For those of you who want flawless skin, here are some summer skin care tips:
Use sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen!
Look for products labeled ‘broad-spectrum’ as they protect against both UVA and UVB radiation. Studies show the most effective amount of sunscreen required is a teaspoon for the face and a shot glass for the body, and it should be applied every two hours. Other smart suggestions: Always wear sunglasses and invest in a cute summer hat!
Keep hydrated both inside and out
Increase your hydration by drinking lots of water and applying intensive serums made from hyaluronic acid, perfect when layered underneath a rich moisturizer. Hydrating face spritzers are a great way to add moisture during the day when you’re on the go. I love Caudalie’s Grape Water Spray.
Don’t use perfume when you know you'll be outdoors.
Be careful — your favorite scent may be increasing your chances to burn and pigment. Certain perfumes containing citrus notes are photosensitive, causing the skin to develop dark spots in the sun. To be safe, avoid fragrances when you are going to be in the sun.
The best quick fix for a sunburn doesn’t require special lotions.
If you do get a burn, the goal is to reduce inflammation — and fast! Take an aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce the redness. Soak a facecloth in a bowl of ice and apply it to the area for 10 minutes followed by an application of hydrocortisone cream or aloe vera.
Repair and treat sun damage as part of a long-term care plan.
Overexposure to the sun causes photo-aging in the form of brown spots, regardless of whether you have burned your skin or not. Look for products that contain tretinoin, azelaic acid, and kojic acid to fade the appearance of superficial brown spots. Try chemical peels, intense pulsed light, and micro-needling for more effective solutions to fading deeper sun and age brown spots. Enjoy the summer, but stay safe!