This week, the topic of our Summer Prep Challenge is SKIN!
The name of the game for summer skin is hydration, moisturizing and sun protection.
Chances are these are things you are already doing, so let's just make an effort to be more consistent and intentional about these healthy skin habits, ok?
1. Drink your water! This first habit we started with a few weeks ago is so important for your skin too, so keep it - down the hatch!
2. Exfoliate! Exfoliation is the removal of dry/dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and is one of the most important aspects of your skincare routine. Exfoliation not only helps many skin problems, it also increases blood circulation, which in turn helps you to achieve healthy and glowing skin.
I use this body wash and this exfoliating wash cloth that I love (it's inexpensive, washable and makes it easy to reach your back and shoulders.) For a budget body wash, this Oil of Olay Age Defying Body Wash comes highly recommended too.
3. Moisturize! I learned about this moisturizer with 12% Glycolic AHA from Angie at Hot & Flashy (my favorite over 50 YouTuber) when researching what to use to help with crepy skin, especially on my legs. I use it all over my body now and find it is really helping. The key is to apply it right after you get out of the shower to lock in the moisture. During the summer months when I'm showing more skin, I mix in a few drops of this oil for added moisture and a healthy glow.
4. I think we've all (hopefully) gotten really vigilant about using a quality sunscreen on our faces (I use this sunscreen under this SPF make-up, and carry this stick with me everywhere. I also occasionally touch up with this powder suncreen).
I confess though, in the past I have been less diligent about protecting my skin on my body. I have fairly dark skin that doesn't burn easily but that is no excuse for being lazy or negligent with regard to sun protection.
I just ordered this tinted sunscreen: the innovative formulations match a wider range of skin tones—and also help camouflage imperfections and even skin tone. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, these mists sit on top of the skin and bounce the sun’s rays away from the skin. (Plus, they’re air-powered—no aerosol!)
So as summer approaches, along with the showing of more skin....let's work to protect and take better care of the skin we're in!