moisturized
To get your skin in tip-top shape this season + to keep dryness at bay, reach for a skin-nourishing moisturizer. Dewy skin isn’t only achieved by highlighting powder + makeup tricks. Your skin can truly be glowing by treating it to a daily hydrating treatment prior to stepping out into the summer sun. For the hotter month + to prevent breakdowns, use lightweight lotions + creams or, even better, reach for an oil-based serum which absorbs quickly.
We recommend: Refresh + Repair Serum
2. Exfoliate Dry Skin Away
Summer elements like increased pollution, humidity, SPF + sweat can all contribute to clogged pores. Clogged pores equal blackheads, pimples + a dry lackluster complexion. To help keep your pores clear, it’s important to slough away layers of build-up + dead skin cells. Exfoliating also helps your moisturizer really penetrate + hydrate your skin, allows your makeup to apply smoother contributes + leads to an overall glow for your skin.
We recommend: Honey + Lemon Exfoliating Face Scrub
3. Stay Hydrated for Supple Skin
Drinking more liquids keeps the cells in your body hydrated + functioning properly—this includes your skin. When your skin is dehydrated, it becomes tight, flaky, dry, and eventually wrinkly. So, reach for that water, drink down the minimum 8 glasses + relish how good you feel + how good your skin looks.
We recommend: To make plain water more enticing, drop in some citrus slices or a few pieces of fruit. Our personal favorites are a few cubes of frozen watermelon or a small handful of strawberry slices.
4. SPF Yourself!
Of course, you should always protect skin from harmful rays with a good, daily, non-toxic sunscreen. Experts recommend a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher on all exposed skin. Don’t forget about hands, feet, ears, and lips. Pro tip: Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to reapply.
We recommend: SPF 30 Sunscreen Stick
5. Enjoy the Sun from the Shade
Prevention is always the best protection so truly protect your skin from sun exposure + avoid getting a sunburn by staying out of direct rays. Take refuge in the shade, prop up a darling umbrella, or reach for that dramatic sun hat.
We recommend: Reaching for a lightweight cover-up that can be dipped into the water to keep cool while being protected from the sun.
6. Replenish Dehydrated Skin
Even if we are doing all the right things, sun-scorched skin still happens. If you find skin showing signs of a little extra time in the sun, be sure to replenish it to prevent peeling + flaking. The best choice is to apply a hydrating treatment or good ol’ aloe gel (natural not that green stuff). Once you’ve treated your skin, treat yourself to yet even more water. Since your body is working to counterattack the drying effects of too much sun, give it helping hand by tossing back a glass or two of water.
We recommend: Cooling After Sun Spray
Now that you’ve moisturized, exfoliated + hydrated, toss your water bottle, sunscreen, and sun hat into a bag + seek up some summertime fun!
Michelle + the Pantry Team