Ah – the warmth of the summer sun! Welcome to the season for strolling outside, eating meals on the deck, and hitting the beach. And beyond being a fun time of the year, sun exposure boasts other benefits, such as improving bone health and brain function, easing mild depression, enhancing your immune system, and improving sleep quality.
For more on how to take best advantage of this special time of year, check out this latest post from guest blogger, Cassie Brewer…
One thing to keep in mind about this sunshiney time of year, though, is that you must pay special attention to your skin. Too much sun exposure can be tough on your exterior. However, there are ways to prepare your skin for this time of year so that you may fully enjoy the wonderful weather! Keep reading to learn the best way to be ready for even the sunniest day.
Eat the right things – your diet can actually affect how your skin handles sun exposure. To provide it with the nutrients it needs to help prime your skin for the sun, eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables. These are helpful because they contain antioxidant compounds. So stock up your fridge now with all of your produce favorites!
Stay hydrated – the more exposure you have to the sun, the more you can expect your skin to dry out. And the drier your skin is, the more vulnerable it will become to UV rays. It’s important to combat that dehydration, and that can be done in several ways. First, regularly use a light and breathable moisturizer each day after your bathe. Drinking at least eight cups of water per day is another effective way to keep your skin moisturized (and it has a wide range of other important health benefits, too). The moisture in your skin ensures its protective layer is present, so get drinking and lathering!
Progressively expose your skin – especially after not receiving as much exposure during the winter months, you will want to gradually introduce your skin back to the sun. As the season starts ramping up, begin enjoying frequent short sessions outside, going outside for a bit longer each time. Soon enough, your skin will be ready to face the sun for as long as you’d like. Always remember to use sunscreen to protect your skin, though, no matter how little time you will be spending outside.
Exfoliate – gentle and regular exfoliation is a great way to prepare your skin for the summer months ahead. Exfoliation gets rid of dead and dry skin, helping your skin to remain soft and to retain its moisture. We recommend exfoliating with a scrub or gentle exfoliation tool two to three times a week, especially during the summer. You can even make some of your own scrubs using essential oils, which will have a myriad of benefits for your skin.
Spice it up – we already referenced what foods to add to your diet to help prep your skin for the season, but there a couple other items to be consumed as well. Ginger and cinnamon both have properties that help to stimulate elastin and collagen production to aid in skin rejuvenation. Incorporate both of these delicious flavors into your diet and your skin will thank you for it!
It’s so important to prepare your skin for its exposure to the sun. Taking these measures will prevent harmful sunburns that could increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Keep your glow healthy and your body happy – and don’t forget to enjoy the summer sun while you’re at it!
This guest post was graciously written by make-up professional, Cassie Brewer. Cassie lives in Southern California and, in her free time, enjoys writing about her passion (make-up of course!) and everything beauty related. Nothing makes her happier than helping others be the best version of themselves they can be. You can read more at cassiebrewer.weebly.com and follow her on twitter @Cassiembrewer