If you’re anything like us, summer time means spending as much time outdoors- whether it’s hiking, sea kayaking, horseback riding or lounging by the pool. This also means your skin needs to be nurtured and protected from the harmful effects of this sun. Here are six ways to nurture your skin and maintain that healthy, glowing complexion throughout spring and summer
1. Apply SPF: Make it a morning ritual. Make up and moisturizers containing SPF aren’t enough to get you through the day. Most make up products don’t contain enough SPF to block harmful UVA rays. After applying your make up, always include a broad spectrum, lightweight sunscreen like Clinique’s City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25.
2. Hydrate your skin with a mask. With about two-and-a-half roses per jar, the Rose Face Mask from Fresh is a great hydrating mask to use after a long day in the sun. The cooling gel formula includes rose water, rose petals, cucumbers and aloe vera to reduce inflammation and restore radiance. It also includes green tea extract, which protects and brightens your skin.
3. Maintain hydrated skin throughout the summer to ensure healthy cells and resilience. Look for products that contain hyaluronic acid for smooth skin that never dries out. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring element of connective tissue that gives strength and flexibility to skin and blood vessels. It also helps keep your skin saturated, supporting a youthful, healthy appearance. Try Murad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, an intensely-oxygenating, all-purpose cream, which delivers eight hours of ideal moisture and restores elasticity and tone.
4. Nurture your skin through nutrition. Certain foods containing lycopene boosts your SPF to help prevent sunburns and cellular damage. Tomatoes, pink grapefruits, guava and watermelons act as a sunscreen from the inside—but do not replace the daily practice of applying lotion!
5. Introduce Vitamin D into your diet. While you may be thinking vitamin D is necessary for your body’s function and prevents chronic diseases and cancers, experts say unprotected sun exposure is dangerous. Try getting your daily intake of vitamin D through vitamins as well foods like milk, salmon and orange juice.
6. Accessorize. Stay covered up this summer with a cute, wide brim, floppy hat, which covers your face and shoulders while still being on-trend. Try Rachel Zoe’s Straw Brim Hat that goes with everything.
7. Treat yourself to a spa visit. At Travaasa Austin, the 80-minute rejuvenating clay and aloe wrap with unrefined, green clay will hydrate and shield sun-damaged skin with intense stimulation. At Travaasa Hana, the 90-minute, blue lotus pure facial provides essential nutrition and replenishes amino acids to purify your skin as it restores balance. The rare blue lotus and other therapeutic plants and flowers inspired this healing and recovering treatment.