We are half way through the summer and it is officially HOT. Due to vacations, chlorine, and lots of sun, our skin, hair and bodies are taking on the “Summer Effect”. Living in Waco means we use the pool… A LOT…. and the chlorine dries out our skin and hair.
It’s time to adjust your Beauty Regime from SELF-CARE to SUMMER CARE
Beauty tips, such as sunscreen, are forever tried and true….but we can step up our game and enhance our summer skin & body care while keeping it easy and affordable.
1. Sunscreen for Lips & Scalp
Number one and always number one…..SUNSCREEN.
O.k. most of us now know the importance of sunscreen. Even those of us who used to sun bath and tan for hours with no SPF now coat ourselves and our children in pounds of sunscreen. Many of us have even taken to rash guards and only sit in the shade. Congrats. You have got this. However, don’t forget your Lips and Scalp.
These areas are easily forgotten and really hurt when they get burned. Plus, our lips are sensitive and after sun exposure are susceptible to developing patches of Actinic Keratoses and Melanoma.
According to Prevention Magazine and New York based Board-Certified Dermatologist Hadley King, there are two important ingredients called emollients that should be included to make lip sunscreen effective.
Sunscreen for Lips: Important Tip: Use an SPF of 15 or Higher
Lip sunscreen should contain ingredients that properly moisturize: Look for Hyaluronic Acid, Honey, Glycerin, Shea Butter, and Coconut Oil.
Sunscreen for Scalp: Apply on the Hair Line for SPF Protection
SPF 50 Shiseido is a spray that is sweat and oil-resistant. It can also be used on scalp, face, and body. It is a non-greasy option that will not make your hair heavy or greasy. It contains antioxidants to protect from damaging free radicals.
Supergoop is a mineral sunscreen mist with an SPF of 30. It also includes zinc and dries clear on all skin tones.
Neutrogena is easy to find at your local grocery store and very affordable.
Smooths out Uneven Skin Tone and Gives a Healthy Glow.
I’ts been around for awhile but the quality continues to improve.
Jergens lotion is a product that can be found in your local grocery store and can easily be incorporated into your grocery budget.
St. Tropez is more specialized but can be found on Amazon. This product comes in a foam that makes it easy to apply and lessens the look of streaking after self-application.
3. Exfoliate Skin
Choose a Serum with Hyaluronic Acid: Ingredients in Serums can often penetrate skin better than moisturizers and keep your skin more hydrated during the summer.
According to Health.com these are two affordable and accessible options:
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum is easy and affordable
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum is a great product to hydrate your dry skin.
Use Natural Ingredients from your Kitchen to offer your Dry Skin Some Relief
Eat Apples & Citrus: It’s healthy for the whole body and packed with antioxidants but works as a natural exfoliate. Eat it up!
Salt is a great body exfoliate when gently massaged into the skin. It is better to salt on the body and fine sugar for the face. Sugar is gentler on the skin.
Milk contains Lactic Acid which is a great at removing dead skin cells, and can be massaged into the face.
4. Cool off Skin
Heat can dry out skin. Relieve your skin with a Cool Shower or Spray Mist.
Ulta Beauty Rosewater Facial Mist is a great option at $8.
Helpful Tip: When on vacation let your skin breath and allow time for no-make up.
5. Hair Mask
Summer does a number on our hair. The heat and chlorine dry it out. Use a hair mask to repair dry or damaged hair.
Pantene One Step Nourishing Mask costs as little as $1.99 at Target.
There are many good choices and brands that are affordable and easy to find while grocery shopping or shopping on Amazon.
Turning SELF-CARE into SUMMER-CARE has never been easier!
Important Note: If you have allergies, sensitive skin, acne, are on medication, or reoccurring issues it is always best to consult a dermatologist.