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8 Of My Best Tips For Summer Friendly Anti-Aging
It's summer! Hurray!
There's something about warm summer days, backyard BBQ's, and family time at the beach or pool that make summer the best season of all.
Summer is a time to relax and enjoy life a bit more. A time to lighten up in everything from the clothes we wear to our mental outlook.
And when you're lighting up, that also includes your skincare routine.
One thing you don't want in the summer is weighty skincare products that feel greasy on your skin, yet you still want to protect and nourish your skin every day.
And if you're of an age that has you reaching for anti-aging products, you don't want to give them up. Though, in the warm summer months, they can feel heavy on your skin.
The good news is; you don't have to!
There are plenty of easy ways to continue to provide your lovely skin with the best in anti-aging without feeling smothered in the process.
It goes without saying that you're likely well aware of two basic no-brainers when it comes to caring for your skin: Sunscreen and hydration!
It's everything else that may have you scratching your head and wondering how to adapt your anti-aging regimen for summer.
That's why I'm excited to share with you some of my favorite anti-aging skincare tips to keep your skin radiant and glowing all summer long!
Hot Summer Skincare
When it comes to cleansing your skin, the primary objective is to rid your skin of excess oils and pore-clogging debris without over-drying.
Steer clear of harsh cleansers that can dry or irritate your skin. Always chose a product with gentle, non-irritating ingredients that cleanse and nourish your skin, while also providing a dose of anti-aging benefits as well.
One cleanser I especially love is Rhonda Allison Foaming Peptide Cleanser. It gently removes impurities, infuses your skin with nourishing vitamins and probiotics, and is safe and gentle enough for the most sensitive skin.
And it's the perfect summer cleanser for all skin types! But don't save it just for summer. This is a cleanser you can use year-round!
Keeping your skin hydrated during the summer is crucial. But now's the time to switch to a lighter-weight moisturizer than you've been using during fall or winter. Choose one that leaves your skin feeling cool and fresh. And if it also contains a potent SPF component, so much the better!
One moisturizer I highly recommend for anti-aging and hydration that's perfect during the summer is Image Skincare Prevention+ Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer SPF 50.
This product provides high level broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection as it moisturizes. It won't wash off in water or when you sweat, making it perfect for outdoor sports and even swimming. And being free of fillers and parabens, it's an excellent choice for even the most sensitive skin. Bonus: this formula is packed with antioxidants and plant stem cells, meaning you get environmental protection and anti-aging in addition to the above!!
During the summer, gentle exfoliation is a must for clearing away impurities. Even though you've switched to lighter weight products, your skin will still tend to be a bit oilier than usual when the weather is warm. Exfoliation will leave your skin fresh and radiant as it sweeps your pores of impurities.
But do be careful not to overdo it when it comes to exfoliating your skin. Some women only need to exfoliate once or twice a week, while others may be able to do so more often.
Your esthetician is your best resource for guidance on how often you should exfoliate to keep your skin looking its beautiful best.
And as always, be sure to follow the directions on your product – there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
4. Nourish and Protect
No matter the season, as your skin ages, extra nourishment, and protection from the environment is a must. And let's face it, it's never too late to provide your skin with extra loving care to slow down signs of aging.
Look for serums and treatments loaded with peptides, vitamins, and antioxidants. If they feel too heavy during the day, use them only at night during the warm summer months.
And of course, you always want to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Applying a nourishing moisturizer with added SPF protection to hydrate and protect your skin should be on your daily to-do list all year-round.
And be sure to keep your beach bag stocked with quality sunscreens all summer long as your best defense against aging.
5. Hydrate From the Inside-Out
During the summer months, your skin and your body crave even more hydration than usual. Keep a bottle of fresh filtered water handy to sip from (and refill) throughout the day.
Water cleanses your system, plumps up your skin cells, and helps keep your skin moist, dewy, and fresh.
Bonus: Staying hydrated can aid in weight management and keep you feeling alert and refreshed all day long. A huge plus for busy ladies and mama bears alike!
6. Wear Sunglasses
Your eyes and the skin around them need protection from the sun. Not only can sun exposure lead to cataracts later in life, but all that squinting can cause crow’s feet around your eyes to form. Ugh!
Protect your eye area with a good pair of UV protective sunglasses. And don't forget to apply a healthy dollop of eye cream, preferably with added SPF protection, every day!
Hint: if you’ve been looking for that perfect sign to tell you to go ahead and purchase those cute sunnies you’ve been eyeing, consider this your sign ;).
7. Drink Your Antioxidants
Relax with a glass of green tea over ice for a refreshing thirst quencher loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Green tea is practically a magic elixir as it contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which works to protect your skin from the sun's damage from the inside out. EGCG does come in supplement form, but it is essential to consult any potential new supplements with your doctor before taking them!
A cold glass of green tea is a great and refreshing way to recharge on a busy summer day!
8. Smile and Laugh
Just for giggles and laughs, I had to throw this one in here. After all, not all anti-aging regimens go on your skin. When you feel good, you just naturally look your best.
A smile instantly melts years off of your face. It just might be the most powerful anti-aging treatment in your skincare beauty bag! :)
When it comes to anti-aging skincare this summer, a few simple product tweaks make it easy to feel cool and fresh, while keeping your skin looking radiant and gorgeous all season long.
How do you change up your skincare routines during the summer? Share some of your favorite tips in the comments below.