Sexy Summer Skin in 10 Simple Steps: The Ultimate Guide
Super Sexy Summer Skin in 10 Simple Steps
After going through a nasty winter, it’s hard to believe summer will ever get here. But don’t despair. Summer IS coming. And when it gets here, you’d better be ready for it.
So, what’s the best way to get your skin ready for summer? Good question. That’s what we’re going to focus on for the rest of this article. We’ll start now, with what you can do during the spring to make sure you’re ready for the hot weather. Then we’ll talk about what to do once the heat arrives to help you make the most of it. And finally, we’ll help you prepare just in case you overdo it and spend a little too long in the sun.
Okay, let’s dive in.
1. Get ready for summer by tightening and rejuvenating
As you get ready for fun in the sun this time around, take a moment and reflect on the damage the sun did last year. Yes, nothing beats the fun you can have outdoors in summer, but your skin always pays the price. There’s just no way around it.
All that smiling, laughing, and squinting has no doubt led to some fine lines and wrinkles creeping their way onto your face. It’s inevitable. But at least there’s something you can do about it.
The Silk’n Titan uses energy technology to help erase sun damage. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially around your eyes. And it also helps minimize age spots, also caused by sunlight. At the same time, Titan rejuvenates both your collagen and elastin, improving your skin’s elasticity.
2. Start an exfoliating routine — face and body
While you’re getting your skin all rejuvenated, take some time to get rid of your old skin, too. Honestly, you don’t need it anymore. And old piled up cells just leave your skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Plus, they can clog your pores, leading to acne. Get rid of them!
Make your skin look as fresh and as healthy as you can. And make sure you do it for your body as well. Even people who exfoliate religiously often stop when they’re done with their face. But what do we do in summer? We wear heat-appropriate clothing, that’s what. And that means more skin is bound to show.
There are many approaches you can take to body exfoliation. Clarisonic owners, for example, can’t seem to get enough of the body brush attachment. If you haven’t got one of those, however, try a pre-shower scrub with Suki Exfoliate Foaming Body Cleanser or an in-shower scrub like Ahava Dead Sea Salt Softening Butter.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget to give your feet a good scrub, too. It was a long winter, and they spent far too much time stuffed inside your boots.
3. Consider giving your body a little contour
While you’re exfoliating, ask yourself if a body contouring device is right for you.
The Silk’n Silhouette lets you tighten up loose skin in the privacy of your own home, improving the firmness and feel of your skin. And this gentle yet effective smoothing treatment also reduces the appearance of cellulite by stimulating collagen production. Just in time for swimwear season, too.
InModeMD, makers of both non-invasive body procedures and minimally invasive aesthetic solutions and innovative solutions for the most sought-after cosmetic treatments, will get your body and face in super shape for summer in no time!
4. Be ready for acne — anywhere
Nothing beats getting active in the sunshine, but it has one big drawback — acne. Summertime activities often lead to sweating in places you didn’t even know you had pores. And when those pores get dirty, acne’s never far off.
To reduce your risk of breaking out, try showering with cool water after sweaty activities. The cool water washes everything away without opening your pores, which could trap dirt and oils and further dehydrate your skin. And while you’re taking that cool shower, take a bar Cetaphil with you to further guard against break outs.
5. Try a more natural look
More and more these days, women tend to favor a more natural look in summer. Heavy make-up just doesn’t cut it under such unforgiving light. Better to take on the world with a fresh face that’s ready for anything but still protected from harmful radiation. (More on that topic below.)
Try to keep your make-up to a minimum this summer. If you feel the need for a foundation, try a light power like bareMinerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen. And protect your lips from drying out with a gloss or balm that has at least SPF 15.
6. Stay hydrated
Drinking water is always important, but never more so than in summer. Besides regulating your body temperature and helping to energize your muscles, water’s critical to keeping your skin hydrated as well. And hydrated skin is less prone to wrinkling.
The sun is hell-bent on drying you out this summer. Don’t let it. Be the person that obsessively carries a 1L Nalgene bottle with you everywhere you go if that’s what it takes. Because your skin is the last part of your body to get replenished when you drink. All your internal organs are first in line at the watering hole. You’ve got to go that extra mile if you want to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
7. SPF — everywhere!
When the sun comes to dry out your skin, it’s also going to bombard it with harmful radiation. That’s why it’s crucial you have SPF in everything. We’re all about keeping your skin looking great this summer, so we need to keep you protected from ultraviolet light as much as possible.
The latest trend in sunscreen is lightness. Heavy, oily sun protection is strictly passé. You want something that’ll protect your skin while still letting it breathe. Something like Kate Somerville Protect SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen.
For your protection, always look for sunscreen that guards against both UVA and UVB with an SPF factor between 30 and 70. And don’t forget your hands and feet. Make sure you protect everything, in fact. Including that oft-neglected part in your hair. Try a sunscreen spray like Supergoop! Play 100% Mineral SPF 30 for those isolated, hard to reach areas like your scalp.
8. The many splendored joys of edible sunscreen
For added protection from the sun, try to supplement your diet with as much vitamin C and E as you can. Research is suggesting that these vitamins can help minimize the harmful effects of the sun on your skin.
You can get vitamin C from foods like citrus, berries, and tomatoes and vitamin E from things like almonds, spinach, and avocado. Put them all together and that sounds like a pretty awesome salad.
Mind you, this is no substitute for sunscreen. It just might give you a little-added protection. Also, bear in mind that vitamin C is water soluble. Your body can’t store it, so you’ll need to ingest it daily to enjoy its benefits. OJ, anyone?
9. Put together a sunburn first aid kit
So, you’re having a great time in the sun and you’re hyper-vigilant about using sunscreen . . . but you still get burned. Unfortunately, that’ll happen from time to time. Even when you’re being careful.
The best thing for it is a little foresight. Before summer, while you're buying your new wardrobe complete with sandals and a wide-brimmed floppy hat, put together a little first aid kit. Put in anything and everything that can help take the sting out of a sunburn. Go old school and put in Noxzema and aloe vera gel. Or go for something more modern, like Korres Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel.
Whichever way you decide to go, make sure you take care of it before you soak up too much sun. Like a good scout, you should be prepared.
10. Lookout for hyperpigmentation
While we’re on the topic of too much sun, it’s a good time to discuss hyperpigmentation.
No sunscreen is 100% effective. That’s why the term sunblock has fallen out of favor lately. Dark patches of skin are bound to pop up every so often. Age spots and the like. So that’s another thing to put on your be-prepared list.
Many people aren’t happy about hyperpigmentation and do everything in their power to keep it at bay. If this is you, keep a skin brightener like Skin Medica Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum on hand.
Or, as discussed above, this is also one of the issues you can address with the Silk’n Titan.
Getting summery, in summary
Summer was made for having fun in the sun. And the best way to enjoy yourself this summer is to be worry-free.
The important thing to remember is to be ready for everything summer has to throw at you. Get your skin ready for lighter, airier, perhaps more-revealing clothes. Do your best to prevent harmful side effects from playing in the sun. And have a back-up plan, just in case you get a little too much sunshine and require some tender loving aftercare.
- Shannon O'connell