Summer is the best time of year to show off the skin you’re in, thanks to long, hot days and warm evening temperatures. But parading around in a bikini or even a tank top and shorts does require you to pay at least a modicum of attention to state of your skin. After all, you don’t want to blind everyone with your pasty, pale, winter skin. And you definitely don’t want to display ashy elbows and heels. That said, it’s important to protect your skin during the summer months when the daytime sun is prone to damage your delicate dermis, leading to pain, premature signs of aging, and potentially even worse health problems down the line. Luckily, the products you choose to use can help to stave off the sun and still accomplish the gorgeous, glowing skin that you’ll want to flaunt all summer long. Here are just a few must-have products to get you through the summer season.
A broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunblock is a must, even if you’re not actively spending time sunbathing or frolicking under the summer sun. Even hopping in your car to run errands during the day can expose you to the sun’s harmful UV rays. So you need to lather up on a daily basis, and of course, more frequently when you head out for hours of fun in the sun. You’ll want to look for products that are PABA and paraben-free (to avoid allergies and possible increased risk of some cancers). And any products that you plan to use on your face should also be non-comedogenic (so they won’t cause acne breakouts).
Bronzer and/or fake tanner. Since you’re probably not going to get a tan the natural way if you slather on sunblock as advised, you’ll need to get your golden glow by other means. Bronzers and fake tanners may both fit the bill. The best at-home tanning products are probably lotions that you use daily in order to build up a natural looking tan over time (and avoid telltale orange hands that give away the fact that you fake bake). But a good self-tan relies a lot on the prep work, which is to say, sloughing off dead skin and moisturizing before you put on products as a way to avoid streaking and patches. As for bronzer, you can use it all over your body, but it’s a lot easier to limit yourself to your face and dÃ©colletage.
Aloe vera gel. You can’t always avoid sunburns, but you can certainly soothe damaged skin by applying aloe vera. Look for all natural products or at least those that contain no alcohol – although alcohol has a cooling effect, it can dry your skin, ultimately causing more damage.
Gentle cleanser. Even in the summer, harsh cleansers containing alcohol and severe scrubs can leave your skin dry and irritated. So stick to a gentle cleansing foam like Cetaphil. Such products are a year-round staple that should be on every woman’s list of must-have beauty products. Regardless of the type of skin you have – whether it’s dry, oily, or combination – you need to make sure that you’re not doing more harm than good with your daily cleanser. You can always pair it with more targeted products to slather on after washing your face.
No matter what kind of makeup products you apply, it’s best to use an appropriate moisturizer between washing and makeup application. You might think you don’t need as much moisturizer during the summer months, and in truth, many people switch to a less emollient product when the weather gets hot and humid. But your skin still needs hydration, not to mention a barrier between pores and cosmetics. Whether you peruse affordable products delivered to your local stores by Supermarket Distributions of America or you purchase high-end items at pricy beauty counters, finding the right moisturizer for summer could help to keep your skin looking fantastic when you want to show it off the most.