7 Summer Skin Tips
1. Avoid washing with hot water. Although it feels nice, hot water strips your skin of its natural oils. Wash with luke warm water instead.
2. Exfoliate a few times a week. According to Health Magazine, “warm weather increases perspiration and oil production, leading to speedier accumulation of dead cells”. Exfoliating will remove those dead skin cells and allow moisturizers to better sink in.
2. Moisturize last, it helps lock in the moisture.
3. Use a separate sunscreen, rather than a moisturizer with SPF. The addition of SPF leaves less room for active ingredients in your moisturizer. Make sure to apply daily and reapply if you’re out in the sun. Sun damage accelerates the effects of aging and increases your risk for developing skin cancer!
4. Avoid products formulated with parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, fragrance and phthalates as they irritate skin. Plus, do you really want those gross toxins and chemicals sinking into your body anyways?!
4. Drink up. Higher temperatures causes increased dehydration, which can lead to dry skin and breakouts. Water helps flush out toxins and add moisturize to your skin. According to the Institute of Medicine, an adequate intake for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of water a day and 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) for women. Make sure to up this amount if you’re working out or drinking caffeinated beverages!
5. Keep blotting papers on hand. Our faces tend to get greasier in the summer, blotting papers are great for removing surface oil and leaving your skin with a clean, matte finish.
6. Get your omega-3s! Load up on healthy fats such as raw nuts, flax seed, hemp seeds, avocado, coconut and olive oils. Dermatologist and skin care expert Nicholas V. Perricone, MD reports that “foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids help reduce the body’s production of inflammatory compounds — natural chemicals involved in the aging process, that affect how healthy the skin looks and feels”.
7. Eat probiotics and fermented foods. Both have healthy bacteria, which helps to ease digestion, enhance immunity and decrease inflammation in the body (all proponents of good skin). In addition, fermented foods provide enzymes that help to better absorb minerals, vitamins and nutrients. Keifer, kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, and miso are great sources of probiotics.