The summer is winding down, which means it’s almost time to swap suitcases with backpacks and swimsuits with scarves. But before you start planning your study schedule or new wardrobe, consider transitioning your skin. Over the summer, skin is exposed to many elements that can leave it dehydrated and damaged.
Rejuvenate stressed, summer skin by tweaking your skin care routine to incorporate these skin-enriching practices:
1. Refine pores. Sweating naturally opens pores to help expel toxins, so after months of hot, hot heat, your pores may need some extra TLC. Our Fruit Acid Toner, B Green Mud Mask, or a trip to an esthetician are all recommended ways to deep clean, refine, and tighten pores.
2. Get rid of rough skin. Exposed skin, especially feet that spent months in flip-flops, can easily accumulate rough patches during the summer. Our Moisturizing Body Buff is great for all over exfoliation (with the exception of the face). Not only will it help reduce rough patches, but it will also slough off dead skin cells that you may not know were hanging around.
3. Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more. Time spent in the sun, in chlorinated pools, or even in salt water can seriously dry out skin. Our Luxe Body Butter offers moisture for the body, while our Healing Hand Butter is great for hands and feet that need some extra attention. Slather some on before you go to bed and cover up with gloves and/or socks and let the moisture-rich ingredients do their thing while you sleep. For your face, consider adding an additional moisturizer to your routine, like our B Quenched.
4. Load up on antioxidants. The sun’s UV rays can seriously disrupt our cells by creating free radicals. Antioxidants repair these damaged cells, so ensure that you are consuming an antioxidant-rich diet and using products that have antioxidant ingredients. One of our favorite products is our Antioxidant Skin Boost, which allows you to add a boost of antioxidants, like Vitamin C, to your existing products.
5. Pay attention to your Vitamin D intake. Vitamin D, a nutrient our bodies cannot make on its own, plays a big role in bone health, as well as works to prevent some disease like cancer, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. During the summer we get an enriching dose of vitamin D from the sun, but when fall arrives we begin covering up exposed skin and spending more time indoors. To make up for this loss add Vitamin D-rich foods, like fish, dairy, cheese, and eggs to your regular diet.
Because “summer skin” is an accumulation of months spent outdoors, none of these practices are overnight fixes. They are also cumulative. Make them part of your daily routine and, over a few week’s time, you will notice a healthier version of your skin.